Wrinkle Treatments and Dermal Fillers
What Is A Dermal Filler?
Dermal fillers, which come in a variety of materials, including animal and human collagen, human fat, naturally occurring substances in the body, are injected into the depression or crease in a wrinkled area. We classify them as temporary, semi-permanent, and permanent. Dermal Fillers are administered by either Registered Nurses or physicians.
In general, we use dermal fillers to replace volume, which then helps to restore a natural look. Unfortunately, we associate a sunken, skeletal look with age and disease, whereas we are all attracted to the youthful fullness of a face that has retained its curves and a supple appearance.
Some dermal fillers fit the definition of a non-extreme treatment we offer to help individuals to look good quickly and make a good first impression. Some filler treatments can be done in minutes in the office with very little downtime. Most of the newer filler agents available today can provide a great youthful look by the coming weekend.
We sometimes use dermal fillers in combination with other treatments. A Botox injection, followed by a filler and laser treatment, is one of the most common combination treatments and is a fast way to make an improved first impression.
Over the past five years, the use of dermal fillers has become more and more popular, but the concept itself isn’t new. In fact, as early as 1893, doctors discussed the idea of using fat as a filler agent within facial wrinkles and creases. In the 1920s, a few doctors injected fillers such as paraffin, silicon, and mineral oil to remove wrinkles and rejuvenate facial appearance. In facial rejuvenation philosophy, interest in fillers has increased as thinking evolves from using surgical tightening procedures towards the direction of what we call volume replacement.
Many cosmetic surgeons now recognize the benefits of restoring volume to the face in order to recreate a youthful look. With age, the skin loses elasticity, but also appears to fall as we lose a significant amount of soft tissue and fat that is characteristic of a youthful face. In addition, the bones in the face (our facial skeleton) get smaller, and the facial muscles thin.
These factors combine to create the look we associate with the aging face. In addition, if we don’t replace facial volume, but just pull the skin and muscles tight, we end up with unusual lines on the face, plus a skeletal or cadaver look – and that is certainly inconsistent with an appearance of health or youthfulness!
Who Is A Good Candidate For Dermal Fillers?
In general, t hose who have lost volume or have deepening furrows, creases, and lines characteristic of aging can benefit from fillers. Those who are younger, but desire bigger lips or bigger cheeks or a more defined chin can also benefit from dermal fillers.
What to Expect During Treatment
The setup and protocols are similar for all filler products. So, these are general guidelines:
- You will be seated upright in a comfortable exam chair.
- Before filler product is administered, makeup and dirt will be removed, using an alcohol pad.
- You may request to use topical anesthetic cream to blunt the discomfort associated with an injection or ask for a dental block.
- Injections take just minutes.
- While the injections may hurt, many patients find them tolerable with just a topical anesthetic or an ice cube placed on the sight just prior to injection. Using an injectable product on the lips can be very painful, and most patients will appreciate a filler with lidocaine built in.
Schedule a Consultation Today
DermaBare at LifeSpa Aesthetics & Laser Center offers complimentary consultations to ease any concerns you may have prior to having filler treatment. Call or email us today to get started on fuller, younger looking skin at 949-545-6600. During your appointment you can also learn about the other non-surgical treatments we offer, including laser hair removal, Botox and more.