Dermal Fillers Baton Rouge
What are injectable dermal fillers?
As you age, and your skin begins to produce lower levels of collagen and elastin. You may notice your skin and lips have become thinner, your cheeks sunken, and your face has developed more wrinkles and lines. When that happens, it may be time to consider getting dermal fillers. Dermal fillers are a cosmetic facial rejuvenation treatment made from purified, gel-like compounds and collagen-boosting solutions that are injected under the skin to replace lost volume. Fillers can fill in wrinkles and folds and enhance lips and other facial contours. Used by more than 1 million men and women each year, injectable dermal fillers are a popular, non-surgical treatment to help you achieve a younger, fuller look without the downtime often required from cosmetic surgery.
If you’re looking for a quick fix, dermal fillers may be the way to go. While some fillers provide additional results that improve over time, you can expect to see some immediate results from any dermal filler by the time you leave your appointment. Unlike other cosmetic treatments, which may require repeat visits to achieve optimal results, with dermal fillers, treatment is fast, effective, and—depending on the area treated and the variety of dermal filler used—you can expect your results to last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years, if not longer.
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What areas can dermal fillers treat?
Cosmetic dermal fillers are widely used to add volume to the skin and enhance a wide range of facial features. Key areas include:
- Acne scars – If you suffered from acne in the past and are now marked with acne scars, you may want to consider getting dermal fillers to fill in the pock marks and smooth out your face.
- Aging hands – Wrinkly, crepe-like skin on the hands can be a telltale sign of aging. If aging hands bother you, talk with your dermatologist about rejuvenating your hands with cosmetic dermal fillers.
- Cheeks/Cheekbones – Dermatologists inject dermal fillers into the cheeks to add fullness, improve facial proportions, and create an instant cheek lift.
- Facial scars – Dermal fillers are a highly effective treatment for minimizing the appearance of recessed facial scars, such as those caused by acne, burns, and other wounds.
- Facial wasting – Facial lipoatrophy, also known as facial wasting, can occur with age, autoimmune disease, and some medications. Cosmetic dermal fillers can be an effective treatment for adding volume to the face and reducing facial depressions.
- Frown lines – Over time, frown lines can become etched into the face between the eyes and around the mouth. With the use of dermal fillers, dermatologists can correct those stubborn lines, shaving years off your appearance.
- Lips – If you would like to increase the volume of your lips, injectable dermal fillers can be an effective, non-surgical way of redefining the lip border and increasing the fullness of your lips.
- Marionette lines – If marionette lines—the long, vertical lines that run from the corners of the mouth down to the chin—are a concern for you, talk with your dermatologist about corrective dermal fillers, which will stimulate your collagen production and add additional moisture to your face.
- Nasolabial folds – Also known as laugh lines or smile lines, nasolabial folds can cut into the skin from the nose to the mouth. Dermal fillers will soften these folds and creases, restoring the skin’s natural volume for a more youthful appearance.
- Soft creases and wrinkles – A quick, effective way to improve the appearance of soft creases and wrinkles around the eyes and mouth is with injectable fillers, one of the most popular forms of facial rejuvenation treatment on the market today.
- Dark circles or Sunken eyes – Also known as tear trough deformity, this cosmetic concern can cast dark shadows under the eye, making you look tired, despite adequate sleep. If this is a concern for you, cosmetic dermal fillers can be a fast, effective method of attaining a brighter, healthier appearance.
- Temples – If you’ve noticed that the skin around your temples has become thinner or has a hollowed-out appearance, dermal filler injections can be an effective treatment for adding volume and fullness.
- Lip lines – Also called lipstick lines, these vertical lines above the lip can be caused by age, genetics, and certain lifestyle habits, like smoking. When that happens, talk with your dermatologist about using dermal fillers to smooth out those wrinkles and folds and achieve a more youthful appearance.
Types of cosmetic dermal fillers
There are a variety of FDA-approved dermal fillers on the market today with different chemical makeups, volumes, and longevities. Consult your Sanova Dermatologist in Baton Rouge to determine which form of facial rejuvenation treatment is best suited for your needs.
- Calcium hydroxylapatite
- Calcium hydroxylapatite is a biosynthetically produced dermal filler that mimics a mineral-like compound found naturally in human bones. This type of cosmetic filler is especially effective for treating moderate to deep lines and enhancing volume, helping patients achieve beautiful, natural-looking results. Popular brand names on the market include: Radiesse®.
- Hyaluronic acid
- Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in the body’s connective tissues, cartilage, joint fluids, skin tissue and in the fluid surrounding your eyes. You may have heard of it for its effectiveness when treating arthritic joints, but it’s also a potent form of dermal filler known for reducing depressions and improving the skin’s contour by plumping up the skin and helping it retain moisture. Popular brand names on the market include Belotero Balance®, Captique®, Esthélis®, Elevess®, Hylaform®, Juvéderm®, Perlane®, Prevelle®, Puragen® and Restylane®.
- Poly-L-lactic acid
- Polyactic acid is a semi-permanent cosmetic dermal filler that works by stimulating your body’s natural production of collagen and increasing the skin’s volume over time. A nontoxic substance, polyactic acid has a long track record of helping to plump up thin lips and fill out the wrinkles and lines around the mouth. Popular brand names include AestheFill®, Aesthetic® and Sculptra®.
- Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA)
- Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) is a synthetic, biocompatible solution that contains tiny, semi-permanent microspheres and collagen. PMMA is often used to smooth out medium to deep wrinkles, fill in recessed scars and enhance thin lips. Unlike other dermal fillers, PMMA may take a series of injections to see the full effects. Popular brand names include Bellafill®.
- Fat injections
- Unlike its synthetic cousins, this type of dermal filler requires your doctor to use liposuction to collect fat from one area of your body to transfer over to the injection site. Once injected, roughly 50% of the grafted fat is expected to survive forever. