In recent years, dermal fillers have brought dramatic change to the treatment of facial lines, wrinkles, loss of volume, skin laxity and even discoloration. Advanced varieties offer exciting new options to patients who seek facial rejuvenation without the risks, recovery and time commitment of surgery. Here, experienced Sacramento plastic surgeon Dr. Donald Hause reviews the latest product options and techniques.
Collagen Is Key
Dermal fillers rejuvenate the face by building volume to fill lines and hollows, in part by stimulating the production of collagen, the natural fountain-of-youth protein that adds strength and flexibility to the skin.
Injections require just a few office visits, or sometimes a single session. Juvéderm Volbella is especially popular for adding volume to lips and erasing fine lines. Vertical lip lines and so-called marionette lines respond well to Juvéderm XC, which requires only one visit to achieve results that may last the entire year.
Smile lines and more noticeable wrinkles can be effectively treated with Radiesse Volumizing Filler, a gel containing hydroxylapatite microspheres. Another effective gel is Restylane. Its key ingredient, hyaluronic acid, smooths fine lines quickly and conveniently, with results that last six months or more.
Belotero Balance similarly uses hyaluronic acid to smooth skin and target deeper lines and folds. Juvéderm Ultra is a gel that reshapes your facial profile by building volume. It’s a great way to add contours and balance to your expression. As your face gains volume, the resulting tightening smooths out wrinkles.
Bellafill, Restylane, Juvéderm and Perlane can improve the appearance of the under-eye area by smoothing out the skin, eliminating bags and erasing the tired look that sagging skin produces.
Dermal fillers are an effective way to treat dark circles, as well. Loss of volume and thinning skin exposes blood vessels under the skin, giving the area a darker appearance. Injecting a dermal filler provides a cushion that compensates for the thinner skin and loss of fat.
According to a recent survey by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), 2.72 million dermal filler procedures were performed in 2019. The ASPS survey also found that patients are increasingly likely to seek injections of dermal fillers before choosing surgical options. For example, many use dermal fillers to make subtle changes to the shape and profile of the nose before choosing rhinoplasty. And these injectables are often a first choice to improve the appearance of skin around the eyes before blepharoplasty or brow lift is considered.
To learn more about dermal fillers, call Sacramento Aesthetic Surgery at (916) 646-6869 or send us an email to schedule a consultation.