Injectable Fillers are New ‘Liquid Facelift’
Woodstock Magazine – Fall 2013
Have you seen the movie stars with their plump lips and prominent cheek bones and wondered how they look so good? Their secret is injectable fillers. Injectable fillers like Radiesse, Restylane, and Juvederm can be used for patients who want to both lift lines and sculpt the face. They can be used to fill wrinkles, scars, depressions under the eyes, or build up the cheeks or chin. They can help lift your brow, remove the sunken areas from your face, and define and enlarge your lips.
With age, our skin becomes more susceptible to wrinkles and aging. Exposure to sun and years of muscle movement (squinting, chewing, smiling) contribute to tissue breakdown of the skin. Facial fillers will volumize creases and folds in the face in areas that have lost fat and collagen as we age. Hyaluronic acid is the natural filler substance in your body. The face starts to lack volume and appears aged with deeper nasolabial folds (cheeks), unaesthetic marionette lines, a deeper mentalis fold (chin), thinning lips, and turning down the corners of the lips. Hyaluronic acid fillers, such as Restylane and Juvederm, are injected extraorally right underneath these folds to replace the lost volume to create a younger look in the face. Dermal fillers have been called “liquid facelifts” because they offer many of the benefits of a surgical facelift without the downtime.
Dermal filler injection requires very minimal downtime, allowing patients to return to work and their normal activities directly following treatment. The average length to time involved with filler injections is about 20 minutes, depending on the individual and the number of areas being treated. In general, the results from most injectable fillers last from a a few months to more than a year. This depends of the type of facial filler and product used. For optimal results, additional treatments are encouraged.
Could a “liquid facelift” be right for you? As with any procedure you are considering, make sure your consultation is with a specialty trained board-certified plastic surgeon.