Facial fillers are a convenient treatment choice for anyone who is bothered by the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles, particularly those that are forming earlier than anticipated. Most fillers contain natural substances that replace age-related deficiencies in your skin. This helps to partially reverse the process of facial aging, leading to a significant reduction in wrinkles. Fillers offer significant wrinkle reduction without the need for surgery or real downtime. It may be the treatment you have been looking for to achieve your goals for your appearance.
The Various Causes of Facial Aging
Other than the loss of subcutaneous fat, hyaluronic acid loss may be the chief culprit in aging facial skin. This naturally-occurring substance has a special affinity for water. It is actually able to absorb many times its own weight in water. You may be familiar with hyaluronic acid as a common ingredient in quite a few skin care products. In addition to its external use, it can also be delivered via injection with a filler treatment.
Hyaluronic acid is an extremely important component of healthy, youthful skin. Think of a water balloon. When it is inflated with water, its surface is round and smooth. As water is removed from the balloon, its surface begins to develop folds. This is the same effect that we observe when skin begins to become depleted of hyaluronic acid. Fortunately, this development makes this type of aging skin a good target for a hyaluronic acid filler treatment.
Juvederm® is a type of treatment involving the injection of a gel mixed with hyaluronic acid and lidocaine. The hyaluronic acid helps to correct age-related hyaluronic acid deficiencies, while lidocaine helps ensure your comfort during your convenient treatment. The gel has an extremely silky smooth consistency that makes it perfect for working with any type of skin.
Once injected into your skin, Juvederm® starts to attract moisture into it right away. Your skin will immediately become plumper and better hydrated from within. You may notice some additional improvements over the following days after your treatment.
Juvederm® is actually an entire family of products that have slightly different formulations and are formulated for different areas of the face and lips. The type that would work best for you and your needs can be determined at your consultation.
The Juvéderm® Advantage
Juvederm® offers numerous advantages over other types of treatments. For one, the treatment is extremely convenient. Many people choose to have their treatments performed during a quick break from their other daily errands or activities.
Another key advantage to this treatment is that it is minimally-invasive. We can offer you significant anti-aging results without the need for incisions and the lengthy downtime that goes along with it. You should be able to resume your work or normal activities immediately after your quick treatment with minimal to no aftereffects like redness or swelling.
Restylane® is another type of hyaluronic acid filler that can restore facial volume through an injection with a hyaluronic acid gel that flows easily under the surface of your skin. Hyaluronic acid has an immediate plumping and volumizing effect on your skin. It is like having an internal moisturizer that soaks in moisture in the injection sites.
Downsides of Collagen Injections
Collagen is an important component of skin that tends to begin breaking down as you grow older or suffer from sun damage. The role of collagen in your skin is to create bulk and structure. Collagen provides a framework for skin cells to build around. Its age-related loss leads to skin that becomes thinner and develops wrinkles. A collagen filler can help to immediately correct an age-related collagen deficiency to fill in wrinkles and help facial skin become thicker and appear more youthful. But collagen fillers have their downsides, which is why we only offer hyaluronic acid-based fillers at our office. Unlike collagen injections, Juvederm and Restylane® fillers provide results that look natural, and the treatments are known to be safe and effective.
Downsides of Fat Transfer Injections
This is becoming a popular option, so it is important to take a look at this procedure and what it truly involves. During fat transfer injections, fat is removed via liposuction, purified, and then injected into your face to correct hollow areas and diminish lines and wrinkles. Since your body recognizes the fat as a part of itself, no allergic response is expected because this does not trigger the immune system.
Although a fat transfer filler is a great way to combine a liposuction procedure with a filler treatment to correct lines and wrinkles, the process involves an invasive procedure: liposuction. As such, you have to undergo surgery in order to get the injected material. Not everyone qualifies for surgery, and some simply don’t want to undergo an invasive procedure. This is where facial fillers like Juvederm and Restylane® can really save the day.
The Many Benefits of Facial Fillers
Filler makes a popular treatment choice because of its ability to correct lines and wrinkles found on various areas of the face. As such, it’s a versatile treatment.
Each treatment is designed to be fast and simple, typically taking just minutes to carry out. We may apply a topical anesthetic to the treatment area to enhance your comfort before the injections are carried out. You should be gratified by the immediate results offered by the filler, and you should be able to resume work or social activities immediately after your treatment.
The quick and convenient nature of the treatment makes it perfect for men and women with busy schedules and lifestyles. Gone are the days when you had to undergo an invasive procedure like a facelift to address fine lines and a loss of facial volume in certain areas. Fillers offer you a non-surgical way to attain your goals for your appearance.
Patients are usually amazed by how these treatments result in an immediate improvement in facial skin thickness and a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles. It is important to understand that your skin will continue to age after your treatment. The injected product will eventually be absorbed by the body, and you will need additional injections at that time to maintain your results. Fortunately, facial fillers offer long-lasting results of multiple months to up to a year or more, depending upon which product you were treated with and other factors.
Generally speaking, depending upon the injected materials (some are thinner or thicker than others), Juvederm® results may last anywhere from 6 to 18 months. At this point, your body will have fully absorbed the material that was injected. If you are not happy with your Juvederm® results, don’t worry: Hyaluronic acid fillers can be removed using a special enzyme that breaks down the hyaluronic acid.
Studies have shown that a full treatment with Restylane®, consisting of one repeat injection, may last up to 18 months. Results for cheeks can last up to one year, while wrinkles and folds may last up to six months. If you are being treated for the lips, these results typically last up to six months.
It’s important to keep in mind that results vary from patient to patient based on a number of factors. It’s important to have realistic expectations regarding what this treatment can and cannot accomplish before deciding whether or not it is right for you.
Good Candidates for Treatment
You may be wondering who makes a good candidate for a facial fillers treatment. Patients can be male or female of various ages. The best candidates for this type of procedure are those who are non-smokers with realistic expectations regarding the treatments and their results. Those who are non-smokers tend to heal more rapidly from the treatment. The squinting and sucking motions made by smoking tend to exacerbate the appearance of wrinkles, making your results fade more quickly.
The best facial filler candidates usually have moderate to severe wrinkles or folds, or some other type of skin problem that cannot be corrected using surgery and can be corrected using a filler. The treatment is a great choice for those with certain problem areas that are restricted to a defined area of the face. For example, you may want to fill in parentheses lines, but they are not currently serious enough to justify a facelift procedure. A filler treatment can be used to postpone cosmetic surgery or prolong the effects of previous surgeries.
You may make a good candidate for this treatment if you are bothered by the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles and want a younger look. As you grow older, your skin gradually begins losing elasticity and moisture, which means that when you form certain facial expressions like frowning or laughing, your skin will not snap back as quickly as it did when you were young. A filler treatment can be combined with other treatments like BOTOX® so that all signs of facial aging can be addressed during one treatment.
This treatment can help if you are dealing with wrinkles found around the eyes and mouth. It can also be used to enhance thin lips. Many women deal with lips that are lacking in volume, and a simple filler treatment can be used as a form of non-surgical lip augmentation.
Getting Started with Your Treatment
If you are ready to experience what facial fillers can do for you, please reach out to us at Skin ReMEDI to book your consultation at one of our locations in Alpharetta or Atlanta. A quick and convenient filler treatment may be just the skin remedy you need to look and feel your best! Contact us today to schedule an appointment and get started.
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