Today, the most popular cosmetic treatments are less invasive than ever before. Cosmetic surgery is becoming less sought-after, and patients are increasingly turning to minimally invasive treatments for a more youthful appearance. One of the most popular treatments is dermal fillers. These injectables can address a range of common skin concerns. The results last for months, if not years, and the risk of side effects is incredibly low.
If you’re seeking a more youthful look, you’d be wise to consider dermal fillers. Here are some top benefits to explore.
It’s entirely normal to develop facial wrinkles as you age. Your skin loses collagen over time, and with less collagen, your skin becomes thinner and more apt to wrinkle.
There are two key types of wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles are most obvious when you move your face, and those respond well to neurotoxin injections, such as Botox. Static wrinkles are always visible – even when you’re not moving your face. These wrinkles don’t respond well to Botox, but they do respond well to fillers. Filler injections add volume beneath the skin, essentially filling in skin so it can no longer fold and wrinkle. Common wrinkle sites that respond well to fillers include:
- Marionette Lines: Wrinkles to the sides of your mouth.
- Nasolabial Folds: Wrinkles between your nose and mouth.
- Forehead Lines: Wrinkles that stretch horizontally across your forehead.
Fillers can also be used for dynamic wrinkles if you’re not a good candidate for Botox. Common dynamic wrinkle sites include the outside of the eyes (crow’s feet) and between the eyebrows (frown lines).
Fewer Fine Lines
Do you find yourself looking in the mirror and questioning whether you do or don’t have wrinkles? If so, you probably have fine lines, which are tiny, baby wrinkles that are just starting to form. They often start to show up when you’re 25 to 30 years old. Excessive sun exposure, smoking, and exposure to environmental toxins may accelerate their development.
Dermal fillers are excellent for erasing fine lines. Your practitioner can inject a tiny amount of filler – just enough to make your skin look smoother and more youthful. Not only will this ease the appearance of fine lines, but it may also slow down their development.
As you age and your skin loses collagen and elastin, you may start to notice some sagging. Some people experience sagging in their cheeks. In others, the sagging is most noticeable around the chin or to the sides of the eyes. Dermal fillers can be used to add volume to these areas, making your skin look plump and youthful again. In fact, there are several dermal fillers that are specifically formulated to address sagging. They typically contain substances that hold onto water to create ample volume, even months after treatment.
Not everyone is born with a symmetrical face. Maybe one side of your nose looks a bit puffier than the other. Or perhaps one of your cheeks sags a little more than the other. Asymmetry can also develop or worsen as you age. A cosmetic dermatologist can easily address these concerns with filler injections. They may give you a small amount of filler in the less-full side of your face. Or, they may use filler in both sides, but administer a larger dose on the side where your loss of skin volume is more noticeable.
Fillers can also be used to improve facial symmetry after injuries or surgery.
Little to No Preparation
So, why are filler injections so much better than cosmetic surgery? For one, dermal filler injections require much less preparation. You may need to avoid harsh skin treatments or stay out of the sun for a few days before treatment. However, you won’t have to have blood tests, fast, or undergo multiple consultations like you would before plastic surgery. This makes dermal fillers a simple, efficient treatment that almost anyone can squeeze into their busy schedule.
No Recovery Time
After you have dermal filler injections, you can go right back to work, school, or family life. In some cases, you may be asked to avoid heavy exercise for a day or two. And you will need to stay out of the sun. However, there’s no need to spend days in bed or care for wounds. Lots of patients schedule filler appointments during their lunch breaks.
One of the biggest advantages of dermal fillers is the fact that there are so many options. Your practitioner can evaluate your skin and your desired results, then recommend the filler that best suits your needs. If one filler doesn’t quite give you the results you desire, you can try a different one the next time.
Some of the most common dermal fillers include:
- Juvederm® Voluma™: This filler contains cross-linked hyaluronic acid and can help correct sagging cheeks.
- Juvederm® Ultra: This advanced dermal filler works well for fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth and eyes.
- Juvederm® Ultra Plus: This stronger, thicker filler works wonders for nasolabial folds, which are wrinkles between the mouth and nose.
- Radiesse®: Formulated with calcium hydroxyapatite, Radiesse is used for moderate to severe wrinkles.
- Sculptra®: This filler works by boosting your skin’s collagen production and can be used for cheeks and smile lines.
The results of dermal fillers are not permanent, but they are long-lasting. Most filler injections last up to a year, and some can last as long as 2 months. When you start to notice your wrinkles or fine lines again, you can make another appointment for your next round of injections.
Patients often find that their results last longer as time goes on. So, for example, the results of your first filler injections may only last 10 months, but your second injections may last for 14 months.
If long-lasting results are a priority, mention this to your practitioner. They may recommend a longer-lasting filler, such as Juvederm Voluma, over one that dissipates faster.
You don’t have to go under the knife to ease fine lines and wrinkles. And you don’t have to spend hundreds in creams that barely work, either. Dermal fillers really are the way to go for most patients who are seeking a more toned, youthful appearance. To learn more, schedule a consultation with Balance Med Spa in Orlando. Our experienced practitioners will evaluate your skin and recommend the best fillers to suit your needs.