Dermal fillers are becoming increasingly popular as the public learns how effective they can be in restoring lost facial volume, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and plumping the lips. The convenience, versatility and measurable results are just some of the many reasons for the popularity of dermal fillers. Millions of people have used them to help turn back the clock on their face.
What Are Dermal Fillers?
There are differences between different dermal fillers, but generally, they are injectable gels containing hyaluronic acid, a natural substance that safely restores lost volume to the skin.
What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic acid, the active ingredient in most dermal fillers, is a substance naturally produced by the body. Because the body does not treat it as a foreign substance, dermal fillers are non-allergenic.
When we are younger, our bodies produce ample hyaluronic acid. This substance has the property of attracting and binding a tremendous amount of water molecules. These water molecules add volume and “plumpness” to each individual skin cell. This is one of the attributes of youthful, healthy skin.
However, as we age, our bodies begin producing less hyaluronic acid. As a result, individual skin cells begin to dehydrate, leading to skin that appears less full and youthful.
The good news is that recent breakthroughs in cosmetic medicine led to the development of dermal fillers containing hyaluronic acid. These safe and effective injections can temporarily restore this special substance in areas that need it, like lines around the lips and eyes, as well as other areas.
All dermal fillers are injected into the skin to restore volume, but there are differences between different products. Some were designed to specifically address lines and wrinkles around the lips while others restore lost volume to the cheeks or lower face. Each is formulated slightly differently to be used in different areas of the face.
How Do Dermal Fillers Differ from BOTOX®?
Both BOTOX® and dermal fillers are injectable treatments for the face, but they work very differently and contain different active ingredients. While dermal fillers contain hyaluronic acid, BOTOX® contains a purified protein solution to temporarily relax facial muscles that form wrinkles.
How Long Will My Results Last?
Although dermal fillers are not a permanent solution for restoring lost skin volume, they can offer many months of noticeable improvement. How long your treatment lasts depends on many factors, like your own unique anatomy, your genetics, the environment and the type of filler administered.
Would I Make a Good Candidate?
You may make a good candidate if you have noticed lost volume in your facial skin, you would like to minimize wrinkles around your face or add volume to your cheeks, lips or under-eye hollows.
If you would like to know if the treatment can help you, schedule a consultation at Mariposa Aesthetics and Laser Center. We have convenient locations in Edmond and Oklahoma City. Our team of professionals can evaluate your unique situation and determine if the treatment can benefit you. Contact us today to book your appointment.