As you get older, the skin undergoes many different changes. You might start to notice more lines and wrinkles in places they weren’t before or you might think that your face looks different in some way when you glance in the mirror. As you age, the composition of skin proteins and other substances begin to change, which contributes to a less youthful appearance.
While you can’t go back in time or press pause on the clock, you can explore ways to restore what has been lost and create a more youthful appearance. One option is to consider dermal fillers, or injections that help to reduce certain signs of aging.
Not sure if dermal fillers are right for you? Here are five reasons to get them.
You’ve Lost Some Volume
One sign of aging is a loss of volume from the face, particularly from the cheek (malar) area. Some people discover that as they age, their once prominent cheekbones have become flat and drawn.
Two things can contribute to volume loss in the facial area. One is a loss of fat in this area, which is common with age. The other is a decrease in collagen. Collagen is the protein that provides structural support to the skin. It helps to make your skin firm and elastic. With age, your body produces less and less of it.
While not every type of filler can restore lost volume in the facial area, Juvederm Voluma can. It is made from a thick, viscous form of hyaluronic acid, another substance your body naturally produces. Another dermal filler that can help restore volume loss is Scupltra, which is made from a synthetic substance, poly-l-lactic acid, which helps your body produce more collagen.
Lines and Wrinkles Are Bothering You
If you have certain types of lines or wrinkles (typically, deep, etched-in lines), your doctor can use dermal fillers to temporarily plump them up or fill them in. Only static wrinkles and lines, which are created by a loss of volume, respond to fillers.
If you have dynamic wrinkles, which develop thanks to repetitive muscle movements and certain facial expressions made over the years, you’ll want to consider treatment with an injection such as Botox, rather than fillers. It’s also possible to combine treatments. You can receive fillers to treat static lines and Botox for dynamic wrinkles during the same session.
People Keep Asking if You’re Tired
While it is a pretty rude question, that doesn’t seem to stop people from asking if someone is tired when he or she first starts to show the signs of aging. A loss of facial volume and certain types of wrinkles can give you a drawn, worn out look. Bags and hollow eyes can make you look tired, even if you feel great. If you’re tired of people assuming you’re not sleeping or just want to look as alert and peppy as you feel inside, fillers can help.
You Have Thin Lips
Volume loss doesn’t just occur in the cheeks. Some people also notice that their lips become thinner as they get older. In some instances, people are unhappy with the size of their lips throughout their lives.
Dermatologists have been using fillers such as Juvederm or Restylane to plump up lips for years. Both fillers contain hyaluronic acid. Before HA fillers, doctors typically used collagen injections to add volume to the lips, but HA is the filler of choice for most today. One product, Juvederm Volbella, is specifically formulated for use in the lip area.
You Don’t Want Surgery
For some people, fillers can be a starter cosmetic treatment or even an appropriate alternative surgery for the time being. Unlike surgical procedures, they don’t have a lengthy recovery period afterward and they don’t require a considerable amount of preparation in advance. You may have some bruising and swelling for 48 hours after the injections. In many cases, the entire process takes less than 30 minutes in your doctor’s office. Afterwards, you can go back to your usual day or decide to take the day off and rest up at home.
No matter your reason for wanting dermal fillers, choosing the right doctor to perform the injections is a must. Dr. Diane Walder is a leading dermatologist in the US. She offers a wide variety of fillers at her practice in Miami and can help you decide which one is most appropriate for you. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Walder or one of her associates, call 305-866-2177 today.