If you have deeper wrinkles or facial creases, hollowed out areas in the cheeks, or if you want fuller, plumper lips, dermal fillers like Juvederm could be an option. There are many cosmetic facial fillers available today, and your doctor will help you decide which one is the right choice for your needs. Click here to view our gallery.
How do cosmetic facial fillers work?
Dermal fillers are injected under your skin to help fill in areas where creases and wrinkles have begun to form. They're also used to create facial contours and replace volume that you've lost due to genetics or the natural aging process. This can produce instant flattening of facial lines and wrinkles around the mouth, cheeks or eyes.
Some fillers may also stimulate the development of new collagen, a naturally-occurring substance that helps skin look firmer and more resilient. As we age, our bodies produce less collagen, resulting in a hollowed out or sunken appearance. Injectables may also help stimulate the production of natural collagen in and around the facial areas or hands where they're injected.
Who is a candidate for this procedure?
Ideally, you should be in good health and have no serious, pre-existing medical conditions. You also should not be a smoker, or at least should consider stopping smoking a few days prior to treatment, to maximize proper healing. It's also important for you to have realistic expectations of your cosmetic results. Consulting with your doctor is the best way to understand how specific fillers could help you attain the look you're seeking.
What's involved in a treatment using these injectables?
After cleaning the areas to be injected and marking them, a fine needle will be used to inject the filler beneath the skin. Although most people experience very little discomfort - if any - during the procedure, topical anesthesia may be used to enhance the patient's comfort. When treating larger areas that take more time, your dermatologist may also use a local anesthetic to make sure you remain comfortable.
What are the advantages of using fillers?
Often called a "liquid facelift" for its volumizing qualities, this cosmetic procedure is considered to be a good choice for men and women with:
- Deep forehead lines
- Frown lines between your eyebrows
- Marionette lines that extend from the nose to the corners of your mouth
- Hollow areas around the eyes
- Hollowed out cheeks
- Small or thin lips
- An undersized chin
In some patients, fillers can be used to make aging hands look plumper and less veiny. Different fillers can be used in different areas of the face and can achieve different results. To get the best outcome, your doctor will match the type of filler to your unique needs.
Will I need follow-up treatments?
Although they're effective, dermal fillers are not intended as a permanent solution. That means, in order to maintain their positive effect, you'll need to have additional treatments over time. Fillers can last from several months to more than a year. How long a filler's effects last depends on the type of filler and also on how much movement the filled area is subjected to, with areas that have a lot of repeated movements losing volume more quickly. Contact Metropolitan Dermatology at of our four offices in Clark, Kearny, Teaneck or Staten Island to schedule your appointment for a cosmetic consultation.
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