At West Dermatology, our team sees patients every day who are considering facial rejuvenation. Those looking to combat the effects of aging often want procedures requiring as little surgery or downtime as possible. After consultation and evaluation with one of our qualified physicians, many patients choose dermal fillers.
Appearance goals and suitable treatments differ from person to person based on a wide variety of factors. Whatever your unique needs may be, you can learn more about how West Dermatology can help you by scheduling a consultation through contacting us online or calling us today.
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What Exactly are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are substances, usually in the form of a gel, injected just under the surface of the skin to enhance the appearance of your face.
These injectable fillers are made up of biosynthetic materials (such as calcium hydoxylapatite) or natural ones (hyaluronic acids and collagens) that help fill in certain areas beneath the skin. These fillers include Juvederm, Restylane, Restylane Silk, Perlane, Belotero, and more. Depending on your unique needs and your problem areas, one or more of these types of fillers may be right for you.
The procedure is minimally invasive – there’s no cutting or pulling as with surgery – and very little or no pain. In fact, most of our patients report barely feeling the needle as it’s injected.
Why Get Dermal Fillers?
Many patients decide on dermal fillers over surgery to offset the ravages of getting older because it’s often seen as safer and the results are more gradual. Aging means that we lose subcutaneous fat in our faces. This causes our facial muscles to be closer to the skin surface, making any smile lines or crow’s feet more apparent.
To elaborate, aging causes us to gain lines and wrinkles around our eyes, mouths, cheeks, and noses due to the loss of each of the following:
- Collagen, a protein that supports firm, resilient skin
- Elastin, which resists wrinkles and firms skin
- Hyaluronic acid, which holds water in the skin to keep its volume and shape
Cosmetic fillers restore volume and fullness to your face by diminishing acne scars, frown lines between your eyes, and the smile lines around your nose and mouth. They also plump thin lips, soften wrinkles or facial creases, enhance shallow lines, and improve the appearance of old or recessed scars. To minimize the early signs of aging or just enjoy the therapeutic benefits of facial rejuvenation, dermal fillers could be an excellent choice.
On the other hand, if you want or need a facelift, brow lift, or eyelift, dermal fillers are not recommended. Those types of procedures are more serious and achieve results that non-surgical rejuvenation treatments cannot.
You can choose among different types of dermal filler treatments, each with their own features and benefits, but how do you know which one is best for you? Is a temporary filler procedure suitable for you? Or is a more permanent filler procedure better?
Talk to one of our specialists to figure out which is best for you.
Learn more answers to frequently asked questions about dermal fillers at Skinpedia.
Types of Dermal Fillers
Various cosmetic fillers have different chemical compositions, lengths of effectiveness, and degrees of softness. In general, the softer ones are for areas around the lips, nose, and eyes while the sturdier ones are used to enhance cheekbones. After consulting with one of our cosmetic dermatologists, you can determine the best filler type and volume for your area of concern.
Let’s take a closer look at filler types.
Generally, temporary fillers last six to nine months and are safe because your body absorbs them, making any side effect minimal and short-lived while providing the needed benefits of volumized and more youthful-looking skin in the face and various areas of the body. Popular fillers of this type are made from such synthetic materials as collagen, hyaluronic acid, and calcium hydroxylapatite.
Temporary fillers include:
Collagen Stimulators: Injectable treatments made from poly-l-lactic acid (PLLA) to promote the growth of your own collagen, they add volume, firm up wrinkles and lines, and improve skin texture and tone. These products include Radiesse, Sculptra, and Bellafil, each of which have their own unique benefits and preferable areas of treatment. With the help of a skilled dermatologist, these dermal fillers can be applied for the most effective results possible. The effects are gradual, ideal if you’re worried about sudden changes that scream “I had work done!” The effects can last as long as two years.
Hyaluronic Acid Fillers (HAFs): Since hyaluronic acid (HA) occurs naturally in nature, as evidenced by the fact that it’s in every living being on Earth, these fillers are biocompatible and rarely elicit side effects. This makes them a safe, popular choice. HA attracts and binds with the body’s natural stores of water, creating a natural, gradual plumping of the skin, resulting in a more youthful, smoother look. Popular brands include Restylane and Juvéderm, both of which are often used as under eye fillers. There’s also Voluma, designed to be effective for 18-24 months and the first HAF targeting the cheek.
Permanent fillers are not as commonly used due to their indefinite effects. However, depending on circumstances, some patients simply want them or physicians recommend them. Permanent fillers are also injected under the skin. Instead of gel, though, they contain millions of tiny acrylic beads that the body cannot absorb. This causes the body to build a shell of collagen around the affected area.
If you’re leaning toward a permanent filler, consider these two things: you’ll have to be allergy tested and the procedure cannot be reversed.
Consult One of Our Professionals
Filler treatments can help anyone who wants to reduce the effects of aging at any stage. They can be tailored to your unique circumstances and you can research them to find what could benefit you. However, consult with us first about your particular situation before you decide on any treatment.
If you have questions about cosmetic fillers, we have answers. Schedule a complimentary consultation today by visiting West Dermatology in California, Nevada, and Arizona, contacting us online, or calling 888-554-8740.
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