Many ask what a dermal filler is. |
Growing older is both good and bad. Not only does the whole world of possibility open up to you, you are more capable of experiencing what the world has to offer. However, growing old also means that our body can catch up with us. Sometimes, before we feel it anywhere else, we can see it on our faces. Because of this, some have considered the use of dermal fillers.
Dermal fillers help to lessen or completely diminish facial lines and restore the face's fullness and volume. It is no secret that when we age, our face changes shape and loses fat. This is called the subcutaneous fat. Because of this, the facial muscles then work closer to the skin's surface layer. This is why smile lines, laugh lines and crow's feet become more obvious and apparent.
As we age, the facial skin also stretches slightly, adding to the loss of volume. Sun exposure, genetics and lifestyle all also contribute to the state of the facial skin. This is why dermal fillers are used to correct any results of these factors that affect the skin. Dermal fillers can be used to plump thin lips, enhance shallow contours, soften facial creases and wrinkles and improve the appearance of recessed scars. Dermal fillers can be very helpful in those with early signs of aging, or as a value-added part of facial rejuvenation surgery.
Despite all these great positives, for some patients, dermal fillers won't be enough. Surgery such as brow lift, facelift or eye lift might be the best approach to address their concerns. This is because dermal fillers, in essence, are made of soft filler substance.
Dermal fillers vary in chemical make-up, longevity and softness. They are not meant to last forever, and different types of fillers are used for different areas of the face. For example, softer fillers may be used for the lips while a harder dermal filler can be used for the cheekbones. It is best to consult with your surgeon to determine the type and volume of dermal filler that you will need.
Most people avail of "off-the-shelf" fillers which have very little risks and side effects. Naturally, these must not be self-medicated and can be injected in a surgeon's office or a medspa. You may be a good candidate for dermal fillers if you are physically healthy, don’t smoke and have a positive outlook and realistic goals in mind for the improvement of your appearance. It is important that you understand that while dermal fillers can improve your appearance, it is not a long-term solution at all. Non-surgical rejuvenation treatments, such as soft tissue fillers, cannot achieve major results, but may help delay the time when consideration of a facelift becomes appropriate.
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