3 Things to Know About Dermal Fillers

by | Feb 6, 2017

There are a lot of different factors that can impact the quality of our skin — from aging and sun damage to stress and hormones, it seems like our skin is always changing. Even for the 75% of Americans who are chronically dehydrated, skin problems, like acne and fine lines, may come and go. But when it comes to managing deep lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin, there is an easy fix — dermal fillers. If you’ve been considering this procedure, keep reading to learn more about how it works and what you should know.

What Are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers consist of either natural or synthetic materials that are injected into the skin. As we age, our skin slowly begins to lose volume and plumpness, which both help to keep the skin feeling tight and youthful. This procedure works with the skin’s cells to reconnect tissues and provide a facelift-like result. Fillers can help patients get glowing skin that feels healthier and tighter than ever before without having to undergo extensive treatments, like plastic surgery. Fillers can last between six to eighteen months, depending on the filler and the part of the body it is used on. Additionally, results can vary from person to person — filler results can vary based on the type of skin and simply how well it’s suited to the patient’s body.

Where Can Dermal Fillers Be Used?

Generally, dermal fillers are used on the face — they are widely known for filling the deep lines around the nasolabial folds, smoker’s lines, and those chin creases that we refer to as ‘marionette’ lines. Basically, any fine or deep lines on the face can be filled out and plumped with fillers. Another common use of fillers is lip enhancement, which can produce naturally plump lips. But what some people don’t know is that fillers can be used on body parts other than the face. A few other filler services may include:
  • Earlobe Rejuvenation: Loss of volume and heavy earrings can lead to tears in the earlobe, where piercings are. Fortunately, patients can resolve this problem with injectable dermal fillers – by filling this area with dermal filler, it allows the tissue to reconnect and often, stay connected well enough to wear earrings again.
  • Hand Rejuvenation: While it may seem unusual, more and more people are choosing to inject their fingers and hands to fill the look of bony fingers and veiny-hands. Our hands get exposed to a lot of wear and tear and quickly show wrinkles, fine lines, and loose skin. Dermal fillers can help people have youthful-looking hands again. They can even couple fillers with an IPL photofacial for more youthful hands. This is popular with patients who are getting married (or remarried!) at a later age or just want to show off a beautiful ring.
  • Acne Scarring: Deep ‘pockmarks’ or indentation scars from cystic acne can really combat one’s self-esteem. An increasing number of patients are using dermal fillers to fill these deep scars and smooth the overall look of the skin – this works particularly well on the deep scars usually on the cheeks and nose. By using fillers, people can get rid of their acne scars and have smooth skin again.

Common Types of Dermal Fillers

Just like most services that focus on skin tightening and plumping, there is a wide variety of options for fillers. JUVÉDERM® is one of the most popular choices for hyaluronic acid fillers. This type of filler can add volume and plumpness to varying parts of the body — cheeks, lips, and fine lines can all benefit from this type of filler. Sculptra® is another common option for filler. This collagen enhancement can work with the skin’s remaining collagen to tighten the skin for natural, youthful results. This type of filler can have longer-lasting results but may need more than one treatment. Other filler options include Restylane, Belotero, and Radiesse that are used to build ‘volume’ in areas like the cheeks to help ‘lift’ the look of the face. We refer to as a ‘filler facelift’ or ‘liquid lift’ – a non-surgical way to make the face appear more full. Oftentimes, more than one type of filler may be used together in order to achieve the desired results. All in all, dermal fillers are a safe and effective way to get younger-looking skin. So if you have wrinkles, deep lines, loose skin, or even acne scars you’re looking to get rid of, visit a med spa to learn more about their injectables. With this simple procedure, you can be well on your way to having the skin you want and deserve.
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