Dermal fillers are injectables that are used to plump up wrinkles and folds, sunken areas of the face, or to simply give problem areas on the face a little more volume. They are a great way to reverse the appearance of volume loss, which is one of the three aspects of facial aging (the other two being sagging skin and skin texture changes).
Volume loss happens naturally as we age. When we're in our 20s and early 30s, it is what makes us look like adults; however, as we reach our late 30s and 40s, it can make us look more “mature” than we feel, or more tired than we feel. The abundance of the fat loss that occurs as we age is mostly dependent on our genetic, although diet, exercise, and sun exposure can also play a role.
Dermal fillers are an excellent option for clients who want to tackle problem areas (like “marionette” lines that run from the mouth to the chin, or nasolabial folds that run from the nose to the corners of the mouth) but do not want to commit to a full plastic surgery procedure requiring anesthesia and recovery time. For most clients, dermal fillers can be done over a long lunch break, and you can return to most of your normal activities as soon as you are done.
Injectables are also a great add-on to any plastic surgery procedure you are having done, or are the perfect addition to a cosmetic, non-surgical package. For example, if you are having Botox done on the fine lines around your eyes, you can add on a dermal filler injection to your under-eye circles to complete the rejuvenation. Injectables would also pair well with laser treatments that are used to give the skin more firmness.
You can also add dermal fillers to procedures life eyelid surgery, brow lifts, mini-facelifts, and regular facelifts. Your surgeon will help you decide which procedures are best for your situation, and if dermal fillers will be a good improvement for what you are having done.
It is also essential that you use the services of a board certified plastic surgeon when pursuing dermal fillers or any other procedure. Board certified surgeons have more training and experience in safety, up to date procedures and products, and the best techniques. If you use a surgeon who is not board certified, you increase the risk for bad results.