Filler is a substance that can be placed into your skin to lift a fold or wrinkle. It can also be strategically placed to lift and volumize the face, thereby restoring a youthful appearance. As we grow older, we lose volume in our face and unfortunately the skin shifts downward. Features, like our cheeks, lips and chin that were formerly round and full, ultimately may sink as your facial fat pads separate, and skin that was smooth and tight looks loose and saggy. The bones in the face also change with age. Like the rest of the skeleton, the upper jaw, lower jaw, and cheekbones shrink. As the bone recedes your face starts to look more angular and contributes to looser skin.
Whether filler has ever sparked your interest or you’re a seasoned veteran in the filler arena, you may be excited to know that the filler industry has never been better. There are many filler products now on the market which allows your physician to find the product that is perfect for you. Dermal fillers have been called “liquid facelifts” because they offer many of the benefits of a surgical facelift without the downtime. Soft tissue fillers can add more volume and provide immediate results at a lower cost than surgery. However, these treatments are not permanent. Treatment sessions must be repeated and maintained.
Common sites for fillers are the nasolabial folds and marionette lines, or to enhance fullness in the cheeks.Here are some of Suzanne Bruce and Associate patient’s before and after dermal fillers:
Some dermal fillers are used in conjunction with other skin rejuvenating treatments such as injections of botulinum toxin or skin tightening procedures. Your physician will assess your needs and recommend one or a combination of treatments to achieve your desired results. Be mindful that injecting fillers is an art form which is why I recommend you finding a provider that shares your aesthetic values and makes you feel comfortable!
So in summary here’s the good news; there is no real downtime with dermal fillers. You can resume most activities right away. You’ll likely experience swelling or a bit of bruising, which should fade within a several days. (Hopefully you’ll look great regardless!)
On the flip side, most dermal fillers are not permanent and they don’t halt the aging process. Even the semi-permanent variety eventually require re-treatment. And never forget, it is very important to continue to take care of your skin with good sun protective measures, a good skin regimen and healthy lifestyle. By doing so, you will be protecting the investment you make into looking great!