We see so many plump lips and high cheekbones on social media and television these days that it’s easy to think all who have them were born that way. In many cases, especially among younger people, this may be true. However, most of us lose a fair amount of the volume that keeps the cheeks rounded, lips voluminous, and the skin smooth as we age. When we do, we may consider turning to dermal fillers to restore a bit of our youthful vibe. If you’ve become curious about dermal fillers, there are a few things you should know before you go.
- The dermal fillers that are among the most popular are made of hyaluronic acid. This is a much different substance than the mild toxin that makes Botox and other neuromodulators. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally-occurring substance; your body makes it on its own. The way that this acid works is by tethering water molecules to a particular area of tissue, such as the lips.
- One treatment can plump and smooth the skin for several months. Injecting hyaluronic acid into the dermis is the only way to restore lost volume. Applying the acid topically does not. After a single treatment, the skin can look better for up to 2 years, depending on the density of the filler used. Areas such as the lips need a softer, less dense filler, which means results will fade more quickly but will look and feel more natural.
- Techniques have improved. Some people hesitate to receive dermal fillers because they worry they will look “done.” The objective of filler treatment is to subtly improve the contours of the face where age has degraded them. For example, products like Restylane Lyft are often injected into the dermis along the cheekbone to add a gentle curve. As a result of the increased curvature, the lines around the nose and mouth may improve. In some cases, jowls also become less prominent.
- Fillers can be used for prevention. The idea that dermal fillers are used only to correct the signs of aging is inaccurate. More expert injectors are treating younger patients who want to support their skin’s need for hyaluronic acid before lines and creases become severe. One of the most common non-corrective uses of dermal fillers is to enhance lip shape and contouring.
- If you don’t like the look of a hyaluronic acid filler, you don’t have to live with it! A benefit of hyaluronic acid fillers is that the results of treatment can look and feel very natural when administered by a trained, experienced professional. Still, some people may not love the look of their filler. In that instance, hyaluronic acid can be dissolved with injections of a special enzyme.