Are you self-conscious about your appearance or unhappy at noticing fine lines and wrinkles on your face? Facial plastic surgery is certainly one option for those pesky lines and wrinkles, but there are other solutions. Dermal fillers are minimally invasive treatments designed to reduce the signs of aging to help your face look young and healthy again. These anti-aging procedures have become increasingly popular in recent years, and are more commonly known as “injectables.”
What causes your skin to age?
Besides genetics and sun exposure, one of the significant causes of skin aging is the gradual loss of subcutaneous fat under the surface of the facial skin. As we age, facial muscles become closer to the skin’s surface, which makes wrinkles more evident over time.
Facial aging is also caused by the gradual loss of the skin’s volume. As you grow older, your body produces less of the substances that promote skin thickness. As you lose those substances, your skin tends to become thinner and prone to lines and wrinkles.
Are there different types of dermal fillers?
Yes. A dermal filler consists of an injectable gel that contains various substances that promote increased skin thickness to help smooth away fine lines and wrinkles. The ingredients in the gel vary depending on the desired result you want to accomplish, and what part of the face you wish to treat. Some common dermal filler ingredients include collagen, hyaluronic acid, and fat transfer. Dr. Daniel Daube also considers your unique facial structure and your overall skin condition before he recommends a particular dermal filler.
Collagen Dermal Filler:
Collagen is a naturally occurring substance produced by the body. Unfortunately, getting older eventually leads to a gradual loss of collagen production. Since the role of collagen in your skin is to provide a structure, or framework, for healthy cells to build around, its depletion leads to skin that is thinner and more vulnerable to the development of lines and wrinkles. Injecting a dermal collagen filler can help reverse this damaging process, and you should see a rapid improvement in the thickness of your facial skin. You will also notice a minimization of lines, wrinkles, and sunken areas of the treatment sites.
Hyaluronic Acid Dermal Filler:
Like collagen, hyaluronic acid is a naturally produced substance in your body that declines with age. Hyaluronic acid has a strong affinity for moisture. In fact, it possesses the unique ability to actually attract many times its own weight in water molecules, which has both a plumping and moisturizing effect on your skin. So, an injection with a hyaluronic acid dermal filler will cause your skin to “drink in” all that good moisture and fill in lines and wrinkles, leaving your skin looking more moist, radiant, and youthful.
What are the benefits of Dermal Fillers?
Since treatment with a dermal filler never requires any incisions, you should be able to return to your daily activities immediately following your procedure. Injections also have the added benefit of offering immediate results that appear quite soft and natural. Because these fillers typically utilize natural substances, they also have an extremely low incidence of side effects like allergic reactions.
To find out if dermal fillers are right for you, call our Cosmetic Coordinator, Kim, to schedule a consult: (850) 784-7722, Ext. 130. Together, the experts at Gulf Coast Facial Plastics can form a treatment plan to help your face become the best it can be … wrinkle-free!