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Many people seeking to correct skin imperfections turn to dermal fillers as a long-lasting, minimally-invasive alternative to plastic surgery. There are many benefits to opting for dermal filler injections as opposed to going under the knife, but there are a few things you should know before making your decision.
As we age, our skin slows production the nutrients that help keep us looking young and our skin looking firm and radiant. Among these substances that deplete over time is hyaluronic acid, which provides moisture and plumpness within the skin. As the body loses hyaluronic acid, skin becomes dry and sagging, even producing gauntness in the face as volume is lost. Many dermal fillers use either animal-derived or synthetic hyaluronic acid to restore lost hydration, thereby increasing volume and lifting the skin and erasing fine lines and wrinkles in the process.
Dermal fillers are specially formulated to not only replace substances and other proteins that have been lost through the aging process, but they also use ingredients that help stimulate cellular production. This helps to give the skin a smoother, fresher appearance and feel as newer, younger cells replace the older cells that were contributing to dryness of roughness. By hydrating the cells within the dermis, facial fillers moisturize your skin on the deepest level, giving you silkier, firmer skin.
There is a large variety of facial fillers on the market that are all designed to help with different issues. By using different concentrations of ingredients or by using different technological processes in the development in the ingredients, you will be able to find fillers that can help with simple revitalization, basic correction of superficial lines, facial sculpting, and contouring, and everything in between. Facial fillers can sculpt the nose, chin, cheekbones, or even the temples. However, facial fillers cannot totally replace plastic surgery, as they cannot remove volume. For instance, if you wish your nose were narrower, fillers will not be able to help with that.
Many facial fillers use ingredients that are biodegradable. This means that the materials break down within the body through a natural metabolic process over time. Once the filler is fully metabolized—which will vary by product—your skin will simply return to how it appeared prior to receiving dermal filler treatments. Whether or not you choose to maintain the results after treatment is up to you, and your appearance will be no worse than how you started off if you choose not to continue receiving treatments.
When it comes to receiving filler injections, less is usually more. Overcorrection can lead to an unsatisfactory appearance, which could include lumps or uneven distribution of the filler. This is why it is important to receive your dermal injections from a licensed doctor who is experienced in administering filler injections. You should only receive treatment from a professional who has knowledge of the underlying structure of the skin and the face, particularly if you’re seeking to sculpt your facial contour.
There are many different dermal fillers available to doctors, each with their own particular benefits and specifications. If you’ve done your research and think you’ve found a filler that you’d like to try, keep in mind that your doctor is the expert and that he or she will be able to tailor a treatment plan that is specific to your skin and the goals you have for treatment. This may include using a combination of a few different fillers to obtain the best result possible, and you may discuss any concerns you may have with your doctor during a consultation appointment.
Though dermal fillers are not a permanent treatment, results can last a very long time. Every filler product has their own expectancy for the duration of results, with some lasting as long as 18 months. The longevity of results will vary by patient depending on factors such as the age and lifestyle of the individual, as well as the injection technique used by the administering doctor. You may speak to your doctor about maintenance treatments for longer lasting results.
Not only are there a large variety of fillers for doctors to choose from, there are many injection techniques that your medial practitioner may choose from to apply the implant most effectively. At the same time, some fillers require a doctor’s discretion to determine the proper treatment schedule with multiple sessions occurring over weeks or sometimes months. Consulting with your doctor about what you hope to see from your treatment will allow the doctor to devise the right plan for you.
While finding the right filler for you is important, the key to a great result is finding an experienced doctor who can work with you and your treatment goals. Though this is a non-surgical treatment, experience, technique, and attention to detail all play a huge role in the results you will receive. Finding the right doctor may require some research, and checking online for reviews of doctors in your area is a great first step. Do not hesitate to interview different doctors to ensure you’re finding the right practitioner for you.
Though treatment is usually quick and minimally invasive, receiving dermal filler injections is still a medical procedure. As such, there are some risks associated with treatment, including the risk of infection from injection. Other complications include hypersensitivity up to anaphylactic shock, the appearance of nodules, and vascular compromise if the implant is not injected properly. Always speak to your doctor about the list of mild and more rare side effects associated with any dermal filler you may be considering prior to treatment.
If you think dermal fillers are right for you, speak to a medical professional today!
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