As we age, our skin thins and we lose subcutaneous fat in our faces which results in reduced volume. Also, the amount of hyaluronic acid our skin produces and cell production slows down. The lines on our faces then become more pronounced, smile lines and crows feet also become more visible. Using dermal fillers can help restore youthfulness and address volume loss.
What are they?
Dermal fillers are an injectable alternative to cosmetic surgery which help to diminish signs of aging and boost rejuvenation. There are several types of dermal fillers currently in the market. The selection carried at our office are Juvéderm® and Restylane®. Both of these carry hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic Acid is naturally occurring in our bodies and the key to smooth, flawless, and hydrated skin. It helps to restore volume and minimize the appearance of fine lines, contributing to a more youthful appearance.
- Enhancement of shallow contours
- Plumping of thin lips
- Softening of facial lines, creases, and wrinkles
- Improvement of the appearance of recessed facial scars
- Build structure and define contour
During the consultation, each patient will be able to discuss their goals which will help us to determine whether dermal fillers are the correct option for you. If they are, we look to fully understand your concerns so that we can try to best achieve your expectations. Once your medical history has been reviewed by our staff, we will then examine the areas which will be injected. The area is cleansed with alcohol in order to eliminate any bacteria to prevent infection. A local anesthetic may be applied to numb the area. A needle is then inserted into the skin and the filler may be massaged to fill in the wrinkle or plump the lip. Volume is increased as the Hyaluronic Acid binds and retains water molecules. Results can be seen instantly and can last anywhere from 6-18 months. Slight discomfort upon entry of the needle may occur. Directly afterward, the injection site may bleed or swell slightly or form a bruise. This will go away within a few days, but should not prevent the patient from continuing with normal activities. Treatment time may vary as we strive to address each individual’s particular concern.