If you have begun to experience the early signs of aging such as sagging skin, dullness, wrinkles around the eyes and a general loss of elasticity, you may be a good candidate for a dermal filler treatment. Dermal filler treatments are an ideal option for individuals who are looking to freshen up their appearances without surgery.
What Are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are cosmetic substances that are injected into trouble areas of the face such as the cheeks, lips and outer eye area. Dermal fillers can also be injected into the forehead to minimize the appearance of horizontal expression lines, also referred to as “worry lines.” While dermal fillers are all designed to treat aging skin, there are several types of fillers to choose from. Understanding the types of fillers that are available and discussing your particular skin care needs with a skin care professional will help to you in making an informed decision when it comes to choosing a treatment.
Hyaluronic Acid Dermal Fillers
Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are one of the most commonly utilized treatments, as they contain a bovine hyaluronic acid and synthetic ingredients – a substance that is naturally present in the human body and essential for joint and skin fluidity. As people age, the body produces less of this substance, which can lead to sagging skin, wrinkles and dull skin tone. Hyaluronic acid filler treatments are ideal for individuals who are looking to plump up their lips and cheeks, as well as those who are looking to minimize the look of wrinkles around the mouth. When hyaluronic acid fillers are injected into the skin, the substance forms spheres inside the skin and plumps up problem areas, allowing for a smooth, youthful appearance.
Collagen Dermal Fillers
Collagen dermal fillers work in the same fashion as hyaluronic acid dermal fillers. Collagen is also a substance that is naturally created by the body and is essential for healthy skin and bones. Similar to hyaluronic acid, the body begins to produce less collagen as it ages, which results in wrinkles and sagging skin. Collagen injections are commonly utilized in the lips, but also work to treat forehead wrinkles and deep skin folds around the nose, also referred to as nasolabial folds.
The injections consist of animal collagen and synthetic ingredients, and work to minimize skin imperfections when injected. It is important for individuals who are planning on utilizing collagen injections to submit to skin allergy testing beforehand, as allergic reactions to bovine collagen may occur.
Synthetic Dermal Fillers
Synthetic dermal fillers are made completely of synthetic materials and do not contain any animal substances. One of the main differences with synthetic fillers is that certain treatments promise permanent results, while hyaluronic acid treatments may only last a few years and collagen treatments may only last a month or two before a repeat procedure is needed. Synthetic fillers work in the same fashion as hyaluronic acid and collagen fillers. The treatments are often utilized for forehead wrinkles and to fill in sunken areas of the cheeks.
Which Treatment to Choose?
When deciding on a dermal filler treatment, it is always best to consult with a skin care professional to ensure the best treatment for your particular skin care needs. Dermal fillers all work in the same way, however, certain fillers provide longer-lasting results and certain individuals may experience allergic reactions to certain ingredients. Contact Dermatology Associates today to schedule a consultation. One of our medical team members will perform a thorough examination and advise you of the best treatment options based on your specific skin care needs.