When administered by a trained medical professional, today’s injectable dermal fillers can yield impressive results. Because dermal fillers can temporarily keep the aging process at bay in individuals with subtle signs, they’re often used to postpone the need for more drastic rejuvenation, such as facelift surgery. But plastic surgery patients can still enjoy the targeted results of dermal fillers even after surgery with the combined approach used by thousands of practitioners around the country.
On Their Own
Injectable fillers including Restylane®, RADIESSE®, and JUVÉDERM® are popular at dermatology and plastic surgery practices around the world. Many patients appreciate the peace of mind they get from having these products administered under the supervision of a physician. On their own, dermal fillers are used to fill in deep lines and wrinkles, plumping them from beneath the skin and reducing their appearance. Other fillers, such as JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC, are used to add volume to parts of the face that sink or fall over time, including the cheeks. Although their results are not permanent, they can last for several months, and patients can return for touch-ups as soon as they notice issues reappearing.
Many doctors and aestheticians throughout the country offer a procedure called a liquid facelift.” This non-surgical option relies on strategic application of injectable dermal fillers and sometimes Botulinum Toxin (known as Botox or Dysport) Cosmetic for an allover improvement. The results of a liquid facelift are not usually as significant as that of a surgical facelift, but they can remarkably improve the look of lines and lost volume.
With Another Treatment
The popularity of injectable fillers is also making them a common addition to medical spa procedures and facial cosmetic surgeries. For many patients bothered by significant scarring from acne or past trauma, for example, adding a dermal filler injection to a fractional laser treatment (spaced a few weeks apart) can yield deep improvement throughout the affected layers of the skin.
Dermal fillers are often administered as part of or as a later supplement to surgery. Patients who are bothered by more severe symptoms of aging, such as significant brow drooping, bags or fat deposits under the eyes, and jowls may not always see the results they want from a facelift, brow lift, or eyelid surgery alone. Injectable fillers can give results an extra boost and put the finishing touches on a surgical procedure. Keep in mind, though, that the results of fillers don’t last as long as the results of surgery. If you wish to maintain the results of a combined approach, you’ll need to return to your doctor for occasional touch-ups.
The affordability, convenience, and measurable results of injectable fillers have contributed to their meteoric rise in popularity throughout the years. As the science behind them continues to advance, it’s likely that physicians and aesthetic professionals alike will find new and fascinating ways to incorporate them into their practices. There’s never been a better time to consider one of these options for yourself! A consultation with a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon is a great place to start. Here’s a link to our directory of plastic surgeons.