Is it really possible to erase the years from your face within minutes?
Well, apparently, yes.
As we age, our body’s collagen production decreases. This can lead to the appearance of common signs of aging like sagging skin, fine lines (e.g., crow’s feet, smile lines, frown lines, etc.), and wrinkles.
Furthermore, we also lose volume in our faces, leading to thin lips and gaunt cheeks, among other things. This is why we often consider plump lips, cheeks, and skin as the hallmarks of youth.
And with the right amount of filler injections in the right hands, you can restore that youthful plumpness within minutes.
Understanding Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers are among the most popular aesthetics treatments out there, especially among injectables. On the other hand, this also means, they’re often confused to be the same as neurotoxins like Botox.
So, just to be clear, those two are quite different. Neurotoxins primarily serve to relax the facial muscles responsible for movements like frowning or raising the eyebrows, which can result in the appearance of wrinkles. Dermal fillers, meanwhile, restore lost volume, particularly through:
- Plumping lips and cheeks
- Filling in under eye hollows or tear troughs
- Smoothing folds
Dermal fillers are also sometimes used for improving the appearance of pitted acne scars and for sculpting the jawline or nose without surgery.
It should be noted that these procedures won’t produce the same results as traditional surgery and are also temporary as the body metabolizes the dermal filler over time.
What are Dermal Fillers Made Of?
There are many different kinds of dermal fillers, and they all serve different purposes.
The most popular, by far, is hyaluronic acid or HA. This substance is naturally produced by the human body, so there are no risks of rejection or allergic reactions. Best of all, it’s an FDA-approved filler that’s quite easy to dissolve in case complications arise.
Other dermal fillers include: collagen, calcium hydroxylapatite, polymethyl methacrylate microspheres, and poly-L-lactic acid. The latter two figure in Belafill and Sculptra, respectively, which are two fillers known to provide results that can last up to five years! Sculptra, in particular, is often used to rejuvenate the look of wrinkled, aging hands.
Though, of course, the downside here is that the results aren’t quite as easy to reverse or dissolve as with hyaluronic acid (which can last up to six months), so the injector’s technique and expertise has to be superior.
The Benefits of Dermal Fillers
Apart from restoring lost volume (or adding artificial yet natural-looking volume where needed, as with lip fillers), dermal fillers also present the following benefits:
Dermal fillers are FDA- approved, and as mentioned earlier, the ones with HA don’t have risks of rejection or allergic reactions since they substance naturally occurs within the body.
In the hands of an expert and experienced injector with a good eye and light hands, filler injections are typically done in minutes – with minimal pain, if at all!
- Instant results.
While the actual results are better appreciated about a week later once the swelling goes down, you’ll be able to get a glimpse of these immediately after the procedure.
- Little to no downtime.
Dermal fillers are non-invasive injections, so you can immediately go back to your daily routine right after. Some patients experience a little bruising and swelling, but this usually subsides within a few days or a week.
- Fully customizable.
Dermal fillers can be applied to a lot of areas, so they’re very versatile. Whether you want fuller lips or cheeks, plump up sagging skin, or revive the look of your under eye hollows (or all of the above), fillers can do that for you and then some.
And since you’ll be awake throughout the whole procedure, you can gradually ask the injector to add volume as needed. Depending on the type of filler used, you can even have your results dissolved if you’re not happy with them or want to adjust them.
What Can I Do To Prolong My Results?
Your treatment provider should give you instructions for the right aftercare, so be sure to follow them.
You may also want to take note of the following:
- Don’t put pressure on the area for the next 48 hours immediately following the injection. Sleep on your back as much as possible, and try to remain upright for up to 8 hours after. This will help avoid displacing the filler.
- Avoid alcohol for the next 24 hours. Best if you can do this for a week so that the swelling can subside properly.
- Refrain from strenuous physical exercise, hot showers, or saunas for a few days. The same goes for any face down massages.
Usually, our patients in Blue Springs come back for a follow-up session a couple of weeks later. Then, they can decide if they’re happy with the results or would like to add more filler.
If you’d like to experience the instantly rejuvenating effects of dermal fillers, you can schedule a consultation with one of our highly trained and experienced experts today to get started.