With age comes the inevitable loss of moisture, volume, and elasticity in the skin. However, the effects of time can be softened. Dermal fillers offer a minimally invasive way to lessen those signs of aging, refreshing your skin’s natural beauty.
Radiant Reflections Weight Loss Clinic & MedSpa in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, offers several FDA-approved, industry-leading injectable fillers that help you nurture your youthful look — without requiring more invasive procedures.
How Aging Affects the Skin
Some of the most visible signs of aging appear on your face, through your skin. Wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin appear naturally with age, and sun exposure, smoking, and environmental and genetic factors amplify these concerns.
Over time, the outer layers of the skin thin, and the production of collagen and elastin decreases. Collagen serves as a building block of the skin cells, giving skin its plump, youthful look. Elastin gives skin elasticity and flexibility.
The loss of collagen and elastin causes your skin to lose moisture and become thinner and more fragile. Over time, wrinkles and fine lines form, and your skin’s overall fullness and youthfulness decline.
What Are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers consist of a soft, gel-like substance injected under the skin to minimize facial lines and restore volume and fullness to the face. Fillers treat the common concerns of aging, including:
- Smoothing under-eye circles
- Lifting cheekbones
- Plumping lips
- Smoothing lip lines
- Softening facial creases and wrinkles
- Improving the appearance of recessed scars
- Enhancing shallow contours
- Rejuvenating skin on the hands
Injectable fillers treat the early signs of aging to provide natural-looking results virtually anywhere on your face. Fillers also build up decreasing collagen and elastin levels to improve the skin’s overall texture.
How Do Injectable Fillers Work?
When injected into the target areas of the face, filler plumps the skin from the inside out, working in place of lost fat and proteins to fill out wrinkles, provide volume to hollow areas, and smooth lines.
Fillers work best on static lines that are visible even when the face is resting. Patients who want to treat dynamic lines, which appear through facial expressions, achieve the best results through Botox.
Which Fillers Are Right for Me?
Determining the best filler for your concerns depends on several factors that the expert team at Radiant Reflections can address during a consultation. Our two most popular fillers are Juvéderm and Bellafill.
Juvéderm fillers add volume to the facial tissue through its active ingredient, hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid naturally stimulates the production of collagen, which plumps the skin. Unfortunately, hyaluronic acid and collagen production decrease over time, resulting in sagging and wrinkling skin.
There are several products in the Juvéderm family, and all of them use hyaluronic acid as their base. In addition, each Juvéderm product features different bonding and concentrations of hyaluronic acid to target specific concerns when injected. As a result, Juvéderm is the most popular dermal filler collection in the world.
Bellafill dermal fillers stimulate long-term collagen growth. This filler uses tiny polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) microspheres suspended within collagen gel. As we inject the filler under the skin, the collagen gel rapidly reduces lines as the microspheres stimulate your natural collagen.
Since Bellafill stimulates natural collagen and forms a foundation to add volume to wrinkles, the results of a treatment can last up to five years.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Injectable Fillers?
Patients of any age and gender may be suitable candidates for fillers. However, the best candidates are non-smokers, as smoking exacerbates fine lines and shortens the longevity of results.
Good candidates for fillers have moderate to severe folds or wrinkles or other skin concerns, such as scars, sunken cheeks, and under-eye circles. Also, patients who have and continue to maintain a proper skincare routine will see the best results.
Benefits of Using Injectable Fillers
Dermal fillers plump the skin and support a youthful glow, but their benefits extend beyond just improving the appearance of static lines.
Increased Collagen and Elastin Production
Collagen and elastin production slows down as we age. Dermal fillers containing hyaluronic acid increase collagen and elastin levels in the body. As a result, fillers can improve the appearance of skin beyond just the treatment site.
Dermal fillers usually produce noticeable results in plumping skin and reducing fine lines in as little as one week. As your treatment fully settles into your skin, you should expect full results in about two weeks.
Minimize the Look of Scars
Dermal fillers improve and minimize the look of scars, and the hyaluronic acid in fillers can soften scar tissue around the injection site. While dermal fillers can’t treat all scars, products like Bellafill can minimize certain scars for up to a year.
Multiple Treatment Options
Dermal fillers pair well with Botox to treat static and dynamic lines, offering the best results for smooth, youthful skin. Harder-to-treat areas, like crow’s feet, smoker’s lines, frown lines, and forehead lines, often see the best results when treated with a combination of Botox and fillers.
No Recovery Time Necessary
The entire procedure of applying injectable fillers takes only ten minutes and requires little preparation and no downtime.
Depending on your lifestyle, the type of filler used, and the area treated, the effects of fillers can last 6 to 18 months or even much longer. Bellafill treatments may last up to five years, depending on the area of concern.
For your first treatment, you may want to use shorter-term injections while we get to know your skin and adjust the placement of the injections for the best results.
Dermal fillers are a practical, minimally invasive way to help your skin look healthier and smoother. Our team at Radiant Reflections Weight Loss Clinic & MedSpa in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, is ready to answer your questions and discuss filler treatment options. Call or book an appointment online today to learn more about dermal fillers.