In order to understand the need for dermal fillers, it is important to understand subcutaneous tissue. It is an inner layer of fat that protects your muscles and bones, acts as a passageway for blood vessels and nerves from your epidermis to muscles and insulates the body to maintain proper temperatures. In addition to health benefits, this tissue affects cosmetic aspects in your face. Unfortunately, this resilient spongy layer thins out as you age, leaving you susceptible to body temperature irregularity, affecting the absorption of medicine into the body and decreased protection from falls. Stretching in the skin and loss of volume in the face may be noticed as well. Luckily, dermal fillers, which are FDA approved, have been created to supplement the loss of this tissue. In order to receive most dermal fillers, you must be over the age of 21.
How they work: They fill skin that lacks volume and corrects signs of aging above and beyond what traditional skincare products are capable of. Dermal fillers fill in lines and wrinkles and replace volume loss.
What they are: Naturally-derived from synthetic materials that are made into either semi-permanent fillers which last six months to two years or permanent fillers which last five years, or in some cases even longer.
- Rebuild contour deformities and enhance existing contours in the face, such as the cheeks.
- Enhance the size of thin lips and smooth out surrounding vertical lines.
- Improve the appearance of recessed scars such as acne scars.
- Decrease or remove the shadow of the lower eyelids.
- Correction of “nasolabial folds” – the moderate to severe wrinkles from the mouth to the nose, often referred to as smile lines.
- Filling in under eyes that are sunken in appearance.
- Hand augmentation and the filling of tissue to increase volume in the back of the hand.