Dermal fillers are a highly effective treatment that can restore youthful volume to your skin. So, are they right for you? At Sarah Hamilton FACE in Liberty Lake, WA, we offer dermal fillers to people who are looking for a way to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, achieve fuller lips, or even address the issue of acne scarring. Read on, and we will help you assess this cosmetic option.
What Are Dermal Fillers?
About This Treatment
Dermal fillers are injectables used to add volume to your skin. They are one of the most effective, minimally invasive treatments for reversing the signs of aging. Unlike, facelifts, liposuction, and fat transfers, they do not require surgery. You will see a noticeable improvement immediately after your treatment.
Most fillers use a modified form of Hyaluronic Acid, a naturally occurring substance in your skin that is essential to its structure. The hyaluronic acid stimulates the production of collagen, a protein that gives your skin its elasticity. It also draws moisture to the injected areas. As a result, you can use this treatment to smooth fine lines and wrinkles.
The Aesthetics of This Treatment
This treatment yields natural-looking results. The goal is for you to look like you, not like the fillers! In the past, injectables were used to literally fill in wrinkles, yielding results that appeared artificial. With improvements in the technology, we are now able to use them to add volume to your skin. This new approach is both effective and subtle.
Uses of This Treatment
Most of the uses for this treatment involve restoring youth and smoothness to the skin. Fillers are used to dramatically reduce the appearance of:
- Brow lines
- Marionette lines (Nasolabial folds)
- “11” lines
- Crow’s feet
- Other fine lines and wrinkles
This treatment can also be used to achieve plumper lips and greater volume in the cheeks. This makes it a popular solution for women who have mature skin and younger women who just want to see more volume in specific areas.
The top brands for this treatment are:
How Long Do the Results Last?
The results of this treatment last between six months and one year. Sometimes, people find that the benefits last even longer.
Is This Treatment Safe?
Yes! This treatment is perfectly safe as long as it is performed by a board-certified medical professional. It is FDA approved for use in anyone over age 21, and there are no significant long-term effects. Even if you don’t like the results (which is uncommon), there is an enzyme that can be injected to dissolve the product.
Only pregnant women, women who are breastfeeding, and people with a history of severe allergies should avoid getting fillers. If you are fighting a sinus infection, it is a good idea to wait until it clears up before getting your treatment.
How to Prepare for the Treatment
Clean your face before you come in for your treatment. If you have dental work that needs to be done, either schedule it before your medspa appointment or leave a week afterward for your face to rest. Dental work usually involves applying pressure to your face, which could cause the product to move out of the injected area.
What Should You Do After the Treatment?
Fillers generally require very little downtime. You can leave the medspa immediately after your treatment and resume most normal activities, including going to work. Intense exercise and rigorous activities can be resumed 24 to 48 hours after your treatment.
Why Does Our Skin Change as We Age?
There are a variety of reasons why we all eventually start to see changes in our skin (usually beginning in our late 20s). Some are genetic. Others are environmental. Still others are the result of lifestyle factors.
Loss of Collagen and Elastin
Collagen and elastin are two naturally occurring substances in your face that maintain its structure. You have 43 different muscles in your face. They cause your skin to crease when you make facial expressions. Youthful skin that has a lot of collagen and elastin will return to its original position after your face has relaxed. As we get older, our bodies produce less and less of these substances. As a result, your face will retain creases in the form of lines and wrinkles.
Sun exposure is the #1 cause of premature aging. Unfortunately for those of us who enjoy being outdoors and who might have neglected to wear an SPF consistently, the collagen and elastin in your skin breaks down more quickly after exposure to sunlight.
Certain chemicals and other particles in the atmosphere could contribute to the premature aging of your skin.
Diet and Water Consumption
If you find it difficult to get enough vitamins in your diet, your skin could age faster as a result. Vitamins A, C, E, D, the B vitamins, and zinc are all important to maintaining youthful skin. Not getting enough hydration could also contribute to the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Conversely, there are some foods and drinks that can speed up the aging process. These include alcohol, caffeine, and sweets.
Your genes will determine the rate at which you age. The timeline of this process is different for everyone. Eventually, you will probably start to see lines and wrinkles that resemble those in others in your family.
