Aging can affect your overall appearance in many different ways. For instance, accumulated sun damage can leave you with dark spots, fine lines, and wrinkles that make you look older than you truly are. Repeated facial movements can create dynamic creases around your mouth and eyes that appear every time you laugh, frown, or smile. Perhaps the most noticeable, age-related change to visibly manifest, however, is the loss of volume that commonly occurs at the mid-face. All people begin to progressively lose facial volume in their late 30s and early 40s. The good news is that high-quality fillers can restore fullness to the visage, and with absolutely seamless and natural-looking results.
Why Facial Volume Matters
Changes in facial volume can have a tremendous impact on your appearance. It’s vital to know that these are changes that can seemingly happen all at once. Even though this is largely a gradual process, it is not unheard of to wake up one morning and see a totally different version of yourself standing in front of the mirror. Things like sagging skin at the jawline or jowling frequently take people by surprise.
When facial volume is lost, the skin invariably loosens and sags. Although this covering is fairly resilient, it does not have the power to adapt to any significant loss of volume, especially when volume loss is ongoing and progressive, just as it is during the normal aging process. When too much volume is lost, particularly when it is lost over a very short period of time, people can develop dark hollows at the cheeks, prominent wrinkles that travel along the nasolabial folds, and even marionette lines or crease that travel from the outer corners of the bottom lip to the very outer edges of the chin. These are facial changes that can occur even when the skin is in optimum condition.
People who have diligently protected their skin from excessive sun exposure, who’ve always exfoliated, moisturized, and pampered their outer coverings, are often surprised to see the undeniable effects of volume loss manifesting on their own faces. Being able to restore this volume can instantly turn back the hands of time. Within minutes, you can revitalize your entire facial structure, regain your confidence, and increase your overall marketability and appeal.
The most popular dermal fillers are hyaluronic acid-based. Hyaluronic acid (HA) is something that your body already produces on its own. This acid is found in the joints and connective tissues. It also helps support the skin. As such, HA-based fillers are unlikely to cause irritation or severe allergic reactions upon injection during anti-aging treatments. This is because they are primarily comprised of a substance that the patient’s body already uses and produces.
This skin supporting substance plays a hand in plumping the skin on its own, once it’s been inserted. The true volume-restoring benefits of these solutions, however, are largely the result of HA’s ability to attract and store water molecules. Once these fillers are inserted into targeted areas, they gather and retain water. This produces a visible plumping effect that fills lines, wrinkles, and loose skin back out. When done correctly, the results are smooth, beautiful, and entirely natural-looking.
How Hyaluronic Acid-Based Fillers Smooth and Hydrate the Skin
The water-collecting activity of HA doesn’t just add volume to the visage; it also hydrates the skin from the inside out. This gives the entire complexion a softer and more dewy look that’s totally indicative of youth. Moreover, these treatments are often completed within just 20 minutes or less, and results can start manifesting right away. Thus, if you’re interested in revitalizing your appearance but don’t want a lot of downtime, this could be the perfect treatment. Fillers will leave you looking refreshed, while pampering your skin and making it more resilient at each every one of its levels.
Pair Your Filler Treatment with BOTOX® for Enhanced Results
Dermal fillers are designed to restore volume in areas that are plagued by issues with static wrinkling and sagging. These products are not, however, capable of relaxing away the dynamic wrinkles resulting from ongoing facial movement. That’s what injectable protein solutions are for. Given that both dynamic and static wrinkles are a normal part of the facial aging process, it is often beneficial to pair these two non-invasive treatments together. Doing so makes it possible to relax motion-related creases like frown lines, crow’s feet, and smoker’s wrinkles, while filling in facial hollows and creases resulting from volume loss. Together, BOTOX® and dermal fillers create a liquid face lift. With these treatments there is no tissue removal, no scarring, no downtime, and very minimal risk. They make it possible to take years off the face right before any major occasion.
