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.
Artefill is in a class of its own as the only FDA-approved permanent dermal filler in the U.S. This filler is unique in its consistency of non-absorbable microspheres composed of Polymethacrylate. These microspheres create a supportive foundation for prolonged volume and wrinkle-reduction by working alongside the body’s natural production of collagen. Polymethacrylate, PMMA, has a decades-long history in clinical medicine, so it’s safety is proven. Doctors use the substance as Artefill primarily to smooth smile lines and, off label, to enhance the contours of the cheeks. This filler achieves immediate, lasting volume correction in deflated areas of the face.
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.
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Anti-aging was made much easier by the development of dermal fillers. To schedule a consultation at our Houston office to discuss what fillers can do for you, call 713-771-8941.