Facial aging is a common concern for many of us as we get older. Dermal fillers are an excellent treatment for aging skin and fine lines, while keeping your skin looking natural.
As we age, our skin’s ability to rebuild itself as it breaks down diminishes. Two proteins, collagen and keratin, which are key components of the skin’s structure and strength, have their production rates slow as time passes. When skin isn’t supported, it begins to sink and form fine lines and wrinkles. Our faces are the first and hardest hit area of the body in terms of wrinkles. Common manifestations of these wrinkles and fine lines include crow’s feet, laugh, and frown lines. Crow’s feet are wrinkles and lines that appear on the outside corner of our eyes. Laugh and frown lines are terms that are used interchangeably, and refer to lines at the corners of the mouth and eyes from repeated facial expressions like laughing or frowning. Don’t give up on laughing, consider noninvasive cosmetic treatments like dermal fillers.
So what are dermal fillers? Fillers are an injectable, temporary treatments for fine lines and facial wrinkles. Most fillers use hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the skin. Hyaluronic acid production slows as we age, like keratin and collagen, but dermal fillers can offer a real boost to your skin’s production of this useful substance. In our skin, hyaluronic acid serves two main purposes—offering structural support to the skin and maintaining healthy hydration. So, hyaluronic acid is a natural solution for a natural problem. Think of these injections as a way to boost your skin’s natural defenses against deterioration. The market for dermal fillers is extensive. There are a number of companies that offer different variations of hyaluronic acid and other substances to similar effect. For many of these products, the differences are mostly in what and where they treat the skin best. Popular brands include Restylane, and Juvederm.
Another substance used in dermal fillers is called calcium hydroxyapatite or CaHa. Radiesse, a well-liked dermal filler uses gel microspheres composed of CaHa to promote collagen production in the skin. While calcium hydroxyapatite is not a naturally occurring element within the body, collagen production is a very natural part of your skin’s healthy lifecycle. Offering your skin some help in the form of Radiesse is a safe and effective way to treat facial wrinkles.
There are many options for treating your wrinkles, but few are as simple as dermal fillers. Unlike other injectable wrinkle treatments, dermal fillers are almost all composed of entirely naturally occurring substances. BOTOX, an excellent option for wrinkles in its own right, uses external compounds to paralyze muscles within your face. While it’s a very safe procedure, you might be more inclined to try something natural the first time around. The other main alternative to a dermal filler is cosmetic surgery. This procedure poses its own risks and has the potential to cause scarring. A surgical procedure often calls for general anesthesia, which can be problematic for certain health conditions. Additionally, you’ll need time to recover, and bandages are usually necessary following cosmetic surgery. That’s not the case with fillers.
With dermal fillers, you may encounter discomfort at the application site, and some redness or swelling is possible. While the effects of fillers aren’t permanent, wrinkles are reduced for up to a year by these injections. And when the results begin to fade, you can opt for another round of treatment. Your dermatologist can perform a dermal filler treatment quickly and effectively in their office, with no need to consult a surgeon or visit a secondary treatment site. The benefits of dermal fillers are broad, and it’s no wonder why thousands trust the procedure to help reduce the visual implications of aging.
Wrinkles are not a unique challenge, everyone develops wrinkles to a certain degree as they age. But if you want some help to keep wrinkles at bay, call the professionals you can trust Northeast Dermatology Associates.
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