How Do Dermal Fillers Work and What Are My Options?Editor
Time impacts everyone. As we all age, our faces naturally lose subcutaneous fat, which means facial muscles are working closer to the surface of the skin. Skin also can stretch and lose elasticity.
The result: It’s easier to see laugh lines around the mouth and crow’s feet around the eyes, among other wrinkles.
That’s the aging process and there’s nothing wrong with that, but there is a way to combat the change and keep a more youthful look. Dermal fillers offer the chance to have non-toxic chemicals injected into the skin that essentially replace that lost fat, smoothing out wrinkles.
It’s a med spa treatment that is relatively easy and increasingly popular.
What Does Dermal filler Do?
Dermal fillers are versatile products that can be used in a large variety of situations. Approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration, these substances when injected under the skin allow people to recover a youthful look without having to go through surgery.
Some of the ways dermal fillers are most frequently used include:
- Adding fullness to thin lips
- Softening creases and wrinkles
- Adding fullness to sunken cheeks
- Improving the appearance of scars
- Contouring the chin and nose
- Decreasing or completing removing shadows on the lower eyelids
Dermal fillers often are used when the first early signs of aging appear. Others may use dermal fillers to enhance the impact of rejuvenation surgery procedures done on the face.
Options for Dermal Fillers
While they cannot do the same level of improvement that is done with a facelift, dermal fillers are perfect for those who see signs of aging and want to do something about it. The procedures work best on those who are committed to a healthy lifestyle and do not smoke.
The effects of dermal fillers are immediate and can last from months to years, depending on the treatment and the patient. As with any cosmetic procedure, patients should have an in-depth consultation with an experienced doctor before undergoing any procedures.
Some of the dermal filler options include:
- Kybella. Used to reduce or eliminate fat under the skin
- Voluma. Used to plump cheeks or temples and to lift jowls and sagging skin
- Restylane lift. This large particle hyaluronic acid filler is used for mid-face contouring as well as filling out cheeks and lifting jowls
- Radiesse. Used to add volume to areas that look “sunken:” because of the aging process.
- Juvederm Ultra. Used to deal with moderate to deep wrinkles and to correct severe facial wrinkles, also used to smooth the lines from the nose to the corner of the mouth (called nasolabial folds), frown lines and “crow’s feet”
- Restylane. Used most often to plump the lips and smooth out moderate facial wrinkles
- Restylane silk. This version of Restylane is used specifically for the lips and wrinkles around the mouth
- Volbella. Used to hydrate chapped, wrinkled lips and smoothing out fine wrinkles
Using dermal fillers offers a chance to combat wrinkles, scars and other facial imperfections without having to undergo surgery. It’s a choice worth considering for those who see the signs of time’s passage and want to take steps to maintain or regain a more youthful look.