When many plastic surgery patients think of dermal fillers, they think of lip treatments, but there are so many other ways dermal fillers can help you get back your youthful glow. From filling out lines and wrinkles to improving the appearance of scars, dermal fillers have quite a few surprising uses. But first, a quick lesson on the compounds we call dermal fillers and how they can give you long-term results:
In the most reputable plastic surgery offices, dermal fillers used consist of hyaluronic acid or calcium hydroxyapatite. A plastic surgeon can inject dermal fillers into places in your face where time has reduced the fat deposits under your skin, or your skin has begun to stretch, resulting in wrinkles and loss of depth. For six months to a year, these fillers help plump and firm your problem areas, until your circulatory system removes them naturally. Now that you are up to speed on how dermal fillers work let us talk about the variety of ways they can be used to keep you looking and feeling your best.
Decrease The Darkness Under Your Eyes
If you are suffering from a dark, somewhat bruised look under your eyes, you may be experiencing a change in the fat around that area. When the fat becomes more convex, bags form under the eyes, resulting in shadows that may make you appear tired or sick. More rarely, the fat may be becoming more concave, resulting in a dark area that runs from the inner corner of the eye in a semicircular shape. Dermal fillers can smooth out those shadows, making you appear fresh and glowing.
Correct Static Wrinkles
Static wrinkles are the result of gravity and fat loss and often show up on the lower portion of the face. These are some of the common culprits:
- The Tear Trough: These lines develop between the inner corner of the eye along the nose.
- Nasolabial Folds: These are the deeper lines that run from the edges of the nose to the corners of the mouths on both sides.
- Marionette Lines: The foil of the nasolabial lines, the marionette lines run from the corners of the mouth to the chin.
Dermal fillers can correct these lines and wrinkles by replacing the lost fat and filling out the elasticity of the skin lost to gravity. You can learn more about how dermal fillers help with static wrinkles on this website.
Improving the Look of Certain Scars
Many scars, particularly on the face, are what is known as “recessed scars”. These scars create an uneven, concave appearance in the skin. While dermal fillers cannot remove these scars, they can tighten the skin and reduce their overall appearance. Your plastic surgeon can determine if dermal fillers could help with the appearance of your scars, based on size and location.
Reconstruct Deformities in the Contours of Your Face
Whether congenital or resulting from an injury, any disturbance in the contours of your facial skin makes you an excellent candidate for dermal fillers. A skilled plastic surgeon can use dermal fillers to sculpt around the deformity and improve the appearance. This is another case where a consultation with a plastic surgeon can determine what level of care is needed for your condition.
Enhance the Look of Thin or Lined Lips
A traditional use of dermal fillers, plumping and smoothing lips with fillers is popular, because it works so well. The lips are one of the places age shows first in the form of fat loss and dermal fillers are excellent at recreating that missing volume. A skilled plastic surgeon can use carefully chosen dermal fillers to artfully and naturally restore your lips to the condition you would like them to have.
If you are considering making the leap into dermal fillers, there are a couple of things to be aware of: First, dermal fillers are no replacement for a surgical lift procedure. They cannot be expected to create the drastic results of these surgeries. Let your plastic surgeon guide you to the procedure that is best for you. Second, be careful about what dermal fillers you use in your body. Historically, silicones and biopolymers were used to create permanent change, but many patients suffered some severe side effects from these fillers. The offices of many responsible plastic surgeons use more temporary, but extremely safe fillers derived from natural sugars and other materials that work more gently with your body.
In the end, the best source for information on your unique case is your plastic surgeon. He or she can evaluate your situation and let you know if dermal fillers, lift surgeries, or other procedures would best meet your needs. Rest assured that your plastic surgeon has the tools you need to help you feel your best in the least invasive manner possible. On top of that, your surgeon can help dispel any misconceptions you may have about these procedures, and help you go forward in an informed manner. If you are looking for a reputable plastic surgeon in the Miami, FL area, visit the offices of Dr. Andres Bustillo. You can visit his website at: www.drbustillo.com.