An important tool in the fight against aging, injectable fillers can quickly and effectively remove years from one’s appearance. When injected below the skin, they are able to soften and reduce the visibility of fine lines and deep-set wrinkles as well as add volume to areas of the face to create a youthful-looking fullness and glow. It is no wonder why they have become one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed nationwide, especially among Baby Boomers and members of Generation X who appreciate the highly customizable results that can be achieved with treatments. Learn why patients at ZO Skin Centre in Dallas, TX, are seeking out injectable fillers to help them turn back the hands of time.
What are injectable fillers?
Also known as dermal fillers, some injectable fillers are made of hyaluronic acid, a substance with a gel-like consistency that occurs naturally in the body. Sometimes referred to as “nature’s moisturizer,” it is responsible for keeping the joints lubricated and the skin smooth and soft. Other fillers are made of polylactic acid, a synthetic, biodegradable material that for decades has been used for other skin-related applications. Dermal fillers are better known by their brand names, including Juvederm, Voluma, Restylane, and Sculptra, which are among those offered at ZO Skin Centre in Dallas, TX.
The body produces less hyaluronic acid as we age. This decreases the skin’s ability to retain moisture. Collagen and elastin levels also drop, causing the skin to feel drier as lines and wrinkles form, particularly around the eyes and mouth as well as on the forehead. Other areas, including the cheeks, can begin to appear sunken into the face as the skin sags toward the jawline. Dermal fillers can be injected into these and other areas to smooth wrinkles and increase volume where it is needed to create a fuller, revitalized appearance.
Popular spots for fillers
Lauded for their versatility, injectable dermal fillers have the ability to improve and enhance several areas of the face. For example, thin lips can be made to look significantly plumper with injections, and the fine lines that form on and around them may be smoothed. The same goes for the cheeks, which can be greatly impacted as we age and the skin sags. Roundness may be restored to lend a fuller, more youthful appearance. Crow’s feet at the corners of the eyes, which usually are most apparent while smiling, can be lessened. Below the eyes, wrinkles and shadows may be diminished. Deep furrows on the forehead, as well as frown or “11 lines” that form between the eyebrows, can be improved with injectable fillers. Some facial scars, such as those produced by acne, and shallow spots that may also benefit from the additional volume that injectable fillers can provide.
Dermal fillers, especially those that contain polylactic acid such as Sculptra, are noted for the impressive results that they can produce, especially on the lower half of the face. The appearance of the nasal labial folds (also known as laugh or smile lines) that run from the nose to the corners of the mouth, as well as the marionette lines that stretch from the mouth toward the chin, can be made less prominent.
Fast, long-lasting results
In most cases, patients in Dallas, TX, can expect to see rapid improvements and enhancements in the appearance of their skin, especially when fillers that contain hyaluronic acid such as Juvederm, Restylane and Voluma are used. The lips and cheeks will be visibly plumper and wrinkles will look much smoother or may even disappear. The results with fillers that feature polylactic acid, such as Sculptra, may take longer to experience since it works gradually by stimulating the body to produce collagen. Therefore, it can take a bit longer before the desired changes in the skin and overall appearance are noticeable.
Depending on the number of areas that are treated, as well as the variety of filler that is used, most patients at ZO Skin Centre should be able to enjoy younger-looking, more vibrant skin for anywhere from 6-18 months following their injections. To maintain these stunning results, they are advised to schedule a touch-up appointment and receive additional dermal-filler injections about four months after their initial treatment.
No downtime required
Since no surgery is involved, the recovery time associated with injectable fillers of all types is virtually nonexistent. Many patients in Dallas, TX, are able to visit ZO Skin Centre during their lunch break, where minimally invasive injections are completed within about 15 minutes and continue on with their daily activities. Any redness, bruising or swelling experienced at the injection sites should be minor and resolve itself quickly.
It is possible to further enhance the excellent results of injectable dermal fillers by combining them with BOTOX injections. The latter also is effective at smoothing lines and wrinkles, but only those caused by years of repetitive facial movements and expressions. It is injected into the facial muscles to temporarily relax them, which makes performing those wrinkle-causing actions more challenging. At ZO Skin Centre, Dermal fillers and BOTOX can be paired in a procedure known as a liquid facelift, a noninvasive alternative to traditional surgical facelifts, during which several cosmetic issues can be addressed during one time-saving treatment session.
Why opt for injectable fillers?
Maybe you’ve always wanted pouty, sexy lips or more contoured cheekbones. Injectable fillers can help you achieve and enjoy those features. For patients in their 20s and 30s, fillers can serve as a preventative measure to help improve or eliminate the appearance of wrinkles before they deepen and become more stubborn later in life. During your 40s and 50s, the restorative effects of injectable fillers can help you put on a literal “fresh face” so that you may feel more confident about your appearance as you head out into the competitive job market or make a return to the dating scene.
Who doesn’t want to age beautifully? With injectable fillers, it is possible to look just as young as you feel! Contact ZO Skin Centre in Dallas, TX, today and schedule an appointment to discover how fillers can help you put your best face forward.