Choosing from the Different Options in Dermal Fillers
Dermal filler technologies are constantly advancing. As such, these products are being used to both restore facial volume and create significant structural changes without the need for surgery. For instance, certain long-lasting fillers are being used as part of non-invasive lip augmentation procedures and non-surgical nose jobs (liquid rhinoplasty). These same formulas can also be used to regain facial volume by patients who are well-versed in filler use and who want longer lasting improvements.
When selecting a filler for your anti-aging treatment, our team of professionals will consider your full range of aesthetic concerns, your history with these products, and any allergies or other risk factors that you may have. HA-based fillers tend to be the best choice for patients who are new to dermal fillers, and those who are concerned about adverse reactions. Not only is the body easily able to recognize the primary ingredient in these products, but it also has the ability to gradually break it down. This is why the results of dermal filler treatments are only temporary.
Using Dermal Filler Technologies to Minimize Deep and Pitted Acne Scars
Sometimes facial volume lost isn’t the result of normal aging. Instead, it is caused by direct or recurring trauma at the surface layers of the skin. Facial injuries and prolonged struggles with acne often result in the formation of deep and pitted scars. Moderate to severe scarring is not always responsive to skin resurfacing treatments such as microneedling, microdermabrasion, or the chemical peel process. In these cases, filler can be used to strategically fill low points in the skin back in. This will leave the skin looking smoother, healthier, and more balanced. After years of battling with acne, many people are devastated to find that their newly clear skin is marred by dark spots, pits, and other reminders of their past breakouts. Using dermal fillers for acne scar treatment can greatly boost a person’s self-confidence in this instance.
How Long Do Fillers Last?
The typical HA-based filler can last between six to nine months. Once six or more months have passed, the body will break down the injectable and route it out. This will result in the gradual reappearance of wrinkles and other age-related issues across the treatment zone. Fortunately, filler injections can be easily and safely repeated by our expert team as needed for those who wish to maintain their results.
High-quality fillers such as those that are commonly used in lip augmentation and liquid rhinoplasty procedures are made with a special form of HA. The HA in these products has been cross-linked. Cross-linking HA or building it out of different-sized molecules makes this substance more challenging for the body to break down. When cross-linked HA is used in mind-face injections and other applications, the results can last between 12 months and two full years.
Longer-lasting injectables obviously require a commitment to longer-lasting facial changes. This is why patients are often advised to try standard fillers out before moving on to products with cross-linking. There are even filler products that are designed to permanently restore lost volume. While some components in these solutions can be broken down and routed out of the body over time, their other agents are meant to remain in place, thereby permanently filling out the skin.
Getting Ready for a Filler Treatment
Dermal filler injections are minimally-invasive and virtually pain-free. In fact, many of the best filler products include lidocaine for assured comfort. This addition helps people remain at ease both during and after their sessions. Throughout this process, a quick series of injections will be made by the injector to restore volume in areas that drooping, sagging, or that have developed a hollowed out appearance. Only minute amounts of the selected filler will be inserted in any area. This will create an instant increase in facial volume, but additional volume will be restored over the first few days following treatment. As HA-based fillers attract and retain water molecules, more surface issues will be effectively filled in.
Are You a Good Candidate for Fillers?
Filler injections are low-risk procedures given that they do not involve any cutting or post-treatment wound care. This is especially true when these treatments are compared to more invasive answers to facial volume loss such as face and brow lift surgeries. People appreciate the fact that dermal fillers are only capable of producing short-term changes in their appearances. This way, there is always the flexibility of being able to pursue other treatment options in the future. Moreover, there is never a need for costly revision surgeries. If you are looking for a hassle-free, fast-acting, and incredibly easy way to revitalize your appearance, these products are definitely worth pursuing. Get in contact with our team today to learn more about our current options in facial fillers and to find out if you qualify. Our team at Light Touch Aesthetic Center would be more than happy to answer any questions you have. We are conveniently located in Cleveland. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!