Lack of Sleep
Our sleeping hours give our bodies a chance to repair themselves. It is during this time that our tissues rebuild. Those of us who do not get enough sleep have less of an opportunity to rejuvenate at night, resulting in an acceleration of the aging process.
Stress is a natural response to pressure, and it can helpful in getting our minds and our bodies ready to deal with difficult situations. Unfortunately, chronic amounts of stress can have a damaging effect on our skin. When we feel stressed, our bodies produce cortisol. This, in turn, breaks down collagen. As we know, any enemy of collagen is an enemy to our skin.
How Can Dermal Fillers Help?
Regardless of whether your fine lines and wrinkles are the result of genetic, environmental, or lifestyle factors, dermal fillers can provide a solution. You might not be able to control the amount of pollution in the air where you live or manage to get the all-important z’s, but you can take control of your appearance with fillers.
Fillers will work to increase the volume that was lost through the processes mentioned above. They are especially effective when combined with good habits, such as eating vitamin-rich foods and managing stress levels.
The Different Kinds of Dermal Fillers
JUVÉDERM® is the top-ranked filler available today. It works by delivering hyaluronic acid to your skin while encouraging the natural production of collagen. One of the reasons it is so popular is because the results last for a long time. Patients who opt for JUVÉDERM® only need to return for treatments every 9 to 12 months. It is effective against fine lines, wrinkles, volume loss in the cheeks and across the jawline, and thin lips.
There are several different formulas available. The best one for you will depend on the viscosity (thickness and consistency) you need to get your desired results. Some options are:
- Juvéderm® Ultra Plus
- Juvéderm® Voluma
- Juvéderm® Volbella
- Juvéderm® Vollure
This filler was designed to combat the process by which our skin sags as it ages. In part, this happens because when we lose bone density, the skin around the bones starts to droop. RESTYLANE® plumps and lifts the skin, delivering results that last between 6 and 9 months. For optimal results, it can be combined with Botox.
- Restylane® Silk
- Restylane® Lyft
- Restylane® Refyne
- Restylane® Defyne
KYBELLA® is an excellent option for people who want to improve their profiles by reducing excess fat under the chin. In fact, it is the only FDA approved injectable that can do so. When you opt for this treatment, you will receive a series of injections, each delivering improvement. The cumulative effect is a more sculpted chin that will retain its new shape for years. It can also be used to address other small areas of the body.
What Are the Differences Between Dermal Fillers and Botox?
Both fillers and Botox are excellent options for people who want to restore a more youthful look by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. While both are injectables, they work in different ways. Fillers add volume. Botox relaxes the muscles that cause wrinkles.
In general, fillers can address deeper lines than Botox. Botox is often used in preventative ways, whereas fillers usually aren’t. Many people use Botox and fillers in combination. These treatments can dramatically decrease the rate at which your skin changes, reducing the need for surgical measures like facelifts and fat transfers.
Who Can Benefit From This Treatment?
Fillers can meet the needs of many people with the following concerns:
- Fine lines
- Thin lips
- Hollow areas under the eyes
- Decreased facial volume, especially in the cheeks
- Acne scarring
- Excessive fat under the chin
Fillers are most popular for women in their 40s and 50s, but there is a rise in the number of younger women who opt for the treatment. While Botox is more commonly associated with preventing wrinkles, starting fillers early can sometimes have this effect, too.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are considering dermal fillers but want more information, schedule a consultation! We are happy to hear about your aesthetic goals and to recommend the kind of treatment that is right for you. We can give you more information about the different brands of fillers and different formulas. We can also discuss the benefits of Botox and help you determine what is best for your skin.
Are Dermal Fillers Right for You?
If you have aesthetic goals that include smooth skin, reduced wrinkles, and increased facial volume, this treatment is an excellent option for you. By utilizing hyaluronic acid, a substance that naturally occurs in your face, fillers help fend off the signs of aging and restore some of your youthful volume. Fillers come in a variety of different options so you can be matched with the product that best fits your needs.
The benefits of fillers include increased satisfaction with your appearance, clear, youthful-looking skin, full lips, and reduced scarring. These results will last for months and, in some cases, more than a year. The process is safe and effective.
If you would like to know more about fillers, contact Sarah Hamilton FACE in Liberty Lake, WA. We are happy to get to know you and to give you more information on how we can help you look your best.