13 Jul Smooth Away Wrinkles: Can Dermal Fillers Prolong The Need For A Facelift?
Are Wrinkles Inevitable?
Skin loses elasticity with age, and a lack of collagen may result in wrinkles, creases, and fine lines. This process happens within the dermis layer of the skin, which is just below the skin’s surface. Over time, the skin loses the ability to efficiently retain moisture and oil, increasing dryness and developing wrinkles. Wrinkles may be a natural part of the aging process, but there are steps patients can take to eliminate the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Lifestyle plays a role
Excess sun exposure and smoking contribute to wrinkle development. The ultraviolet rays from the sun destroy the collagen and elastin fibers in the skin, creating creases. Smoking also negatively impacts the skin’s collagen levels, prompting the creation of wrinkles. Facial movements are another factor. Contracting the face by smiling, frowning, and laughing creates lines beneath the skin’s surface.
Using a dermal filler
Dermal fillers can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in the skin. Most of these filers are temporary and absorbed by the body. Dermal fillers add volume to sagging, wrinkly skin and can also be used to plump lips and cheeks. Fillers also smooth out the lines that wrinkles cause in the skin.
What to expect with a filler
Dermal fillers are made from a gel-like substance that mimics substances naturally produced by the body. Hyaluronic acid is one of these substances that is naturally found in the body. Fillers made from hyaluronic acid can last up to 12 months. Another substance is calcium hydroxylapatite, otherwise found in our bones. This substance triggers the production of collagen in the body, and the results can last up to 1 year. Polymethylmethacrylate is a synthetic dermal filler that contains collagen. This substance is injected under the skin to provide volume and support.
Consulting a plastic surgeon
The use of dermal fillers is a common cosmetic procedure used by many Americans every year. Most fillers have mild side effects like redness, bruising, and swelling. People interested in learning more about dermal fillers should schedule an appointment with a plastic surgeon. The surgeon can then recommend the appropriate filler.