Aging is a natural part of life, and our skin changes as we age. Some of the most visible signs of aging are lines or folds on the face and loss of volume that makes the face look less smooth and youthful as it once did. Fillers are a great way to combat these unwanted changes whether by maintaining your natural look or by enhancing your features.
What are fillers?
Dermal fillers are non-invasive treatments to smooth the appearance of skin folds, restore volume and enhance facial features. Fillers have been used in the United States since the 1970s and have gained popularity over the past decade. Over the years, the number of filler products available has proliferated and the demand has increased with over 2 million procedures performed in the U.S. in 2016. The immediate results and the minimal downtime make fillers especially appealing. As a result, fillers have become one of the most widely used cosmetic procedures in the U.S and worldwide. Fillers are popular among men and women, young and old, and in those of all skin colors and types.
How do fillers work?
Injectable fillers resemble materials that are naturally present by our body. The most commonly used fillers are composed of hyaluronic acid (HA) which is a type of sugar that is found in skin and cartilage. HA has the ability to bind water and provides the skin with hydration, volume and elasticity. As the skin ages, it produces collagen and hyaluronic acid. As a result, wrinkles, folds, and volume loss may become more prominent. Hylauronic acid based fillers can be used to combat these concerns by restoring lost volume and softening existing wrinkles and folds in the skin. In addition to providing immediate volume, fillers can stimulate increased production of collagen in the skin.
What can fillers be used to treat?
Several types of fillers are available and each has its own unique properties and indications. Here are some of the areas where fillers can be beneficial:
- Nasolabial folds
- Marionette lines
- Volumize and lift cheeks
- Improve facial contour
- Enhance the size, shape or definition of the lips
- Soften vertical lip lines
- Soften tear troughs
How long do the results last?
Although treatment with fillers can be very effective, it is not permanent. Each product has a different duration of effectiveness. The results typically last between six months