7 Questions About Injectable Fillers Answered
Are you tired of looking in the mirror and seeing fine lines and deep-set wrinkles? Have you noticed that some areas of your face, such as your lips and cheeks, are lacking the same fullness they once had? Do you wish you could turn back the hands of time? Injectable dermal fillers may be able to assist.
One of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the nation, men and women in Dallas are opting for dermal fillers which are extremely versatile and can help battle some signs of aging, especially the bothersome crow’s feet around the eyes and frown lines that form between the eyebrows. Also, thin lips and sunken cheeks can be made to look plumper. If you have questions about injectable fillers, the pros at ZO Skin Centre in Dallas, TX can offer the answers.
1. What are injectable fillers?
As their name suggests, the products are injected below the skin to fill in areas of the skin where additional volume is desired, as well as smooth wrinkles. Also known as dermal fillers, most are composed of hyaluronic acid while others are made of a synthetic biodegradable substance called polylactic acid. Fillers are best known by their brand names including Juvéderm, Voluma, Restylane, and Sculptra. Some fillers also work to promote collagen growth at the injection site, which can equate to the need for less product in the future to achieve the same noticeably improved results.
2. What is hyaluronic acid?
A gel-like substance that occurs naturally in the body, hyaluronic acid (HA) is responsible for keeping the skin smooth, soft and supple. As we age, the rate at which the body produces hyaluronic acid decreases, impacting the skin’s ability to retain moisture. Similarly, levels of collagen and elastic also drop. This results in the skin feeling drier just as lines and wrinkles begin to make their appearance, especially on the forehead as well as around the eyes and mouth. As the skin starts to sag toward the jawline, the cheeks may look sunken into the face. With injectable fillers administered by the professionals at ZO Skin Centre in Dallas, TX, wrinkles in these and other areas may be smoothed, and volume may be added to restore a youthful and fuller appearance.
3. How are injectable fillers used?
Dallas patients who have moderate or deep wrinkles may wish to consider injectable fillers. They can seriously plump the lips as well as smooth the fine lines that form around them. Beneath the eyes, the areas where dark circles develop also can be improved, along with crow’s feet around the corners of the eyes that are visible while smiling. ZO Skin Centre in Dallas offers dermal fillers which are also able to improve the appearance of some facial scars, especially those resulting from acne, and other shallow areas.
On the lower half of the face, injectable fillers such as Sculptra that are composed of polylactic acid may be especially helpful for filling in the grooves that form between the nose and the mouth (known as nasal labial folds, laugh lines, and smile lines) as well as those that run from the corners of the mouth down to the chin that are more commonly called marionette lines.
As your procedure begins, skin in the areas targeted for treatment will be numbed with a topical medication. Areas that are especially sensitive, such as the lips, may be injected with numbing medication. Many fillers also contain numbing medications that work to relieve pain associated with the injections.
4. How are dermal fillers different than BOTOX?
BOTOX and similar products, including Dysport, are not fillers. Rather, these are purified strains of botulinum toxin, a protein that occurs naturally. BOTOX is used to treat dynamic wrinkles that form after years of repetitive movements such as squinting and smiling. It blocks nerve signals to the muscles and temporarily paralyzes them. Unable to contract and tighten as forcefully as before, the wrinkles are forced to relax and soften, and it becomes difficult to perform wrinkle-inducing movements. Unlike injectable fillers, BOTOX does not add volume to areas where it is lacking and its results usually last only for a few months.
5. How much downtime will be needed?
Unlike invasive cosmetic procedures such as a facelift, most patients who receive dermal filler injections in Dallas require little or no downtime following their treatment. It is not unusual to experience some mild discomfort and swelling at the injection sites, however, this should be temporary and usually resolves itself within a couple of hours of your procedure. Any residual bruising that occurs typically subsides within a week and may be covered by makeup.
6. What type of results are expected?
The natural-looking results that can be achieved with injectable fillers usually are long-lasting and may be noticeable as soon as your appointment at ZO Skin Centre is completed. Depending on the area that is treated and the amount of product that is deposited beneath the skin, it is possible for Dallas patients to enjoy visibly smoother skin and facial fullness for 6-18 months or longer. To help maintain these excellent results, a touch-up treatment may be advised about four months after patients receive their initial injections.
7. Can injectable fillers be combined with other treatments?
Yes. In fact, one of the most popular cosmetic treatments available at ZO Skin Centre is what is known as a liquid facelift. Although the ability of dermal fillers to plump the lips, fill in the cheeks and smooth the skin is outstanding on its own, when paired with the wrinkle-reducing efforts of BOTOX, the results can be truly remarkable. A liquid facelift can shave years from the appearance of patients who would rather avoid or are not considered a good candidate for a traditional facelift or other cosmetic surgery procedures.
If you’re ready to banish the fine lines and wrinkles that have developed with age, as well as restore youthful-looking volume to your face, you may wish to consider injectable dermal fillers. Located in Dallas, the professional staff at ZO Skin Centre is ready to help you see why fillers are a powerful tool in the battle against the effects of aging. Call our office today to schedule your appointment.