Dermal fillers are also referred to as volumizers because they correct the appearance of sunken cheeks, deep tear trough, thinning lips, and other signs of soft tissue deflation that comes with aging. Providers at Lougheed Laser Center also use them to smooth out deep facial wrinkles such as the laugh lines and marionette lines.
Dermal fillers come in a wide variety of active ingredients, level of cohesiveness, and particle size and shape. The right filler will depend on your cosmetic goals, underlying anatomies, treatment site, skin quality, among others.
Read on the list below that explains the ideal candidates for dermal fillers:
You Have Soft Tissue Deflation
While soft tissue deflation is commonly the result of aging, it may also affect massive weight loss patients. Also, some people have inherently hollowed cheeks or sunken temples even at a very young age.
If you have soft tissue deflation, dermal fillers can enhance your facial volume and proportion. Highly cohesive fillers are ideal for filling in the gaunt cheeks because they give better structure and come with slower resorption rate. In fact, some stiff fillers such as the Juvederm Voluma XC could last up to two years.
Meanwhile, the deep tear trough is best addressed by light fillers, which suits areas with thin skin. They settle in more smoothly, which allows them to provide more natural results without the risk of surface irregularities.
You’re Bothered by Your Deep Folds and Wrinkles
Stiff dermal fillers are also ideal for smoothing out the laugh lines, marionette lines (they circumscribe the corners of your chin), and chin wrinkles (right beneath the lower lip). The idea is to fill in the actual fold so it can “transition” smoothly to the surrounding area.
While Botox is known as a potent wrinkle eraser, dermal fillers remain the best treatment for the laugh lines, marionette lines, and chin wrinkles because they are mainly caused soft tissue deflation, as opposed to the repetitive facial movement.
You Have Thinning Lips
Whether your thin lips are caused by aging or inherited trait, dermal fillers can help you achieve a fuller and more youthful pucker. Light fillers are ideal for plumping the lips or eliminating the age-induced vertical lip lines because they settle in smoothly.
You Want a Minimally-Invasive Treatment
While fat injection and lip implant can also improve your lips, they require days or even weeks of recovery due to the postop swelling and bruising. Dermal fillers, meanwhile, do not require an actual healing time because they do not involve incisions, implants, and anesthesia.
Dermal filler injection usually takes 20-40 minutes, depending on the treatment site. And right after your session, you can resume your normal activities without any problem.
Because fillers are minimally-invasive treatments, they are ideal if you are not eligible for surgery or you don’t want its prolonged recovery and associated risks.
You Want Your Facelift Results to Appear More Natural
Nowadays, facelifts are typically combined with dermal fillers to achieve a more natural result. Fillers also prevent surgical stigmata such as the appearance of flat cheeks and abrupt lower lid-cheek transition. After all, no amount of skin elevation and tightening can correct soft tissue deflation.