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Looking to accentuate your cheekbones? Plump and define your lips? Smooth a deep wrinkle by your mouth? Or, maybe you are just looking to make your features more symmetrical and youthful in their appearance. Regardless of your intent, dermal fillers offer some of the most safe and versatile options to restore a natural and younger looking YOU!
How can you tell a person’s age? Increased number and depth of wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and saggy skin are some of the changes that are associated with aging. But perhaps most important is facial shape. When we are young, our facial shape demonstrates the “triangle of youth” with width around the eyes and a narrow jawline. As we age, we develop a more rectangular or pyramidal appearance with a wide lower face. The goal of many of today’s most popular aesthetic interventions including Botox and dermal filler is to try to recreate a more youthful heart-shaped face.
Skin loses collagen and elasticity as we age. Facial features once accentuated by fullness can become marked by more severe contours and thin skin. In addition, we lose bone mass that influences our facial structure. Injectable Fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm and Sculptra can restore youthful volume and structure to your face.
Unlike Botox, which relaxes the muscles that contract to cause a wrinkle, dermal fillers work by restoring the volume that is lost in our tissue. Their effect is immediate and long-lasting with little to no downtime. In addition to smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles, certain dermal fillers can be used to create lift to the face by providing structure and support.
Outside of a few pin pricks, dermal filler treatments are surprisingly comfortable and give nearly instant gratification with very little downtime. Many even contain a mild numbing agent to increase your comfort during your treatment. In certain cases, such as the lips and/or under eyes, the injector may even use a micro-cannula to decrease the chance of any bruising. Regardless, it is still recommended that you schedule your dermal filler treatment around any important social events on your schedule and allow 2-3 days for potential swelling and/or bruising.
Immediately after your treatment, you may still feel numb and have a little redness. It is normal to be slightly swollen and tender for up to a week, or longer in some cases. It is recommended that you avoid strenuous activities, like exercise for 1 – 2 days, and you should sleep upright for at least the first night. Most patients will experience some improvements immediately after the injections, but it often takes 1 – 2 weeks before the final results appear. In some cases, as with Sculptra, you may be asked to massage the area regularly. Most patients find that all they need is an aspirin or ibuprofen for their comfort.
While dermal fillers are a safe solution for someone wanting to rejuvenate their appearance, the outcome is greatly dependent upon the experience and skill of the injector. It is important to make sure the person providing your treatment has had formal training and has experience treating the desired area. Our injectors are highly trained in the art of fillers. Their expert knowledge of facial symmetry and balance allow them to produce natural, youthful results.
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