Noticing those first few signs of aging on your face can really throw you for a loop. It might seem as though lines appeared between your nose and mouth overnight or that you woke up one morning with wrinkles on your forehead that weren't there yesterday. While facial plastic surgery might be the way to go for some people, you're not quite ready for that yet, but would still like to wipe some of the early signs of aging from your face.
Enter dermal fillers. They might not provide the same exact results as surgery, but they are a great option for people who don't have the time to schedule surgery or the time to spare for a lengthy recovery. If you're considering any type of injectable dermal filler, it can be helpful to know which is which and what you can expect from each.
True: You Have Options
Several different types of dermal filler are available. While some types, such as Juvederm and Restylane, are made from the same active ingredient, hyaluronic acid, others, such as Radiesse, are made from something completely different, namely calcium hydroxylapatite.
The different ingredients mean that each type of filler works slightly differently. For example, injectables made with hyaluronic acid are often used to plump up areas and to smooth out lines or wrinkles. Fillers made from calcium hydroxylapatite are also used to add volume or to smooth lines and wrinkles, but can often be used on deeper wrinkles, too. While hyaluronic acid creates volume by attracting moisture to the area, calcium hydroxylapatite goes one step further. It stimulates the production of collagen below the surface of the skin, so that results continue to last, even after the calcium hydroxylapatite has faded away.
False: Botox Is a Filler
Although it might be one of the more popular options out there when it comes to injectables, it's worth noting that Botox isn't a filler. The injectable does ease and reduce lines and wrinkles, particularly the ones that form between the brows or in the corners of the eyes. But, it does so by relaxing the muscles responsible for creating those lines, not by filling in the area.
Compared to most fillers, Botox needs a bit of time to work after an injection. Most people see their results after about a week, if not sooner, but not instantly. The results also don't last as long as the results from a dermal filler. For the most part, you can expect to see results from Botox that last for about three months.
Depending on your concerns, it might make sense to combine Botox injections and dermal filler injections. You might want Botox in between your brows, for example, and a dermal filler to smooth out the lines around your nose.
True: The Results Look Natural
Although the whole point of having dermal fillers is to rejuvenate the face and to create a more refreshed, youthful look, few, if any, people want to look as though they've had work done. The good news is that, when performed by a qualified plastic surgeon, the results from a dermal filler injection are very subtle and natural-looking.
Typically, the results are apparent right away. But you might need to wait a week or two before you can enjoy the full results. After that time, any swelling or bruising you might experience will have gone down and the filler will have had time to settle in.
False: Getting Fillers Is Painful
One more piece of good news about dermal fillers: They don't hurt as much as you might think. The needles used to administer the injections are usually very tiny, for one. For another, it's common to use a numbing cream or ointment on the area being injected to reduce any discomfort. Additionally, some fillers contain lidocaine, which helps numb the area during the injection. After the injection, there might be some discomfort or redness, but many people find that it is very mild.
True: They Don't Provide Permanent Results
No dermal filler provides results that will last for ages. Typically, results wear off after several months, though some options, such as Radiesse, can last for up to a year. If you're happy with the way you look after an injection, you do have the option of repeating the treatment to maintain your results and your appearance.
Non-permanent results can be good news to people who decide that fillers just aren't for them. If you're unhappy with your look, it's just a matter of months before the results are gone. In the case of hyaluronic acid fillers, an additional injection can be given to break down the HA and reverse the results.
No matter what type of filler you're considering, you should work with a board certified facial plastic surgeon. A thorough understanding of the structure and anatomy of the face is key to ensuring good results after an injection. In Boca Raton, Florida, Dr. Nathan Nachlas is a double board certified facial plastic surgeon who can answer any questions you might have about your filler options.
For more information or to request a consult with Dr. Nachlas contact Sandy Friedman, Director of Patient Relations at 561-939-0909.