The aging process can have a gradual, yet noticeable impact on your appearance. While fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth and eyes can be instantly released with purified, injectable proteins, many aging adults are far less responsive to these treatments. Collagen production declines and the natural elasticity of the skin is reduced. Dermal filler technologies are helping people regain their youthful appearances with limited risks and almost no recovery time.
What Dermal Fillers are and How They Work
Most top-rated dermal fillers on the market are largely comprised of hyaluronic acid. This is an all-natural acid that’s present in the human body. When injected into facial areas showing significant volume loss, this acid binds to the skin cells to create fuller, firmer skin. Over time, the body gradually recognizes and absorbs the hyaluronic acid. Due to this fact, dermal fillers are usually considered a temporary treatment for facial volume loss.
Determining Whether Dermal Fillers are the Right Cosmetic Solution For You
The normal aging process causes both dynamic and static wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles are wrinkles that are caused by excess tension in the expressive muscles. These wrinkles can be smoothed away with injectable proteins that temporarily block the nerve signals to the expressive muscles. These wrinkles develop in the areas that experience the greatest amount of movement when facial expressions are made.
Static wrinkles are caused by declining collagen production and a gradual breakdown in the skin’s structure. Static wrinkling typically occurs at the naso-labial folds. If you currently have smile lines or signs of severe wrinkling in other areas, dermal filler technologies could serve as an effective alternative to more costly and more invasive cosmetic treatments.
What to Expect During a Dermal Filler Procedure
Despite their impressive level of efficacy, dermal filler injections can usually be completed in under 20 minutes. If the dermal filler your provider uses does not have a built-in anesthesia, a numbing cream or an ice pack can be applied to the face in advance of your injections. A very small, thin needle is used to deliver filler materials beneath the surface of the skin, discomfort is minimal. After making a short series of injections across all areas of concern, your provider will lightly massage your face to ensure that the filler material has been evenly distributed.
Once complete, you can immediately return to your regular activities. Light redness, swelling and bruising may occur, but these are developments that will quickly abate on their own. Dermal filler treatments typically last between six months and one full year and can be safely repeated as necessary. While you may notice remarkable improvements across the visage after your injections, expect to see additional changes as the filler binds with your skin cells for increased structural support and greater facial volume.
For More Information
For more information, contact our office today at Om Medispa in Elgin. We will be happy to discuss your options and reduce those fine lines and wrinkles to give you a more youthful appearance.