Changes in our body are natural as we age, but that doesn’t mean we must accept the wrinkles, hollow cheeks, and sagging jowls that go along with the passage of time. Facial fillers are one way to help keep your face looking full and vibrant.
At the Ventura Institute for Dermatologic Arts in Ventura and Camarillo, California, Dr. Peter Karlsberg and Michele Ayans, his physician’s assistant, use a wide range of innovative cosmetic dermatological treatments to provide natural-looking results. From a medical issue like skin cancer to helping improve your appearance with facial fillers, we can help you achieve the results you desire.
As we age, a number of things happen, including our bodies creating less of the protein collagen. This in turn results in a decrease in skin volume, which can cause loose and sagging skin. Deep nasolabial folds from the nose to the corners of the mouth can develop, along with hollow cheeks and sagging jowls. The lips can change in appearance as well by thinning and/or developing lip lines.
Types of facial fillers
Facial fillers are FDA-approved gel-like substances that are injected under the skin to revive the face’s volume, as well as help reduce lines and creases. They are made from a number of different substances and specially formulated to address certain problem areas. A few examples include the following:
Juvéderm® Voluma™ XC can help treat volume loss in the cheek area while Juvéderm Vollure™ XC addresses facial wrinkles and folds. Juvéderm Volbella™ XC is injected into the lips for augmentation and to help treat lines.
Restylane® and Restylane Lyft® can correct facial folds and wrinkles, with the latter able to be used for cheek augmentation as well. Restylane Silk® can augment the lips and correct wrinkles around them.
Radiesse® can be used to smooth facial wrinkles and folds, such as in the nasolabial area.
Duration of facial fillers
Some facial fillers have a longer duration than others, depending on a number of factors including their placement, location, and how deeply the injection is made. Some can last for six months while others can work for two years or more.
Receiving treatment from an experienced practitioner is key, as their expertise and technique impact how long the filler will last, as well as whether the results look balanced and natural. They can also determine which type is best for an individual’s unique goals and situation.