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There are a multitude of options for making our skin look and feel great: from over the counter creams and serums, to increasingly popular non-surgical cosmetic treatments like microdermabrasion, laser peels, Hyaluronic Acid (HA) fillers, and wrinkle relaxing injectables. All promise a fresher looking you – and when you find the one that works for you, you stick to it.
Over time, however, our skin can change as bone mass, facial muscle and tissue lose volume, affecting our overall face shape. So what can you do when your tried and tested beauty regime no longer works?
Since they are eventually absorbed into the body, most fillers are temporary, so some may need more than one injection to achieve their desired effect. Dermal fillers do not take the place of facial surgeries, but they are an excellent approach toward altering the signs of early aging and can delay the need for a facelift, eyelift, etc.
Why Consider Dermal Fillers?
Dermal Fillers – Restore your youthful face
A youthful face is not just smooth, clear, and wrinkle-free; it also has attractive curves and contours and an oval shape. This is because of a balanced distribution of superficial and deep fat overlying healthy muscle and bone.
As we age, we lose some of these fat pads in certain areas of the face – typically in the cheeks, temples, around the eyes and the mouth and along the jawline. We also have some loss of the underlying bone. The result of this volume loss working with gravity is a heavier, squarer lower face with the loss of some of the attractive facial curves and contours of our youth.
It is possible to restore these areas of volume loss using dermal fillers. It is important to note that we are restoring natural curves and contours to refresh and lift the face. The result must look discrete and completely natural.
The products at the dermal fillers shop are of the highest quality and give soft and natural volume restoration to areas of need. It contains a local anesthetic and is very comfortable to inject. Results last for up to 18-24 months.
Once the volume is restored, we can look more closely at the surface of the skin. There are some excellent new products to treat various superficial lines and wrinkles, lasting up to 15 months. As part of the rejuvenation process, cosmetic injectables to relax muscles that cause wrinkles, and skin treatments to improve pigment and texture.
If you would like to find out your best options to give you a fresher, more youthful appearance, the best idea is to go in for a complimentary assessment. You can discuss the possibilities and work out a treatment plan. Most people prefer to have treatments done stepwise over time to achieve and then maintain their best face.
Why Consider Dermal Fillers?
Most people have heard the term “dermal filler.” Many have already experienced the rejuvenating effects of using small amounts of these naturally occurring sugars. But for some people, there is still some confusion about how dermal fillers are used, where they are used, and how do they refresh the appearance. Here is a quick guide to the many benefits of using dermal fillers, whether it is to rejuvenate the face or simply to enhance the natural features.
What are the Key Features of Facial Ageing
There are well-recognized changes that occur in the face as we age. Identifying and treating these changes will help to restore balance and give a refreshed and more youthful appearance. Not everyone ages in the same way.
Influences affecting facial aging:
- genetic factors
- environmental factors such as sun exposure, smoking, and general health status, including nutrition and hormonal balance.
Obviously, there are many different ways to treat facial aging. Superior outcomes occur if all areas are addressed.
Aging at Different Levels
- Skin – At this level, we see problems with superficial lines and wrinkles, skin texture, pigmentation, broken capillaries, and redness.
- Underlying tissues – including fat, muscle, and bone. Volume loss occurs in a number of these key areas.
Today, the focus is on volume loss in the following areas:
- Skin: The skin loses collagen and elastin and becomes more lax.
- Fat Pads: We also lose the natural fat pads in the face with age (even if we’re not losing fat from other body parts – very unfair). This effect is much worse if someone has recently had a dramatic weight loss.
- Bone: And finally, there is even slow resorption of the underlying facial bones.
What product is used?
There are several different fillers now available for use. Here at the Dermal Fillers Shop, are experts in the use of temporary fillers such as collagen and hyaluronic acid. These are safe and well-tolerated in the body. These natural products will be naturally broken down by the body, and follow up treatments will be required once or twice a year after the initial procedure.
Effects of Volume Loss
- There is a slow change in facial shape. As the skin becomes lax and moves south (because of loss of underlying support), the face becomes more “bottom-heavy.”
- There is some loss of the natural curves in the face typical of youth, resulting in flattening of the cheeks, the formation of tear troughs (darkness or circles under the eyes), brows become lower. Temples become more hollow – making the shape of the underlying skull more visible – a very aging, but often overlooked feature.
- Deepening of nasolabial lines (lines running from the sides of the nose to the corners of the lips).
- Formation of jowls with loss of jaw definition.
- Formation of marionette lines that turn down the corners of the mouth and may run to the sides of the chin.
- Accordion lines – bracket lines running out from the corners of the mouth
- Lips – also lose volume with age, and can develop fine lines around the edges.
Dermal Fillers for Volume Replacement
Dermal fillers are used to address all the above concerns. Obviously, the best way to address volume loss is with volume replacement. A dermal filler is a type of “gel,” and this replaces the volume. All dermal fillers used are made of hyaluronic acid, a substance natural to the body. They are slowly broken down over time, depending on the filler used and where it is placed. They generally last for between 6 and 18 months.
All dermal fillers used at Dermal Fillers Shop are of the highest standards. They contain a local anesthetic to minimize discomfort and give soft and natural results. There are various techniques used to perform the treatment, depending on the area and the individual circumstances. The procedure takes around 30 minutes or less. When anesthetics locally is used where needed, and the treatment is not painful. There is generally no or very little downtime.
Using the best dermal fillers available is still only half the equation when we are looking for beautiful, natural results. It is essential that the doctor or nurse performing the treatment has excellent technical skills and also an eye for aesthetic, natural beauty.
