Nobody looks forward to those fine lines and wrinkles appearing, but they are, unfortunately, unavoidable. They simply form naturally over time, and you may be looking for a non-surgical method of smoothing them out. The solution may be dermal fillers, available at your dentist office. These injectables have become a popular cosmetic solution for achieving a smoother, more relaxed, and youthful facial appearance.
Our skin contains a substance called collagen that is filled with hyaluronic acid (HA), both of which help provide structure and volume to the face. Over time, our skin loses some of this collagen, causing it to sag and wrinkle. As a result, the facial muscles that work under the skin become more apparent, and lines that appear as a result of facial movements, such as crow’s feet and smile lines, are more noticeable.
Dermal fillers are made from naturally-occurring substances such as hyaluronic acid. They come in a smooth injectable gel and can add volume back to weakened facial features. They can also stimulate the growth of collagen.
There are several different types of dermal fillers. Each provides different results, but they share a few similarities. First, they plump the skin and gently lift it. They also motivate the body to create its own natural collagen, which results in a more youthful – yet natural – appearance.
Dermal fillers can be used for a variety of issues, including:
The procedure for injecting a dermal filler usually takes 20 to 40 minutes. The amount of filler used will depend on the level of volume loss as well as the areas that are being treated. A very fine needle is used to administer the filler to reduce bruising. Results will be visible immediately after treatment is complete. The procedure is very safe and non-invasive, but may result in some bruising and swelling following the injection. However, these effects should pass fairly quickly.
Dr. Thaer Al Azzawi graduated from MSA University in 2010 and practiced dentistry overseas for several years before immigrating to the United States. He then graduated from Rutgers School of Dental Medicine with Awards for Excellence in 2015 with awards for excellence. His professional affiliations include the ADA, TDA and GHDS.