The signs of aging build and they build and they build. Once they start, it seems they cannot be stopped. This can feel like a frustrating, never-ending problem, especially if you are at a point where you’d like to like the way you look without having to undergo plastic surgery to regain that sense of satisfaction. While many of our patients have been extremely happy with their plastic surgery results, we know that there are other ways to address the common signs of aging. One way in which we do so is with injectable dermal fillers. Here, we discuss how this treatment may be ideal to give you the quick fix you’ve been looking for.
What Are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are injectable products that are designed to add volume to various areas. These products may boost facial contours via hyaluronic acid, a naturally-occurring acid that binds to water molecules. Some dermal fillers are made with ingredients like calcium hydroxylapatite gel microspheres that mimic the actions of the body’s connective tissue while also stimulating new collagen production. A more recent dermal filler advancement has been to use fat harvested from one part of the body to use for facial rejuvenation. Regardless, the vast majority of dermal fillers that are used today are immensely gratifying because they immediately smooth wrinkles and restore more youthful contours to different parts of the face. All dermal fillers are encased in a gel-like substance that enters the skin smoothly and integrates seamlessly with the surrounding tissue. These products, though they may work slightly differently, all achieve the same goals, to add volume beneath the skin. Depending on where that volume is added, dermal filler treatment can smooth wrinkles and creases, disguise jowls, reduce undereye bags, plump the lips, contour the cheeks, and correct the signs of aging on the backs of the hands.
Why People Choose Dermal Fillers
Dermal filler treatment is rewarding, convenient, and proven safe. This method of facial contouring is popular among people who prefer not to have plastic surgery as well as among people who have had plastic surgery and want to sustain their youthful contours. Dermal fillers, as well as fat injections, are commonly used as a complement to facial plastic surgery to enhance the contours of areas that have lost their curves, such as the cheeks or the temples. The extensive clinical testing that all current dermal fillers have been through assures patients that their treatment is safe and has very few risks for side effects. The most common side effects associated with dermal filler injections are temporary redness and swelling. Bruising is also possible but can be diminished by avoiding alcohol consumption 24 hours before and after treatment.