Over time, the skin loses elasticity and a youthful appearance. Sun exposure, facial movements, and gravity all produce signs of aging. Some people are bothered by these changes and want to fix them. If you’re one of them, you have options. Dermal fillers, which are designed to last anywhere from several months to over a year, are a top choice. They require minimal downtime, have few adverse side effects, and can significantly improve your appearance. If you want to get rid of wrinkles, restore volume, or get an overall more radiant appearance, dermal fillers can help.
1. Types of Dermal Fillers
There are several varieties of dermal fillers on the market. Here are some of the most popular types and their uses.
2. Eliminating Wrinkles
If you’re familiar with one product for eliminating wrinkles, it’s probably Botox. Botox is a wrinkle relaxer that minimizes the appearance of creases, folds, and lines in the face. It is a temporary wrinkle reducer, which means that successive injections are recommended to keep your skin looking youthful and radiant. Juvederm is also used to reduce wrinkles. There are several dermal fillers in the Juvederm family, including Juvederm Ultra XC, which is designed exclusively to enhance lips.
3. Restoring Volume
Along with filling in wrinkles and reducing laugh lines or frown lines, Juvederm can be used to restore volume to areas of the face that have lost volume, including the cheeks. Another filler is Restylane. Restylane is produced from hyaluronic acid, which is a substance that is naturally produced in the body. Restylane hydrates skin and is a good choice for moderate to severe wrinkles, as it can eliminate creases and fine lines that are harder to reach using other types of injectables. As with Juvederm, there are several products in the Restylane family. Sculptra is another choice for restoring youthful volume. Unlike other fillers, which produce immediate results, Sculptra builds gradually over time.
4. What to Expect at Your First Appointment
Dermal fillers in Phoenix AZ are generally performed on an outpatient basis. It only takes 15-20 minutes for most injections, which has earned them the nickname of “lunchtime fillers.” Since fillers have no downtime, some people go back to work or their regular activities after getting facial injectables. However, you may be advised to refrain from strenuous exercise or excessive sun exposure for the first 24 hours after getting injectables. Sometimes, you might notice minor bruising, redness, or swelling near the site of the injections. These short-lived symptoms are not dangerous, but they can cause discomfort.
There are many different injectables on the market. Dr. Meger can help you decide which one is best for you, depending on your end goals and areas of concern. Call today to learn more about our services and schedule a consultation.