If you are of a certain age, you are very likely noticing lines and wrinkles beginning to make their unwelcome appearance on your face. While perfectly normal, most of us would like to do something about them. Many people who want to correct these skin changes assume that cosmetic surgery is the only way. They may balk at having a procedure performed because they believe surgery is too risky and requires too much downtime. If this sounds like you, dermal fillers may be perfect for you.
What are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are a great alternative to cosmetic surgery because they offer significant results without the need for incisions, sedation, or lengthy downtimes. In fact, most patients are able to resume virtually all of their daily activities immediately after their treatment.
A treatment with dermal fillers involves the injection of a special solution into your face. The main ingredient will differ, based upon the individual product, but most dermal fillers contain hyaluronic acid.
Hyaluronic Acid and Dermal Fillers
When your face was fuller and had fewer wrinkles, you probably had abundant supplies of hyaluronic acid in your skin. This substance is created by your own body to help rejuvenate your skin. It adds volume to your face and helps prevent the development of fine lines and wrinkles. Its absence means your skin will be more prone to develop wrinkles.
Fortunately, we can help reverse this process by injecting your face with a hyaluronic-acid based dermal filler. The material will take the place of the acid that has been depleted over time. The result is an overall better facial appearance that is smoother and has fewer lines and wrinkles.
Dermal fillers are certainly good at what they do, but you must remember that the results are not permanent. The injected materials will be gradually absorbed and broken down by your body, so you will eventually require touch-up treatments. The good news is the treatments are very convenient and can be safely performed multiple times per year, depending on the filler used.