Loss of volume is one of the main factors that contributes to facial aging. As the pads of subcutaneous facial fat droop over time, certain areas of the face are left looking gaunt, which can produce shadows or a hollowed-out appearance.
Dermal fillers are an effective, non-surgical solution for treating loss of facial volume and similar age-related changes. They can smooth away lines and severe facial wrinkles, restore volume, plump the lips, and sculpt facial features. From hyaluronic acid to facial fat transfer, fillers come in a variety of options to address your cosmetic needs.
Dermal fillers are generally divided into three categories: hyaluronic acid based-fillers, non-hyaluronic acid fillers, and autologous fillers
Hyaluronic Acid Fillers
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in the body. This moisture-binding substance helps the skin stay plump and hydrated. When used in injectables, hyaluronic acid creates a smoothing effect by filling in fine lines and facial wrinkles. It can also create a subtle lifting effect for areas of the face that are starting to droop, and it can restore volume to parts of the face that have lost their youthful fullness. The effects of these fillers last anywhere from 6 – 12 months, depending on the particular product used and where it was injected.
Common hyaluronic acid fillers include the following:
Non-Hyaluronic Acid Fillers
In addition to hyaluronic acid fillers, there are other non-hyaluronic acid options available to address loss of volume and other signs of facial aging. These fillers offer unique benefits and can be tailored to individual needs. Poly-L-lactic acid fillers, like Sculptra, are made from a biodegradable synthetic material that encourages the body’s natural collagen production, gradually improving skin texture and volume over time. Sculptra injections are often chosen for their ability to address deeper wrinkles and restore a more youthful appearance by promoting the skin’s inherent rejuvenating processes.
Autologous filler, also called fat transfer or fat grafting, is a facial filler technique that uses a patient’s own fat. During this procedure, fat is harvested from the body using a gentle liposuction technique. After the fat has been purified for transfer, it is injected into the face.
Fat is an incredibly versatile facial filler, and it can be injected into nearly any part of the face to augment features, plump the lips, provide rejuvenation, and enhance facial contours. While part of the transferred fat cells will be reabsorbed by the body, the fat that remains will establish a blood supply and stay there indefinitely. Some patients may try temporary dermal fillers initially, and then eventually choose fat transfer for a long-lasting option.
Are Fillers Right for You?
Since fillers are minimally invasive, they are a safe, effective option for most healthy people seeking facial rejuvenation. Men and women considering dermal fillers typically exhibit the following:
For patients seeking optimal rejuvenation, a combination of dermal fillers with Botox® is sometimes recommended. No matter your cosmetic concerns, Dr. Josh Waltzman will help you explore your full range of options. Call today to schedule your free consultation with our expert medical team at The Waltzman Institute.