Many of the visible signs of aging are related to volume loss. As the body ages, the skin thins out and loses firmness and elasticity. This results in the deepening of lines etched into the forehead and around the nose and mouth. The cheeks, temples, and eye areas may also respond to volume loss. In these areas, cosmetic concerns such as hollowing or bags may occur.
Dermal fillers are a popular treatment for volume loss in the face and hands. Various FDA-approved injectables have been used for the past 15+ years to enhance facial features including the cheeks, lips, eyes, jawline, and chin. The use of dermal fillers has grown exponentially over time, with millions of injections administered each year in the United States alone.
We are proud to provide outstanding care in our friendly Houston office. Our patients have multiple options for dermal filler treatment.
Juvéderm is a brand, not a product in and of itself. Within this brand are several dermal fillers made of hyaluronic acid, a non-animal-based, naturally-occurring substance. The risk of allergy is virtually non-existent because the body makes and utilizes hyaluronic acid on its own. Juvéderm dermal fillers are uniquely made with various consistencies to address a multitude of cosmetic concerns. Each consistency is achieved with varying particle-sizes of hyaluronic acid in a soft gel base. These products are routinely used to enhance the cheeks, chin, and jawline, to plump the lips, temples, and other areas, and to smooth lines, creases, and under eye bags or hollows. The results of treatment can last from six months to well over a year depending on the usage and product selected.
Like Juvéderm, Restylane is a brand of hyaluronic acid dermal fillers. These products work by binding to water molecules that are naturally present in the skin. To achieve the most natural looking and feeling effects, Restylane products are made with varying sizes of hyaluronic acid particles. They can be used in all of the areas that other fillers may treat, and have similar durations for treatment and effect.
Sculptra is another injectable that is in a class of its own. We refer to it as a dermal filler because it is intended to improve volume for a more youthful appearance. However, Sculptra does not work like other injectables. This product acts beneath the skin to stimulate collagen production. Essentially, it provokes action in the dermis that tricks the body into rejuvenating itself. Collagen naturally decreases with age. Sculptra facilitates a resurgence that can firm and smooth the skin over time. The results of a series of Sculptra injections can last 2 year or longer.
Dermal fillers are a foundational cosmetic treatment used in nearly every dermatology and plastic surgery practice today. These treatments are known as wrinkle reducers, but they can do much more, including:
- Enhance and plump naturally thin or deflated lips
- Reduce marionette lines at the corners of the mouth
- Smooth a chin crease
- Disguise mild jowls at the jawline
- Restore youthful contours to the cheeks
- Reduce vertical lip lines
- Restore optimal facial symmetry
Treatments take only a few minutes and result in mild to moderate side effects that can last from a few hours to a few days. Common side effects of dermal filler treatment include minor redness, swelling, bumps, or firmness. Bruising sometimes occurs, usually in patients who take a blood-thinning medication or certain supplements.
What Benefits Can I Expect from Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are designed to correct certain cosmetic imperfections. They can help plump up the skin, provide volume and lift, smooth out fine lines, restore contours where you have lost them due to natural aging or give a more youthful appearance for the entire face. There are a number of benefits that can be expected from dermal fillers. Typically, they are used to treat wrinkles and folds in the upper cheeks and around the mouth. When injected into problem areas, they may:
- Improve your overall appearance by plumping up sagging skin to eliminate the deep furrows caused by age or too much sun exposure.
- Fill in lost tissue volume under facial folds such as nasolabial folds (lines from the nose to the mouth), marionettes (from the corners of the mouth to under the chin), and around eye bags.
- Restore a youthful appearance by filling out hollow or sunken areas that have been lost due to age, illness, injury, or surgery.
- Provide contour correction if you have experienced a natural loss in facial volume due to natural aging and the cheeks have become hollow or sunken.
- Provide dramatic results when used for lip augmentation, which can appear fuller, plumper, and more sensual in appearance.
Are Dermal Fillers Better Than BOTOX® Cosmetic?
There is no easy answer to this question, as different people may experience different results from dermal fillers and BOTOX® Cosmetic. However, generally speaking, dermal fillers are typically able to provide longer-lasting results than BOTOX® Cosmetic. They can also smooth out deeper wrinkles that may not be responsive to BOTOX® injections, and they can add volume that cannot be achieved with BOTOX® injections alone. Additionally, many people prefer the non-invasive nature of dermal fillers compared to BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments. Ultimately, your best option will depend on your specific cosmetic needs and goals, so it is important to consult with Dr. Esta Kronberg of Houston, TX, for a more definitive answer as to what is right for you.
How Do I Prepare for a Dermal Filler Appointment?
If you are planning on undergoing a dermal filler appointment, there are a couple of things you can do to prepare. First, it is essential to be open and honest with Dr. Esta Kronberg about your goals for treatment. This will allow her to better assess the needs of your skin and determine the best course of action for achieving the results you desire. You should also have a complete list of medications and supplements that you take to ensure you are a proper candidate for dermal fillers and that injections will be safe and appropriate.
What Should I Avoid After Getting Dermal Fillers?
There are some things that you should avoid after getting dermal fillers, including vigorous exercise, hot showers or baths, direct sunlight exposure, and alcohol consumption. These activities can cause inflammation in the treated area and may interfere with your healing process. Additionally, please avoid touching or massaging the treated area for at least 24 hours.
Is There Any Downtime Involved?
One of the primary benefits of dermal fillers is that they do not require any downtime or recovery as required with invasive plastic surgery procedures. This makes them a much less invasive alternative, as well as a more affordable option for many Houston, TX, area patients.