Type in “skin rejuvenation products” in Google and you’ll get more than 2 million results. Each of the products hailed as the next big thing to transform aging faces may promote specific ingredients, or age-related concerns. Generally, the age-related concerns that prompt a search for skin rejuvenation products include:
- Lines caused by cumulative facial expressions (like “crow’s feet, “frown lines”)
- Deeper furrows
- Loose, saggy skin
- Sunken areas, especially under the eyes, in the cheeks and “mid-face”
- Loss of definition in the jawline, lips
- Depressed areas such as scars from past acne, stretch marks, cellulite
Dermal fillers are incredibly versatile and can address the problems listed above, just to name a few. These fillers are made of various materials, which are injected gently and safely into the treatment area. Aside from dermal fillers, skin rejuvenation treatments such as superficial chemical peels and laser and light-based therapies can also address other texture-related and surface concerns, such as brown or age spots, broken blood vessels, and a lackluster complexion.
The plumping effect of dermal fillers can help smooth out lines and wrinkles, and even diminish the appearance of recessed acne scars and other depressed areas. They can add definition and volume to the lips, or even enhance the appearance of a recessed chin. There are many different formulations of dermal filler used to temporarily or permanently replace lost volume, many of which also stimulate new collagen production. Collagen is a protein that gives skin its firmness, but over time, the body makes less of it.
The most popular fillers are made of hyaluronic acid (HA). HA is a “moisture-loving” molecule naturally found in the skin, eyes, and joints. Again, with time, less HA is produced. This is why you may find your skin looks and feels drier. Dryness can make fine lines and furrows look worse. Those recessed, depressed areas can also look worse as you get older because of the loss of collagen and fat under the skin. HA filler is used to decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and restore volume in the face. HA fillers, such as Juvederm and Voluma, are often used to achieve a non-surgical face lift.
Dermal fillers are a thing of beauty, in that you can achieve dramatic improvements in the look of your skin without drastic surgical measures. These materials are among the many non-surgical treatments available to today’s consumers, whereas the consumers of yesteryear learned to live with aging features, or opted for surgical treatments such as face and neck lifts and liposuction.
North Sound Dermatology Aesthetics’ board-certified dermatologists like to give their patients multiple rejuvenation options, knowing that every client is unique.
Fillers range from HA-based formulas like Juvéderm (Ultra, Ultra Plus), Voluma, and Belotero to semi-permanent and permanent ones like Radiesse and Artefill made from calcium beads and bovine collagen/micro-beads, respectively.
Each of these products can be used to treat specific concerns and parts of the face, and each is unique with respect to the results achieved. Generally, results are immediate and side-effects are typically mild and short-lived, compared to surgery that is typically associated with significant downtime, pain, scarring and other very real risks.
Dr. Dieter Schmidt and his team are proud to offer many different dermal filler options and skin rejuvenation treatments. Call 425-678-3653 if you would like more information about these offerings