When your wrinkle cream fails you, what’s your backup plan? For many men and women who have been frustrated with the results of the aging process, and the products that are supposed to slow it down, there is an alternative that truly works. Dermal fillers have been getting a lot of attention lately as a practical way to prolong your youthful good looks and stop buying all of those expensive over-the-counter products. If you’re not familiar with what dermal fillers can do for you, it’s time you learned about their many impressive benefits as a way to delay aging and fight both wrinkles and lost volume.
Say Goodbye to Recovery Time
Most facial rejuvenation procedures require downtime of varying lengths, sometimes over a month. While those procedures have their own benefits, many patients choose the nonsurgical alternative of dermal fillers to get their results without a long recovery time. Dermal filler treatments are typically under 30 minutes, involving a topical numbing agent and a few injections wherever needed. While you may experience a small amount of redness, bruising, or tightness near these injections, these side effects will clear up on their own within a couple of days. In the meantime, you won’t even be asked to take a power nap before you get on with your day!
Say Hello to Instant Results
Another perk to the dermal filler injections is their immediate effect. These products are designed to plump up the deflated areas beneath wrinkles and diminish the appearance of lines and creases. They can also be used to add volume to your cheeks, forehead, and even your lips, wherever it may be needed to reverse any signs of age on your face. The treatment itself is quick and simple, leaving you with results you’ll start to notice before you even leave the room. The full effects of your dermal filler treatment will emerge throughout the next couple of days and you should see the final result once all the swelling has gone down.
This quick result, combined with the no-downtime feature of dermal fillers, makes this procedure a great choice for those who need a fast turnaround for a special event. They are also great for men and women who have busy lifestyles and cannot commit to long waiting times for their results to appear and their bodies to heal.
Enjoy a Low-Risk Treatment
There’s no such thing as a procedure, surgery, or treatment that does not carry even the slightest risk for complications. The key to minimizing these risks is to choose a surgeon wisely and match the right procedure to your unique needs. With dermal fillers, this is something you can do together with your facial plastic surgeon in order to achieve the right results and a low risk of troublesome effects.
All dermal fillers are made from bio compatible materials that carry a very low chance of allergic reaction or other complication. Even so, you should always be open with your facial plastic surgeon about your specific health concerns, especially any allergies you may have. There are dermal fillers out there that can work with your unique needs, so long as you are honest about your medical history.
Aside from allergic reactions, which are extremely minimal, dermal fillers are not associated with any major risk factors. Some patients may experience numbness or tingling, prolonged bruising or redness, or unsatisfactory results. Finally, some patients are at risk for short-lived results; while all dermal filler results are temporary, for some patients they do not last as long as for others. This can occur and should be discussed with your plastic surgeon. Aside from these, the treatment itself is FDA approved and deemed safe for patients in a wide range of ages.
A Youthful Boost from Dermal Fillers
As mentioned already, dermal fillers offer a multi-faceted approach to help patients achieve a more youthful look. Although most of today’s top dermal fillers were created to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, they can also be used in other ways to fight the aging process. One other common effect of aging is a loss of facial volume. As gravity takes its toll, the fat pads that rest beneath the upper part of the face will often slide downward and collect near the jawline and chin. Filling the wrinkles is great, but if the face looks gaunt and tired, you won’t look very youthful and refreshed.
When dermal fillers are used to restore this lost volume, the effect can be dramatic. Plumper cheeks or lips can round out a face nicely. Added volume to the forehead can subtly reduce the appearance of deep worry lines and balance the entire face. When you consult with your facial plastic surgeon about your approach, it’s important that you consider all of the factors that are contributing to your tired, aged look and discuss the best way to treat them. Dermal fillers offer a comprehensive method for doing just that.
Philip S. Schoenfeld, MD FACS is the founder and Medical Director of RENU in Chevy Chase, Maryland and Washington DC metropolitan area. Dr. Schoenfeld is board-certified in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.