Dermal fillers restore youthful fullness by replacing or replenishing those lost ingredients. They plump up the area around the injection site to add volume and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and furrows. Different fillers accomplish this in different ways.
Many are made with hyaluronic acid (same as the substance found in your skin) and these are relatively smooth gel fillers that work well in the lips, around the eyes, and in the tear troughs. Some of the brand names for these hyaluronic acid fillers are Juvederm and Restylane.
For areas with deeper wrinkles or that need more volume added to restore the natural contours, fillers made with calcium hydroxylapatite may be a better option. This compound is found in human bones and fills the deepest creases such as nasolabial folds (smile lines or laugh lines) or used to plump up the cheeks or chin. Radiesse is the most familiar brand name for this type of dermal filler. This calcium based gel is injected deeper into the skin to provide more lift and help return the face to its younger form. The key to using fillers is to inject enough to fill in the lines or to restore the contour of the facial features, but not overdo the filler to produce a fake or unnatural look.
According to Dr. Dominic Castellano, a board certified, facial plastic surgeon in Tampa, Florida, there is an art to injecting dermal filler and it is important to have an expert understanding of how facial muscles and tissue work in order to create exactly the right look. There are too many unskilled practitioners in the Florida market that give the cosmetic industry a bad name by improperly using fillers and Botox, leaving some patients with an abnormal look until the product wears off.
Fillers are amazing in the way that they restore youthfulness to your face and the results appear in only a matter of days. These injectables have been called “liquid facelifts” because they offer many of the benefits of a surgical facelift without the downtime. While they are not permanent solutions, fillers will last on average 6 months to a year and a half depending on the type of filler used. Patients that receive treatment are usually extremely pleased with the results obtained with dermal fillers. They are gratified by the immediate reduction of wrinkles and refreshed appearance following the quick procedure.
If you are starting to show your age or have any facial issues that you’d like improved, schedule a complimentary consultation at Elite Facial Plastic Surgery to learn more about the benefits, risks, and costs of dermal filler injections. Our highly qualified staff members are experts in the field of facial cosmetic improvement and all work is done at our fully accredited medical facility in Tampa. We look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve the natural, youthful look you desire.