With age comes wisdom – and also fine lines, wrinkles, creases, sagging Skin and loss of youthful vibrancy.
Everything from genetics to what you eat, sun exposure, how you cared for your skin and smiles, laughter and frowns contribute to your skin’s appearance and texture as you age.
There are options though – both surgical and nonsurgical – depending on your goals.
Dermal Fillers, also called soft tissue fillers, are a great nonsurgical, minimally invasive option for anyone looking to rejuvenate their face without doing anything too drastic.
The filler is injected into the skin to minimize creases, wrinkles and skin folds – all making you look younger and more alert. They also add volume and contour the skin.
There are two primary types of Dermal Fillers that are available to our patients: permanent and temporary.
Permanent fillers are made from substances that are not absorbed by the body, making them last. Most of these fillers are not available in Canada and create a look that is very artificial.
Temporary Dermal Fillers
These fillers usually contain Hyaluronic acid, which is a substance that occurs naturally in our bodies.
They are temporary because the Hyaluronic acid breaks down over time and is absorbed by the body.
Some common temporary dermal fillers include Juvederm®, Restylane®, Teosyal®, Esthélis®, and Perlane®.
Common Injection Areas
Fat diminishes in the face, as we age. While we typically strive for fat loss, in the face this creates a hollow effect that makes us look older and it’s not as flattering as face with nice contours.
Typically we see a hollowing around the eyes, and then the upper cheek and then the cheekbones follow. After that you will likely notice fat and volume loss on the sides of the mouth and nasolabial lines and then the followed by the forehead. Typically you will experience it last at the sides of the face.
Fat grafting – which means taking far from an area where there is excess fat and transplanting it in the face is a popular surgical method for replacing lost volume. You can read more details about facial fat grating.
If you are experiencing forehead wrinkles that are dynamic – which means caused by facial movement – or non-dynamic horizontal creases, filler can be used to fill them in so the skin is smoother and more youthful looking.
If you notice you are developing sunken and dark areas under your eyes, that make you look older, tired and sometimes even angry, fillers are a great solution. They can camouflage dark circles and fill in the hollow.
Cheeks, jawline and chin all benefit from fillers to create a smooth facial contour.
Fillers can also be used to correct “marionette lines,” creases that extend from the corners of the mouth downward toward the chin.
Soft tissue fillers can also help smooth out skin that has depressions from scarring.
An injectable filler can plump the nasiolabial fold, making it less pronounced while keeping your smile natural and beautiful.
Injectable fillers can plump up thin, flat lips to create a fuller lip.
How are Dermal Fillers Injected?
The first step is always a consultation to get your medical history and so we can understand your goals and determine what a realistic outcome is for you.
On the day of the procedure, we apply a numbing cream and let it sit to really kick in. This will minimize any discomfort you will feel. The filler is injected through a fine needle into the outer layer of your skin. The treatment area is massaged throughout the injection process to help create the desired look. Typically the entire process is 30 minutes or less.
The injected hyaluronic acid begins to bind water molecules and increases volume below the skin. Sometimes there is redness and minor bleeding, which goes away within an hour. There may also be swelling for up to three days after the injections.
There is no downtime and no reason to not return to your daily schedule and routine.
There is some confusion about Botox Injectables versus Dermal Fillers. So as we outlined above, fillers do as the name suggests, they fill in lines, wrinkles and creases to smooth out the skin and create a more youthful appearance. Essentially, they fill in volume that is lost due to aging or even weight loss.
Botox Injectable is a muscle relaxant that helps smooth out fine lines that develop as you age. Botox injectable works by relaxing the facial muscles, which allows the skin to plump on its own.
Botox Injectable and fillers can be used together, depending on your goals and desired outcomes. This is something you can discuss during your consultation.
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