Dermal fillers are an excellent way to tackle your aging and wrinkled skin head on. Finding the right filler depends on a few factors, most importantly your particular needs.
With age, our skin becomes less and less able to repair itself, due to loss of collagen production which slows with age. Collagen is one of the key elements that gives skin its elasticity. When skin becomes less elastic, it becomes much less resilient at resisting the formation of wrinkles and fine lines. These lines form as a result of dry skin and the skin’s inability to resist gravity, as well as dynamic wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles are wrinkles formed in areas where repeated facial expressions cause the skin to appear worn and sunken. Dynamic wrinkles appear all across the face, and go by many names: marionette lines, crow’s feet and laugh lines are just a few common names for dynamic wrinkles.
Dermal fillers are a noninvasive, quick and easy treatment for addressing dynamic wrinkles. A filler is an injected gel or gel microbead solution that usually contains hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is the protein responsible for moisture retention in the skin. Dermal fillers work by literally filling the wrinkles in, giving the appearance of smooth, supple skin. Additionally, the hyaluronic acid helps supplement the skin’s natural production of the protein, helping it to repair wrinkles naturally. One added benefit of dermal fillers is that they can treat other cosmetic skin issues on the face, like acne scars. Additionally, some are approved for use on the hands.
Finding the right dermal filler is fairly simple. Once you discuss your specific needs with your dermatologist, they can usually make one or more product recommendations for your skin. There are many dermal filler brands out there, including Restylane, Juvederm and Radiesse. As we mentioned before, most dermal fillers use hyaluronic acid. Some fillers use gel microbeads that are designed just to fill space. Rather than containing any helpful nutrients, these fillers are more literal, but can work just as well as hyaluronic acid fillers. Radiesse uses a different substance, calcium hydroxyapatite which provides immediate filling support and can help promote the development of collagen. Some fillers are better equipped for or FDA approved to treat only specific areas of the face or hands. Juvederm, for example, is mostly used to treat the cheeks and lips.
The results of dermal fillers can be seen quickly after treatment. Treatment can be performed in your dermatologist’s office without any anesthetics. Some discomfort is to be expected at the injection site, though side effects are minimal. This is especially true when administered by a doctor rather than a beauty spa or unlicensed establishment. You can get dermal filler injections every six months to a year after your initial treatment in order to maintain the results. Any dermal filler treatment results will begin to fade after a year at the most, and this is to be expected. Dermal fillers are not permanent, but many people can maintain their results and avoid the need for invasive procedures. Depending on your needs and the specific treatment you received, your dermatologist can work out a schedule with you for follow up treatment.
Dermal fillers go by many different names, but fulfill the same purpose: restoring your confidence in your skin. If you’re looking to defy aging or reduce the appearance of acne scars and other facial blemishes, don’t hesitate to call the dermal filler professionals at Northeast Dermatology Associates.
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