A growing number of people unhappy with the appearance of their skin due to wrinkles, folds, scars, discoloration and lost facial volume are seeking cosmetic methods that are non-surgical but still effective. One such procedure that is growing in popularity is dermal fillers. These are minimally-invasive, safe, effective and typically less expensive than many conventional surgical procedures.
Before looking at dermal fillers, it is beneficial to learn why skin ages in the first place to better understand how dermal fillers can help enhance the appearance of damaged and aging skin and increase facial volume.
As you grow older, you can expect duller, thinner, less vibrant skin, but you can have some say in how fast this change happens, or even turn back the clock a few years. When you reach your forties, your skin grows thinner, revealing capillaries beneath the skin surface. You can also expect visible capillaries to increase due to many years of sun exposure.
Signs of photo aging like age spots, wrinkles and uneven pigmentation can also make their presence felt, particularly if you were not careful about applying sunscreen in your younger days. In your forties, your skin will also tend to produce less oil, which causes dryness. In addition, slower cell turnover will dull the appearance of the skin.
The fifties usually reveal deeper facial lines and wrinkles because of losing subcutaneous moisture and fat. Your skin should grow more lax, which is particularly noticeable around the eyes and jawline. Lost facial volume is a major sign of aging at this stage of life.
Hyaluronic Acid Depletion
One key factor in losing facial volume is the gradual depletion of a natural substance called hyaluronic acid. This substance helps to hydrate and plump your skin, but your body produces less of it as you age, leading to skin that loses hydration and volume.
Hyaluronic acid depletion can be addressed safely and effectively using dermal fillers that contain the substance. Once proper levels are restored, the skin will regain much of its lost volume and smoothness. Fine lines and wrinkles, sagging skin and dry skin can be a thing of the past.
The results of treatment with dermal fillers are sometimes dramatic and immediate. Once the hyaluronic acid reaches into the skin, it can attract and hold water to plump the skin, smoothing away wrinkles and hydrating dry skin. Hydrated skin ages more slowly and is more resistant to damage from the environment.
How Long Will My Results Last?
The answer depends upon the particular product you are treated with, but the results of dermal filler treatments are not permanent. You will need to have follow-up treatments in order to maintain your results, since your body will gradually absorb the injected hyaluronic acid.
Would I Make a Good Candidate for Dermal Fillers?
If you have been noticing wrinkles and/or a loss of facial volume recently due to the aging process, you may make a good candidate for treatment with dermal fillers. Schedule a consultation at the office of Dr. Gregory E. Rauscher, MD to learn more about how this treatment can benefit you. Our office is located in Hackensack, NJ. Contact us today to book your appointment.