In this discussion, I have touched on just one type of rejuvenation option with dermal fillers. As mentioned earlier, a combined approach using cosmetic injectables, various skin treatments, and hormone balancing all need to be considered to give the best results.
I encourage everyone considering a cosmetic treatment to make an appointment for a complimentary consultation. It doesn’t matter if you feel your needs are simple or more complex. At this time, you can discuss all possible rejuvenation options with a doctor and write out a treatment plan that’s tailored to meet your individual needs.
Your needs may change over time, and treatment plans are continually reassessed to ensure they are still in keeping with your rejuvenation goals.
Reduce lines and improve facial contours with dermal fillers
A dermal filler is a gel-like substance made from naturally occurring sugars used to “fill in” wrinkles, ” plump up” small areas such as the lips, and ” re volumize” larger areas such as the cheeks or temporal hollows. As we age, we lose volume in the face. We lose underlying fat and even bone, resulting in laxity and sagging of skin. Replacing volume with dermal fillers can restore more youthful facial curves.
Treatments take around 30 minutes, and generally, there is little or no downtime. Results can be seen immediately with further improvement over 1-2 weeks.
All dermal fillers used contain a local anesthetic. They can also apply topical anesthetic cream where needed to make the procedure more comfortable.
Results can last for up to 18 months, depending on the product used.
Areas commonly treated include:
- Cheeks – Dermal fillers can be used to contour the cheeks and restore lost volume. This treatment can also improve the lower face by lifting sagging skin.
- Temporal hollows -Loss of volume in the temples can be very aging. Treating this area can lift the brow and improve the overall facial shape.
- Jawline – Early intervention with fillers along the jawline can help prevent heaviness in the jowls.
- Nasolabial lines – deep grooves between the nose and corners of the mouth.
- Lips – to give more volume or simply more definition and hydration.
- Top lip lines
- Chin augmentation
- Nose reshaping to correct small dips or asymmetry.
- Back of hands – Filler can be injected under the skin and massaged to give a more youthful appearance to thin, aging hands.
Dermal Fillers and Volumisers – Fewer Lines and a Youthful Facial Contour
We tend to take special care of our face, but as we age, our skin changes, losing its elasticity as well as much of its moisture. The thick layer of matrix proteins that gave our skin its healthy glow is no longer as plentiful, and the organization of our skin structure begins to weaken. In addition, our bodies begin to have a tendency to redistribute fat, not always where we would like it to be.
As a result, your face and hands may become somewhat thin in appearance, while hips and bellies often take on a more rounded look. These hollowed areas can also leave us with sagging skin as the once plump cheeks, and temples no longer support the skin around them. While there are many skin rejuvenation treatments that can help bring back a youthful surface, dermal fillers work below the surface to round out and replenish the areas in our face that may have begun to lose volume.
What are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are made from collagen material, either natural or synthetic, and are injected into the dermis (layer under the skin) to improve the appearance of soft tissue. There has been recent popularity in the use of dermal fillers in the cosmetic and aesthetic industries to augment skin conditions or facial appearance, particularly to correct lines and other folds in the skin caused by the aging process.
Hyaluronic acid is the main component of dermal fillers, and it is crucial in the cosmetic process due to its functions in the body in maintaining skin volume. Hyaluronic acid keeps moisture in the skin as well as adding volume to the skin. Elastin helps your skin stay firm, resist wrinkles and lines on the skin’s surface. Hyaluronic acid and elastin protect our skin from becoming saggy, and so when we lose these substances through aging, the skin becomes thinner and prone to lines and wrinkles forming. Dermal fillers feed the fat-deprived parts of the skin and help bring the skin back to its youthful, firm appearance.
How do dermal fillers work?
So what exactly do we mean when we say we will be using dermal fillers? You are probably most aware of this technique because it was first used in breast augmentation. While the areas being filled are different, the principles are the same. Generally, a filler is used to draw water to the target area, which in turn will help the skin soften and bulk up the layers below the skin. This helps the area to smooth out and look fuller.
The gel is injected below or within the dermal level, where it can literally fill in an area such as a shallow wrinkle or a hollow caused by the loss of collagen and water under the skin.
It is important to have someone who knows and understands all the fine details of how dermal fillers and volumizers work. Each objective needs its own solution. The objective, when treating these effects of aging, is to restore the natural and soft curves that are the hallmark of youth.
Benefits of Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers are normally made of natural substances that cannot harm your body or your overall health. The results of dermal fillers are so effective that the results often look as good as they would with cosmetic surgery. Another benefit of dermal fillers is that the hyaluronic acid is broken down naturally in the body, so if the dermal filler treatment hasn’t produced the desired effect, it only lasts for around eight to twelve months depending on the type of filler.
Are there side effects or risks involved?
As with any treatment that includes the use of small needles, some swelling and bruising may be experienced for a brief while after the treatment. This will vary from person to person, and it is a good idea to be aware of your own propensity for bruising when planning to have dermal filler treatments. They should subside in a few days at most. If they last longer than this, you should contact a doctor immediately.
Can dermal fillers be combined with other treatments?
Dermal fillers are even more effective when experienced alongside other complementary treatments such as anti-wrinkle injections and facial renewal treatments.
Cosmetic products and procedures are often used in conjunction with dermal fillers as a way to achieve the best results. Wrinkle injections for muscle relaxation can be combined with dermal fillers to improve results– this is particularly effective in reducing frown lines because the filler tends to last longer in relaxed muscles.
Before and After Dermal Fillers
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- Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology. Electro-optical Synergy Technique: A New and Effective Nonablative Approach to Skin Aging.