Do you ever look in the mirror at your aging skin and find yourself humming the tune to Cher’s “If I Could Turn Back Time?” Imagine being able to turn back the clock and look 10 years younger. It sounds too good to be true, but for many people it’s an attainable reality with dermal fillers in Toronto. There are a number of options available when it comes to dermal fillers that can be used to give your face a more youthful appearance. In this blog post, we’ll give you the scoop on dermal fillers and how they work to help restore your youthful glow.
What are dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers are injectable substances that can be used to plump up the layers of your skin. They’re designed to restore volume and fullness, giving you a younger looking appearance by erasing laugh lines or deep creases around the eyes. They also work well to fill in sunken areas on the face that have lost volume over time.
There are different types of dermal fillers, including:
Hyaluronic Acid Fillers
Hyaluronic acid fillers are made up of hyaluronic acid, a substance that’s naturally found in the body. They’re excellent for restoring lost volume to the face and they can also be used to improve the appearance of wrinkles due to scars, injuries, or laugh lines by filling out thin or wrinkled areas with minimal swelling or discomfort. These fillers are temporary and will eventually be absorbed by the body. Hyaluronic acid fillers include: Captique, Esthelis, Elevess, Hylaform, Juvederm, Perlane, Prevelle, Puragen, and Restalyne.
Calcium Hydroxyapatite Fillers
The second type are calcium hydroxyapatite fillers, which are also found naturally in the body. These are often used to treat deeper lines around the mouth and nose, as well as on areas of the face that lose elasticity over time. These fillers come in a gel form that provides consistent results, however they are temporary and will eventually be absorbed by the body. Calcium hydroxyapatite fillers include Radiesse.
Polylactic Acid Fillers
The third type of dermal fillers are polylactic acid fillers, which are also known as a stimulator. This is because once injected into the face, these fillers cause the body to produce collagen. Polylactic acid fillers are generally used on the lower half of the face to plump thin lips, fill in laugh lines, and reduce deep nasolabial folds. These fillers do not produce immediate results since it takes a few months for collagen to form, however the results are permanent. Polylactic acid fillers include Sculptra.
Lastly, polyalkylimide fillers are semi-permanent dermal fillers that are biocompatible. They’re used to plump up deep lines on the face, plump thin lips, treat facial wasting, and add volume along the cheekbones and jawline. After they are injected, collagen forms around the gel for long-lasting results. Polyalkylimide fillers include Aquamid.
What happens to the skin as we age?
To understand how dermal fillers work, we must first understand how the aging process affects our skin. At a glance, here are some key ways that our skin changes as we age:
- loses volume as a result of the subcutaneous fat layer thinning. This can cause certain areas to appear sunken.
- the outer layer of skin becomes thinner
- loses elasticity due to a reduction in collagen production, which affects the structural support that holds up your skin cells.
- less oil is produced by the sebaceous glands, which means that the skin will become dry and itchy.
The loss of this natural structure causes fine lines and wrinkles to appear on the face as gravity slowly pulls the skin downwards. These changes also mean that lines created by facial expressions don’t fade like they used to and instead become permanently engraved on our faces.
How do dermal fillers work?
Dermal fillers work to enhance the look of your face by restoring volume and fullness. When injected into certain areas, they can also provide anti-wrinkle benefits that smooth out fine lines caused by age or injury. Besides reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, dermal fillers are also ideal for filling in sunken areas and improving facial contours. Certain types of dermal fillers, such as HA fillers, also provide hydration to the skin, which prevents it from drying out due to a lack of oil production.
As mentioned above, there are different types of dermal fillers. One thing that sets these fillers apart from one another is their consistency. For example, certain fillers have a thin consistency that allows them to be effectively used in areas that require fine augmentation, like under the eyes or for fine lips along the lips. Other fillers have a thicker consistency that allows them to be effectively used to treat larger areas that require more fullness, such as for cheek augmentation.
The procedure for dermal filler injections is quick and painless, which makes them a popular choice for individuals who want to restore their youthful glow. The procedure typically takes about 30 minutes or less depending on the number of areas that are being treated with dermal fillers.
It’s a simple process where dermal filler is injected into the desired area without causing any long-lasting pain or discomfort. In some cases, patients report that injection sites feel slightly tender but this feeling only lasts for a few hours. In other cases, there may be a temporary swelling of the area that is treated as well as mild redness and bruising.
To Sum it Up:
Dermal fillers are an excellent way to achieve a more youthful looking appearance because they offer a natural, non-invasive approach to combat the effects of aging. They provide an effective solution for filling in wrinkles and smoothing out fine lines while also restoring the skin’s natural volume and fullness. If you’re interested in learning more about dermal filler treatments in Toronto, contact us today! One of our specialists will be happy to explain how these injections work as well as answer any questions that you may have.