What are dermal fillers?
Our bodies naturally change with age, and those differences might include new wrinkles on our faces or cheekbones that aren’t as high as they once were. These changes are completely normal and occur when we lose some of the subcutaneous fat that supports our skin. Over time, the skin on the middle of our faces shifts down too, causing our cheeks to sag a bit.
Dermal fillers are an injectable treatment that can help smooth lines and replenish lost volume, restoring a more youthful appearance. Filler can be used to help lift and add support, and it can also help soften wrinkles.
More than 1 million men and women annually have chosen this popular facial rejuvenation treatment, which can be a cost-effective way to look younger without surgery or downtime.
What are dermal fillers made with?
There are a lot of FDA-approved dermal filler products that cosmetic professionals use. In general, fillers are categorized by the substance they are made from.
Hyaluronic Acid (HA):
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance that is already found in your skin that helps in keeping your skin plump and hydrated. HA fillers are typically soft and gel-like.
Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA):
Calcium hydroxylapatite is also a naturally occurring substance, found primarily in our bones. When used in a filler, the calcium particles are nearly microscopic and suspended in a smooth gel.
Poly-L-lactic acid is a biocompatible (meaning it is safe to use in the body), biodegradable synthetic substance. It has been used for many years in medical devices, such as dissolvable stitches. Poly-L-lactic acid products are technically classified as “collagen stimulators,” as their main mechanism to smooth fine lines is by helping your skin rebuild natural collagen.
Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) is a synthetic, biocompatible substance that has been used in medicine for much of the last century. In dermal fillers, PMMA takes the form of a “microsphere” or tiny ball, that remains beneath the skin indefinitely to provide continued support. PMMA fillers will also contain collagen, a naturally occurring substance in the skin that provides structure and firmness.
Autologous fat injections (facial fat grafting):
Autologous fat injections are the only injectable filler treatment that requires surgery, but results can last for many years. Your fat is harvested from another area (autologous means “from the same person”), typically using liposuction. The fat is then purified and injected into the face to help restore volume to the cheeks, temples, lower eyelids, or other areas.
How can dermal fillers enhance my appearance?
Dermal fillers work by adding volume to target areas. For example, they can soften creases and wrinkles in the face and enhance shallow facial contours. Some people experience thinning lips as they grow older, and dermal fillers can be used to plump them up again.
While dermal fillers are popularly known as “wrinkle fillers”, they can do much more than just smooth out wrinkles. Here are a few of the common issues dermal fillers can help you with:
Eliminating fine lines :
Fine lines are problematic and they make a person look old. As we age, the dermal layer of the skin becomes thinner causing the skin to lose its elasticity and fullness, thus the start of forming unwanted lines and wrinkles. Dermal filler’s primary effect on the skin is adding volume to the dermal layer and reducing visible lines and sagging skin. It plumps up the tissue giving a youthful and livelier face. Although the result of fillers is not forever and its effectivity time varies on what type of filler you have, you can make it last longer by properly taking care of your skin especially in the area where the filler is injected. Maintenance of filler, proper diet, and nutrition can also add up to how long your filler can last
Reducing wrinkle size :
As we grow old, our skin starts losing the elasticity that helps it look young. When this starts to happen, wrinkles start appearing on the skin. It is possible to minimize line appearance by taking other steps (such as keeping your skin well-moisturized), but wrinkles are an almost inevitable part of the aging process. However, dermal fillers can help restore your skin’s elasticity and give you a youthful appearance. Eliminating wrinkles on your face, lips, and neck requires the use of a variety of different types of treatment
Reshaping your nose :
Surgical nose jobs or rhinoplasty procedures can help reshape a nose after an accident and contribute to improving its aesthetic appearance. However, those who are looking for a non-surgical alternative should consider dermal fillers. This surprisingly effective treatment serves as an instant and non-surgical nose job that will take less than 30 minutes to finish. Since dermal fillers plump up the skin, they can reshape the nose by adding volume to the area injected with fillers.
Improving Chest Appearance :
For women who like to wear open-top shirts, dermal fillers can be an essential way of improving the look of their chest. Wrinkles, fine lines, and other imperfections are common on the upper chest if it is regularly exposed to the environment. Fortunately, dermal fillers are an aesthetic medical treatment that can be used to eliminate the appearance of these fine lines. By applying these dermal fillers to your chest, you can restore your skin’s beautiful look. Pairing these fillers with collagen injections is often a good idea because it can restore skin elasticity. Combining multiple treatments in this way helps manage your skin problems and fully restores your aesthetic appearance.
Where to Start Looking for Dermal Fillers?
With the help of an experienced, qualified provider, injectable fillers can provide natural-looking enhancements to help you feel more confident in your appearance. To learn more about dermal fillers, visit Refresh Aesthetics and view more about the services that we offer. If you’re ready for your first consultation, the next step is to contact us!