Dermal fillers have become increasingly common as a non-surgical solution for problems like fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin.
While you might be familiar with the basic premise of these treatments, you may not be quite as familiar with the number of ways that a dermal filler can improve your appearance and elevate your confidence.
In this blog, we’ll explore what dermal fillers are, how they have traditionally been used, and five new and innovative ways they can be used to deliver amazing results.
What is a Dermal Filler?
Dermal fillers like Restylane and Juvéderm are FDA-approved substances designed to be injected into soft tissue in order to smooth, plump, and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Many fillers feature substances that are naturally found in the body, like hyaluronic acid, which can deliver safe and effective results.
Traditional Uses for Dermal Filler
Fillers are most often used for face and neck enhancement. For example, they can be used to plump thinning lips and address crepey lines around the mouth. They can also help to soften deeper creases like heavy nasolabial folds. They can even be applied around the cheeks, chin, and other areas to increase volume.
In most cases, the purpose of injectable fillers is to soften, smooth, and restore a youthful visage.
5 Surprising Uses for Dermal Fillers
Although most people seek out dermal fillers as a way to fight common signs of aging on the face, these injectables have a wide range of uses that many people are not aware of. Let’s explore some of the additional creative ways that dermal fillers can be used to improve your appearance.
1. Reduce Scarring
Scars can serve as a badge of honor, but they can also prove to be unsightly and embarrassing, especially if you’re dealing with acne scars. The right fillers can help to recontour areas that suffer from pitting and scarring, resulting in smoother skin.
2. Rejuvenate Hands
It’s not just the face that can suffer a loss of volume as you age. Hands are another area in which aging is commonly displayed. Certain fillers can help to restore volume, camouflage prominent veins or tendons, and make hands look more youthful.
3. Smooth Earlobe Folds
As collagen production wanes, sagging can occur all over the body, even on the earlobes. This is another surprising instance in which dermal fillers can help by adding volume to plump sagging areas, restoring the appearance, and providing necessary support for accessories like earrings.
4. Address Lipoatrophy
Lipoatrophy is a type of lipodystrophy, a condition that impacts the way your body stores and uses fat. Lipoatrophy, specifically, is typically related to the use of drugs like AZT or Stavudine used to treat HIV, resulting in fat loss in the face and other areas of the body. Fillers are approved to correct and restore volume in the face due to lipoatrophy.
5. Address Undereye Bags
Using fillers to correct puffiness under the eyes may seem counterintuitive, but when they are used to artfully plump in the dark hollows that make bags stand out, a smoother, more youthful appearance can result.
Are You a Good Candidate for Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are a good option for anyone that is interested in addressing fine lines, wrinkles, and creases, as well as plumping areas that have lost volume over time. If you’re looking to refresh and rejuvenate your appearance, but you’re not yet ready for surgical options like a face lift, minimally invasive fillers are a great option to explore.
Differences Between Dermal Fillers and Neurotoxins
People often confuse Botox and fillers. What’s the difference? Botox is a neurotoxin that helps to soften fine lines and wrinkles by minimizing muscle movement. Fillers, on the other hand, are designed to plump, filling in wrinkles to smooth the skin.
If signs of aging are making you look older than you feel, it’s time to find out what Dr. Beverly Fischer and the experienced team at The Advanced Center for Plastic Surgery can do for you. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and get started.