Historically, adults have sought professional care once they began to feel the frustration of cosmetic aging. Perhaps the reason this was common was that there were few steps that could be taken before lines, wrinkles, and sagging occurred. Facial aging was correctable with surgery. That was about all one could do. That was then. For the past few decades, nonsurgical treatments like dermal fillers have accounted for the vast majority of professional beauty treatments. If you’re thinking of getting dermal fillers, there are a few things you should know.
Who Benefits from Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers were originally created to “fill” lines and creases. Still today, these products are routinely administered for nasolabial folds around the nose and mouth. They smooth marionette lines from the corners of the mouth to the chin, too, but there is more. Dermal fillers aren’t just for wrinkles, which means they can benefit adults of all ages. Additional uses for filler products include undereye rejuvenation, cheek augmentation, lip enhancement, and jawline and chin refinement.
What Is Hyaluronic Acid?
Patients do not always ask about the ingredients in dermal fillers, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t curious. Many popular dermal fillers contain hyaluronic acid. This chemical is beneficial for a few reasons. One, it is naturally-occurring, so unlikely to cause a reaction with proper administration. Two, it is immediately effective. Hyaluronic acid binds to water molecules. A lot of them! One particle of hyaluronic acid can draw in one thousand times its weight in water. It is the securing of water molecules that plumps the skin.
What Can I Expect from Treatment?
Getting dermal fillers is simple and can be very cost-effective. The appointment typically lasts less than an hour, including the brief consultation that occurs before we administer injections. After sitting and talking with an experienced provider, patients can choose whether or not dermal fillers are right for them and, if they are, have their treatment performed immediately. It usually takes no more than 10 to 15 minutes to administer dermal fillers carefully into the area or areas of concern. Patients tolerate treatment well because we use a small needle. Dermal fillers may also have a mild anesthetic to maximize comfort.