They say that growing old is mandatory, but growing up is optional. Thanks to advanced anti-aging skincare regimens and procedures, the same can now be said for your facial skin. While surgical procedures such as liposuction were once the norm, dermal fillers are increasing in popularity among patients who want to slow down the process of aging.
In addition to being safer and much less expensive than surgery, dermal fillers and other similar procedures allow you to regain a youthful look to your skin after only one treatment. And because there is no surgery or sedation involved, you can continue about your day immediately after your appointment. This procedure is great for anyone who wants to look younger, but can’t or doesn’t want to spend the time and money on surgery.
The effects of aging
Similar to dehydration, exhaustion, sun exposure, and poor diet, aging can wreak havoc on your skin, even if you’re not yet “old.” Combined with the other factors, your skin may begin showing signs of aging earlier in life than you would have expected. You’ll likely begin to notice that your skin loses its tautness and begins drooping at the sides of your face, your jawline is less pronounced, you have more skin under your neck, and you have wrinkles around your eyes and mouth.
As you age, your skin begins producing less collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid, which creates the appearance of fine lines and saggy skin typically associated with the aging process. We even see people under the age of 40 visiting us for treatments due to late nights caring for children and overexertion. All these issues can be solved in as little as one visit for your dermal filler procedure.
Dermal fillers are injectable solutions containing collagen, calcium hydroxyapatite, and hyaluronic acid that rejuvenates your skin. Each solution has specific uses for your needs. Some fill fine lines and wrinkles, while others decrease the appearance of sagging, loose skin. These solutions are injected under the skin and begin working immediately to restore your youthful visage without hesitation.
While often used alongside Botox treatments, dermal fillers are actually different. Botox is a neuromodulator treatment that is injected into the facial muscles, whereas dermal fillers are injected under the skin and create a firmer, more plump appearance. Further, Botox typically lasts for roughly three to six months, while dermal fillers may last for a few months up to a couple of years.
Commonly treated areas
As a dermatology clinic, our patients come to us with a number of requests to treat areas affected by aging. On the face, those common areas include:
- Crows feet (the lines at the corners of your eyes)
- Lines around the mouth
- Glabella (the area between your eyebrows)
- Forehead furrow lines
- Bunny lines (the lines that appear when you scrunch your nose)
- The upper and lower lips
The procedure and side effects
When you visit us for your initial session, you should expect to spend a bit of extra time in preparation. But the procedure itself is actually short and fairly pain-free, lasting only about 10-20 minutes per session. This will vary depending on your specific needs and the number of areas treated in each session.
Side effects are rare and minimal, but may include allergic reaction, bruising, numbness, redness, swelling, or tenderness. Before your exam, we will perform a full medical history check and do our best to ensure that you experience the maximum amount of comfort during each session. It’s normal to have some sort of discomfort for the first 24-48 hours, and you may need to refrain from sun exposure, heat, and strenuous activities.
Getting older doesn’t necessarily mean you have to look older. Our dermal filler procedures can help you look and feel younger and refreshed in as little as one 20-minute appointment. To schedule your consultation, contact us. Our team is ready to help you look younger and feel more confident today.