Getting older is something we all think about. What will be like 10 or 20 years from now? Will we have trouble with certain tasks due to joint pain? Will we move around slower? What will we look like? Nobody really knows the answers to these questions, but we all think about it. Maybe the biggest and most upsetting changes may be the aesthetic ones. Once our skin starts to show its age and we look different, that’s when aging really hits us.
That’s where dermal fillers and injectables come in. They can help fight the signs of aging and make someone look younger and their skin more vibrant. You’ll find that the best dermatologist is the one who provides options of dermal fillers to improve your looks. But what exactly are these fillers? Here is a quick guide to help you decide what might be best for you.
Dermal Fillers vs. Injectables
The most well-known injectable is probably Botox, but there are several similar products, that are known as neuromodulators. These products work on the muscles at the end of your nerves. These products are effective on facial lines caused by repetitive muscle movements over time. Dermal fillers, on the other hand, work well on deep folds in the skin that is visible when the muscles are at rest. These include smile lines and diminished volume around the cheeks and lips. Dermal Fillers work by increasing volume.
Types of Fillers
There are a few types of dermal fillers that your dermatologist can use to help with your signs of aging. There are permanent fillers, but primarily fillers absorb into your body over time and need replenishing. These more temporary ones are primarily comprised of hyaluronic acid. This is a naturally occurring acid in your skin, so it is not harsh for your body. This means there are rarely any side effects. When injected, the technician may provide lidocaine to help reduce any discomfort.
Some fillers are made of calcium hydroxyapatite. These fillers are slightly thicker, so they can give the appearance of lumpiness if not injected properly. This is why you want to always go with the best dermatologist. They will make sure that it is injected deep enough so that no lumps are visible.
There are also some fillers that work by stimulating collagen. These are more appropriate when you have a larger area that needs more volume. These injectables require the skin to be hydrated. Then, the filler is provided in small doses under the skin. They can take up to 6 weeks for the results to be visible, and it may take up to 9 months to see the final results.
Which Is Right For You?
It can be difficult to determine what filler might be the right one for you. It may depend on your skin type, the area you needing to be treated, and what your goals are. You will need to decide for yourself which area is the most important for you at the time. Then, you should consult with only the best dermatologist to perform the procedure. They will help you determine what product will work best for your specific problem area and the results you want to achieve.
At Ochs Dermatology, we are experts in dermal fillers and have many years of experience treating people who are trying to fight the signs of aging. We will provide you with all the information you need about any treatment so that you will always feel confident and comfortable. Call us today to set up a consultation.