Your appearance has the ability to boost your confidence and help you face the world! Whether you take time with your hair and makeup, eat right and exercise, or reach for that outfit that makes you look fantastic, over time, appearances change.
With age, our skin loses firmness, gravity takes its toll, and we begin to notice sagging, fine lines and wrinkles, loss of volume, and other signs of aging. The good news is, you need not go gentle into that good night. There are plenty of cosmetic procedures designed to rejuvenate your face.
While you may, at some point, consider plastic surgery procedures like eye, neck, or facelift, you can start out by treating minor wrinkles and sagging with non-surgical, minimally-invasive options like Botox and dermal fillers.
What are Dermal Fillers?
Unlike Botox, which is an injectable intended to freeze muscles so that they relax, smoothing wrinkles in the process, dermal fillers are gel-like injectables that help to fill in areas that have lost plumpness, restoring a more youthful appearance in the process. It’s normal for cheeks, lips, and other areas to lose volume as you age, creating a sunken, hollow appearance over time. As the name implies, dermal fillers replace the lost volume in these areas and create pleasing contours, restoring a plumper, firmer, more youthful appearance.
Types of Fillers and Touch-Up Timeline
There are several different types of fillers, but some of the most popular are Restylane, Juvéderm, Voluma, and Radiesse. How are these fillers different? What benefits will they provide? How long will the effects last?
Restylane gel is composed of hyaluronic acid, a substance that naturally occurs in our bodies, which makes it a fairly natural product with little possibility of an allergic reaction. Restylane tends to stay where it’s put, which makes it ideal for multiple purposes, from filling in smaller areas like fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and lips to adding plumpness to lips and cheeks.
The results of Restylane treatments could last 6-12 months, depending on factors like where it is placed, your body’s metabolism, and so on. You may want to plan for touch-ups every 3-6 months to ensure the best results.
Like Restylane, Juvéderm is a hyaluronic acid dermal filler, which makes it a safe and effective choice. However, Juvéderm tends to spread somewhat after injection, creating a smooth appearance. For this reason, it is preferred for areas with fine lines and wrinkles, but not necessarily for cheek or under-eye hollows. This dermal filler could last up to a year, but you may require touch-ups every 3-12 months, depending on where it is placed and the severity of problem areas.
Voluma is another hyaluronic acid dermal filler, but it differs from Restylane and Juvéderm in a couple of key ways. First, it is designed to be injected deeper into the skin, helping to treat heavier wrinkles, like the nasolabial folds that run from the sides of the nose to the sides of the mouth. In addition, the effects of Voluma could last for up to two years. You should plan for touch-ups every 18-24 months.
Unlike the other injectables on this list, Radiesse is composed of calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) microspheres suspended in a water-based gel. Because these materials naturally appear in your body, this dermal filler carries no risk of allergic reaction.
Radiesse is ideal for adding volume to cheeks and deep lines like nasolabial folds, it may be used for contouring, and it can even help with acne scarring. Treatment takes only about 15 minutes and results could last 1-2 years.
Are signs of aging impacting your appearance and your confidence? Contact the experts at Beverly Fischer, MD and The Advanced Center for Plastic Surgery today at 410-308-4700 or online to schedule a consultation and learn more about dermal fillers.