Immediately, I felt like I looked years younger. A few weeks later I looked in the mirror and saw a happy, younger, rested self smiling back.
Injectable soft tissue fillers are primarily made up of hyaluronic acid, a naturally-occurring enzyme in the body that helps plump and add moisture to the skin. By injecting this into the face and body where volume has been lost or where there are wrinkles and lines, it helps ‘plump’ and ‘fill’ in the area for a smoother surface. The most common brands of dermal filler that we use at our office include Juvederm®, Juvederm Voluma®, Juvederm Volbella®, Restylane® and Belotero®.
We most commonly fill areas of the face (and specific dermal fillers are created for specific areas and needs of the face), however, dermal fillers can also be used on the hands – Radiesse is great for helping hands appear less ‘boney’ or ‘veiny’ and more smooth and youthful.
No other treatment is able to safely and subtly restore the natural volume that is lost in our face over the course of time. With each decade we produce less collagen which is what ‘holds up’ our face and gives it that smooth, lifted appearance that we remember from when we were young. Dermal fillers replenish what is lost, and when done right (by an experienced professional with great technique), the ‘work’ should look almost ‘invisible’ to the naked eye.
Dermal fillers can last anywhere from six months to two years depending on the brand. Because dermal fillers are not permanent (they are slowly reabsorbed by the body over a few months), we can also adapt and customize treatment to your changing needs.
We always conduct a thorough aesthetic consultation with patients before performing any major aesthetic procedure like dermal filler injections. Most patients who are experiencing everything from the first signs of aging to more progressive volume loss will be a great candidate for fillers, as long as the procedure is done by a licensed, expert professional.