One of the reasons why so many people develop wrinkles is because we lose facial volume as we grow older. When fat in the cheeks and jowls is metabolized, it tends to result in loose skin, deep creases and fine lines. Dermal fillers are designed to restore volume to a patient’s skin, eradicate wrinkles and improve the overall symmetry of their face.
What About Surgical Options?
There are quite a few reasons why so many patients shy away from surgical treatments, such as forehead lifts and facelifts. These procedures can be quite effective, but most patients will need to take two or three weeks off of work following their appointment. The vast majority of lifts also leave scars that will be visible for the rest of the patient’s life. The surgeon can try to place the scars in indiscreet locations, but there is no way to hide them entirely. Modern dermal fillers can tighten and tone a patient’s skin just like a lift, but there is no recovery time or scars.
The Science Behind Dermal Fillers
Most dermal fillers contain a substance known as hyaluronic acid (HA). This particular acid is naturally produced by our bodies when we are younger, but the rate of production declines as we grow older. Over the years, researchers have found that high doses of HA stimulate our skin so that it naturally heals itself. While this substance was initially used to lubricate joints immediately following surgeries, it is now very popular in the cosmetic field.
In addition to stimulating the body’s healing response, dermal fillers also add volume to the patient’s face. When an individual’s cheeks become sunken, their skin will eventually sag and cause wrinkles. Injectables often contain artificial collagen to actually replace some of the soft tissue that has been lost. This creates a firm and toned appearance along the mouth, nose, cheeks and eyes.
Your Dermal Filler Appointment
Dermal fillers are safe and effective. For many of our patients, the appointments can be carried out in just 15 or 20 minutes. You will begin by speaking with our specialist so that you get a better idea of what to expect during the treatment. Our team can help you choose one or more injectables that will help you meet your specific goals.
On the day of your first session, you should arrive at the office with little or no makeup near the treatment sites. Immediately following the treatment, patients should avoid the sun and any strenuous activities for the rest of the day. Other than temporary redness near the injection sites, most patients experience absolutely no unusual side effects.
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