It seems that just a few years ago only a handful of options were available to reverse signs of aging and most of them involved a surgical procedure with downtime measured in terms of weeks. Today that is simply no longer the case. A vast variety of dermal injections can slow down the aging process without the costs or downtime associated with plastic surgery. Results can be seen either immediately or within a few days. Navigating the myriad of dermal injections can be daunting. We’ve put a guide together in “Which Filler?” As a starting point, the decision will depend upon a variety of factors which include: which area of the face you would like to rejuvenate, for how long you want the result to last, and whether your filler is intended to be a tie over until you are more comfortable with a permanent solution or merely a long term plan for partial rejuvenation results.
Autologous fat transfer, also known as fat grafting, is a skin-plumping procedure in which fat taken by syringe from areas of your own body such as the tummy or hips is injected into the facial area where more fullness, shaping and contouring is required. Fat transfer is used to address a prematurely aged appearance, which commonly occurs in the middle area of the face, specifically in the region of the cheeks, as well as the lower area of the face around the mouth.
Systematic use of Botox therapy injections for fine lines can combat wrinkles before they deepen or delay the onset of new ones. A sequence of precise injections, typically from one to three injections per year, can prevent the deepening of existing finer, premature wrinkles and reduce considerably the use of forehead muscles, responsible for wrinkling. In most cases, Botox injections can delay the need for surgical intervention by years.
Injected into the lower third of the face to target the nasolabial folds, also referred to as marionette lines, laugh lines and chin wrinkles, Juvederm gives patients effective results almost instantaneously. The result is temporary— up to a year— cost-effective facial rejuvenation: a softer, fuller face, younger and refreshed in appearance with a smoother complexion.
Launched in 2014, the more permanent facial filler is intended specifically to add important volume, youthful smoothness and fullness to the cheek region. Juvederm Voluma XC’s unique formulation targets three specific areas of the cheeks, the apex, the apple and the hollow, to provide patients who are not yet ready for surgical intervention with a refreshed and rejuvenated facial appearance. When injected into the appropriate areas with the optimal quantity, by a technically skilled injector, results may last between one and two years—far more than the six month results typical of other dermal injections.
Radiesse injections now makes possible outstanding results in temporary facial contouring primarily for the middle section of the face, which tends to flatten and lose contour over time. By supplementing the skin's own depleted collagen, Radiesse works by adding much needed volume to provide a scaffold and structure under the skin’s surface while at the same time stimulating the body’s own natural collagen production to continue collagen regenesis long after injection.
Lip thinning or aging usually occurs around the early thirties and manifests itself in emerging wrinkles above and below the vermilion borders, a diminishing lip volume and thinning of the skin. This occurrence visibly alters the lip’s definition and contour. With skilled and precise injections of Restylane, fullness to the upper and lower lip can be restored to recreate the "cupid’s bow" resulting in lips that look natural and subtly defined, as they once were.
While filler injections are revered for their immediate results and short recovery time, proper research must be done whenever deciding to inject a formulation into the body. Advances in filler technology have led to injections composed of natural substances that mimic our body’s own materials. Begin here to learn more about the various substances that comprise filler injections.
Throughout the aging process, underlying fat and skin tissue that keeps skin youthful and plumped may break down, accentuating hollow areas, thinner lips, laugh or smiles lines and deep folds and creases on the face. Different dermal injections are aimed at minimizing fine lines and plumping areas of the face that are now depleted of volume. Radiesse and Juvederm Voluma XC are intended for the middle third of the face, namely the cheek region. By targeting and plumping the apple, the apex and the hollow, much needed volume is restored and a natural, subtle lift to the cheek region does wonders to improve vivacity and a youthful appearance. Restylane addresses lip aging which reveals itself in lost lip volume and fine lines along the lip’s border. By smoothing the fine lines and adding volume to the lips, Restylane returns essential volume in a subtle and natural way. Juvederm XC, comprised of a natural, gel-like material called hyaluronic acid, targets marionette and laugh lines to create a softer and fuller facial appearance. Botox Cosmetic is used to soften crow’s feet, deep wrinkles across the forehead and lines between the brows, often referred to as frown lines. Lastly, lipofilling involves removing fat from another area of the body, condensing it and injecting the purified, liquid fat into an area of the face.
The most important factor to consider when deciding on dermal injections as an aging intervention is who is doing the injecting. Deliberate, artistic and skilled injection techniques must be employed so that the ideal volume of filler is injected into precisely the correct region of the face. If the injection is not performed by a highly skilled and experienced injector, there is risk of the result looking over-done or longevity of result being compromised. All injections at North Shore Center for Facial Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery are performed by board certified cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Anthony J. Geroulis, who has over 33 years of experience in the cosmetic field. In a handful of short visits you may soften the aging process and see visible results within a day or two.
During your consultation appointment, Dr. Geroulis will perform a detailed facial analysis in order to determine which filler will produce the best results for you. For more information on breakthrough and innovative skin rejuvenation procedures, including facial rejuvenation by dermal injections, call 866.875.3937 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Geroulis at any of the medical office locations.