Why Your Face Ages & How Dermal Fillers Can Help

It happens to everyone. One day you look in the mirror and things just aren’t the way they used to be – bummer. Luckily modern technology has blessed us with ways to combat this harsh reality.

The Structure of Your Face Changes as You Age

Young, healthy skin contains several substances in abundance that give your face it’s shape and fullness. These substances deteriorate as you age.

  • Hyaluronic Acid (HA) – hydrates your tissues and acts as a cushioning agent. It’s been described as “the key molecule involved in skin moisture.”
    • As we age, our skin loses the ability to preserve moisture, resulting in the visible loss of firmness, plumpness and increasingly drier skin, which is more susceptible to the formation of lines, wrinkles, and sagging.
    • HA replenishes moisture that’s crucial to having younger-looking, supple skin. It revitalizes your skin’s outer layers so they feel softer and smoother, and look glowingly hydrated.
    • Over 50% of the HA in your body is found in the skin! Making it incredibly important for maintaining the look and feel of youthful skin.
    • As you age, your body produces progressively less HA.
  • Collagen – the major structural protein in all your body’s organs and tissues, specifically your skin. Its main function is to provide integrity, firmness and rigidity to your tissues.
    • Collagen makes up more than 75% of your skin! It’s the primary substance for maintaining that full, firm appearance of young, healthy skin.
    • As you age, collagen degrades more quickly and is replenished more slowly, contributing to wrinkles, sagging, and loss of volume.
  • Elastin – a highly elastic protein in connective tissue that allows tissues in the body to resume, or “snap back” to their original shape after stretching or contracting. It’s kind of like a rubber band.
    • Elastin helps keep skin flexible but tight. It allows your skin to stay smooth as it stretches during various activities like talking, laughing, smiling and eating.
    • Elastin fibers break down as you age.
  • Fat – specifically subcutaneous fat, is a thin layer just below the skin that contributes to facial structure and plumpness, and also protects your face.
    • When you’re young, fat occupies pockets in your mid-face, temples, in front of your ears, around your mouth, chin and along your jawline.
    • As fat diminishes and rearranges itself, it begins to leave the pockets on the upper face and drift downward, clumping around the chin, jaw, and neck, contributing to wrinkles, sagging, and bags under your chin and jawline.

The loss of these substances causes your face to lose its structure and volume; it starts to look slimmer, more angular, and saggy.

You begin developing unwanted folds and wrinkles; your eyes begin to sag; you develop dark circles under your eyes; your jowls begin to droop, and deep nasolabial folds and marionette lines appear. All things we don’t want!

Enter Dermal Fillers.

Dermal fillers can work magic. And while they’re just one component of a successful facial rejuvenation strategy, their importance can’t be overstated.

Dermal Fillers Reverse the Signs of Aging

There are different types of filler, synthetic and natural – we only use the latter, for a few reasons.

To start, natural fillers contain no human or animal DNA and have the best safety profile of all fillers currently on the market.

More importantly, natural fillers are made of hyaluronic acid, that organic substance in your skin responsible for hydration – this means that HA fillers are completely biocompatible with your skin.

Lastly, HA fillers are less permanent – so in the rare case that something doesn’t turn out right it’s not forever. Better yet, they can be completely dissolved with an enzyme called hyaluronidase.

Now that you’re convinced of the safety of dermal fillers, here’s how they work.

Specifically, dermal fillers reverse the appearance of aging by . . .

  • Hydrating your skin, which will plump, smooth, and nourish your face
  • Stimulating new collagen production to restore firmness to your face and skin
  • Adding volume to your face, lifting it and reversing sagging
  • Tightening your skin, giving you younger looking skin
  • Smoothing away fine lines and wrinkles
  • Generally restoring a more youthful appearance

The Ideal Candidate for Dermal Filler

Filler is a great option for women and men who want to restore or maintain a youthful appearance. It’s also excellent if you’re looking to avoid surgery; with filler you get immediate results with absolutely zero downtime.

Fillers can be injected to target specific improvements . . .

  • Improve lip volume and shape
  • Reduce lines around the lips
  • Lift and restore fullness and shape to the cheeks
  • Enhancing facial contours and features
  • Eliminate bags and dark circles under the eyes
  • Reduce crow's feet (lines extending from the corners of the eyes)
  • Restore a youthful appearance to the backs of hands
  • Fill in recessed scars
  • Reduce nasolabial folds (smile lines)
  • And fill in marionette lines (mouth corners)

Oh, and did we mention there’s no downtime?

How to Choose the Right Filler for You

If you want to select the right filler, just think through a few simple questions.

  • Do you want synthetic or natural (HA) filler? Permanent or semi-permanent?
  • What improvement are you seeking? Bigger lips? Reduced wrinkles? Lifted cheeks? etc.
  • Once you know these, find a doctor that specializes in non-surgical aesthetics – specifically filler.
  • Then sit down with your doctor for a consultation and explain what you want, using your answers from the questions above.
  • Different fillers are better for different things, so ask the doctor what he recommends. A good doctor will consider your objectives and recommend the best filler to reach your goals.
  • Then trust your doc!
  • The only other consideration would be budget, but this is also something to discuss during your consultation.

Dermal fillers typically last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years, depending on which one you choose. Combine this with its tissue friendly nature, natural looking results, and zero downtime and you have an excellent, some may even say superior, alternative to traditional surgical lip enhancements.

Interested in learning more about filler? Schedule a consultation!

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