Fillers

It’s Time to Look Younger

Let’s face it – facial wrinkles and hollows can make you look older than you feel or actually are. Do you ever wish you could instantly rejuvenate and enhance your facial appearance without having to go under the knife? It’s now easy to do so with dermal filler treatments.


What causes the Face to Look Older?

As we age, certain natural changes occur on the face. The amount of water, collagen, and fat in the face declines. The skin loses its elasticity. The bones become thinner. These changes cause loss of facial volume and sagging skin, which in turn creates facial lines and hollows.

What do Dermal fillers do?

Dermal fillers are injected into areas where volume has been lost and can be used to essentially re-inflate the tissues and restore a more youthful appearance of the skin. In many instances, dermal fillers can be used to erase facial lines or wrinkles. Other times dermal fillers are injected to provide facial structure in areas such as the cheeks or jawline. And sometimes they are used simply to create fullness and beauty in areas such as the lips or earlobes.

Which Areas of the Face Can Dermal Fillers Treat?

Dermal fillers can be used in a variety of areas to help to provide volume, soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and restore natural beauty. Some of the common sites where dermal fillers are used are:

  • Cheeks
  • Lips
  • Smile Lines
  • Marionette Lines
  • Nasolabial Folds
  • Temples
  • Jawline
  • Forehead
  • Earlobes
  • Hands

What are the Names of some Commonly used Dermal Fillers?

There are over 150 dermal fillers currently available on the market, including entire product lines of Juvederm (Ultra, Ultra Plus, Voluma, Vollure, and Volbella) and Restylane (Original, Silk, Lyft, Defyne, and Refyne). Other commonly used products are Belotero, Radiesse and Sculptra.

Fillers all have their own unique characteristics, allowing them to be used in different areas for different purposes. To learn more about the various dermal fillers that are available, it is best to have a formal consultation.

What Are Dermal Fillers Composed Of?

The most popular dermal fillers (e.g., Juvederm, Restylane, Belotero) are composed of a substance called hyaluronic acid. This substance naturally occurs in the body, where it attracts water molecules to provide tissue volume. Differences in the way the many hyaluronic acid fillers are created allow for specialized uses of the various fillers.

One of the advantages of hyaluronic acid fillers is that they are erasable. That is, if a patient does not like their results, a hyaluronidase injection can easily be performed and within a short period of time (typically 24 hours) the filler dissolves and the area is soon returned to its original appearance.

Another popular filler is Radiesse. This product is made of calcium hydroxyapatite (CaHA) gel microspheres, which are similar to natural occurring products in the body. Injection of Radiesse helps to plump up the skin. Over time the product is absorbed by the body but in the process, it stimulates collage formation for long-lasting results.

How Is the Procedure Performed?

Dermal-filler treatments are performed in the office and are quick and convenient. Topical numbing cream is often initially applied, to minimize any discomfort. The skin is then cleansed and a small needle or cannula is used to inject the dermal filler. This can be performed in a matter of minutes. There is typically no downtime afterwards. Because of this, you can return to most normal activities immediately afterwards.

Is This Treatment Painful?

To minimize any discomfort during treatment, topical anesthetic is often initially applied to the skin. This will numb the area before the injections are performed. In addition, many of the fillers contain lidocaine, a local anesthetic, which further helps to numb the treatment zone.

What to Expect After Dermal Fillers

One of the great things about dermal fillers is that results are seen immediately after treatment. Depending upon what is being treated, lines will be softened, hollows filled, or volume will be instantly restored. Your results should look smooth and natural, so that you just look younger or refreshed without looking “done”.

It is not uncommon to have some swelling or bruising after dermal fillers. Swelling typically resolves within a day or two. Bruising, if you get it, takes a bit longer to go away, but can be covered up with makeup.

After any swelling you get disappears, you may decide to add a bit more filler to achieve your goals. This can be easily done at your follow-up appointment.

 

How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last?

The length of time that dermal fillers last depend on several factors, including which product is used, how much is injected, and the area that is being treated.

Some fillers last longer than others. This depends on many factors, depending upon what the filler is made out of, how it is manufactured, and how the filler is broken down by the body. Fillers differ significantly in their properties and the choice of filler is something that you should discuss with your provider.

In a given area, if enough filler is used, results seem to last longer than if not enough is used. In general, if you follow-up with your provider before the filler completely disappears, a touch-up treatment will keep you looking refreshed and will often require less product than what you initially needed.

As for the actual treatment site, fillers last longer in areas that have less motion than areas that move a lot. For example, fillers in the cheeks (which are relatively stationary) tend to last longer than fillers around the mouth (which move a lot with facial expression).

Having said all of that, fillers may last anywhere from a few months to several years.

Will This Procedure Be Affordable?

Most patients find dermal filler treatments to be affordable. They find themselves spending less money than they otherwise might have spent on cosmeceuticals, facial creams and other products used to hide signs of facial aging.

In comparison to surgery, dermal fillers are much less costly. In addition, while they are not a substitution for surgery, many filler treatments have the advantage of being reversible if you are not satisfied with your results; surgical procedures, on the other hand, have permanent results.

Am I a good candidate for Dermal Fillers?

If you are bothered by fine lines or wrinkles on your face, dark circles under your eyes, loss of volume on your cheeks or temples, or are just looking to restore fullness to your lips, you may be a good candidate for dermal fillers. All it takes is a formal consultation to find out if dermal fillers are a good option for you

To Schedule Your Consult

Contact Beach Aesthetics in El Segundo at (310) 986-2906 today to schedule a consultation for your dermal-filler treatment. Our caring staff will take the time to listen to your needs, examine your areas of concern and help you to understand your options to achieve your goals.

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