Some of the most exciting innovations in plastic surgery apply new, non-invasive solutions to age-old skin problems. Dermal fillers are at the cutting edge of these extraordinary advances.
Before the advent of this quick and convenient option, patients often relied on Botox to relax facial muscles and silicone injections or fat transfer to build volume and smooth wrinkles. Below, experienced Miami plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Craft reviews the latest dermal fillers, highlighting the benefits of each.
Collagen Is Key
Dermal fillers rejuvenate the face by building volume to fill lines and hollows, often by tricking the body into producing more collagen at the site of the injection. Collagen is the natural fountain-of-youth protein that adds strength and flexibility to the skin.
Injections require just a few office visits, or sometimes a single session. Juvéderm Volbella is especially popular for adding volume to lips and erasing fine lines. Vertical lip lines and so-called marionette lines respond well to Juvéderm XC, which requires only one visit to achieve results that may last the entire year.
Smile lines and more noticeable wrinkles can be effectively treated with Radiesse Volumizing Filler, a gel containing hydroxylapatite microspheres. Another effective gel is Restylane. Its key ingredient, hyaluronic acid, smooths fine lines quickly and conveniently, with results that last six months or more.
Belotero Balance similarly uses hyaluronic acid to smooth skin and target deeper lines and folds. Juvéderm Ultra is a gel that reshapes your facial profile by building volume. It’s a great way for your plastic surgeon to add contours and balance to your expression. As your face gains volume, the resulting tightening smooths out wrinkles.
Light Up Weary Eyes
Bellafill, Restylane, Juvéderm and Perlane can improve the appearance of the under-eye area by smoothing out the skin, eliminating bags and erasing the tired look that sagging skin produces. Dermal fillers are an effective way to treat dark circles, as well. Loss of volume and thinning skin exposes blood vessels under the skin, giving the area a darker appearance. Injecting a dermal filler provides a cushion that compensates for the thinner skin and loss of fat.
If you would like more information on dermal fillers, schedule a personal consultation with experienced Miami plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Craft today.