Your skin goes through a lot over the course of one day. Even something as simple as a smile forces your skin to flex and fold and smooth out again. Natural sugars and structural proteins in your skin give it the ability to bounce back and recover quickly. As you age, these acids and proteins start to break down. Wrinkles form as a result, leaving you looking older, more tired, less approachable, or highly stressed.
This is worsened by changes in the distribution of fat in the face, which allow these wrinkles to turn into deep folds and hollows in the face. Facial fillers, also called dermal fillers, can reduce the appearance of these wrinkles and folds, restoring a more youthful appearance.
Restoring Your Image and Self-confidence with Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers are FDA-approved to safely and effectively reduce the appearance of static wrinkles appearing even when your face is at rest. This medical Fountain of Youth can help erase imperfections appearing in your face, including:
- Hollows under the eyes
- Marionette lines
- Nasolabial folds (smile lines or parenthesis lines)
- Sunken-in areas in the face
- Dark circles under the eyes
- Recessed scars
- Wrinkles when your face is relaxed
You should always feel confident in the way you look. Aging shouldn’t change that. If signs of aging have you feeling down about your appearance, dermal fillers may be right for you.
What Are Dermal Fillers?
When you are young, your face has enough fat to give it a full, youthful appearance. As we age, the fat is lost or shifts because of gravity, leading to deep folds and wrinkles in the face. Dermal fillers allow us to restore that lost volume and give you back its youthful appearance.
The most popular dermal fillers, including Juvéderm and Restylane, use hyaluronic acid as a base because of its ability to draw in and hold moisture that smooths out the surface of your skin. Hyaluronic acid’s unique ability to maintain its volume over time will give you long-lasting results. Your results may last between six months and a year, varying from person to person. Also, results may last longer in some places.
Other dermal fillers use different approaches to restore volume. Poly-L-lactic acid fillers like Sculptra stimulate your body to produce its own filler. Although this filler takes longer to show results, when they appear, they can be very long-lasting.
Some fillers include small spheres that help expand the longevity of the results because your body will fill in around the spheres with its own tissue. In Radiesse, the spheres are made of hydroxyapatite, which is a common bone filler that is well tolerated by the body. These dissolve slowly, allowing the results to last much longer than two years. In Bellafill, the spheres are made of PMMA, a plastic that is used in many medical applications, including dentures. Bellafill has the potential to give essentially permanent results.
The Importance of Certification
When choosing where to go for facial fillers, it is important to choose a medical provider with proper certification. Dr. Berry has studied the muscles in your face that change facial expression in order to know where to inject fillers. His training helps him prevent visual complications caused by injecting materials into areas where they disrupt the natural appearance of your face.
The first step of your treatment is to determine what you want dermal fillers to do for you. Dr. Berry will meet with you to discuss what areas of your appearance bother you most, and what improvements you would like to see. Using his training with administering dermal fillers, Dr. Berry will determine the best treatment to help you achieve your goals.
Treatment with dermal filler injections takes only a few minutes, leaving you free to continue on with your daily activities following your visit. Some people experience temporary redness or tenderness around injection sites that passes within a day or two. For most fillers, you will see immediate results, leaving you appearing refreshed and younger. Over the two weeks following treatment, you will see continued improvement as the hyaluronic acid draws in moisture and adds volume to your skin, and swelling subsides.
For Sculptra, it will take a while for results to show up. It normally takes three treatment sessions over the course of a few months. Results will develop slowly, reversing the appearance of aging gradually and subtly.
Dermal Fillers Don’t Treat Everything
Although dermal fillers effectively treat static wrinkles and fills hollows in your face, they can’t do everything. Some types of wrinkles may be caused by muscle tension rather than lost cell structures. These types of wrinkles may be best treated through the use of BOTOX® Cosmetic instead. Dermal fillers may not treat:
- Crow’s feet
- Deep lines in the forehead
- Glabellar lines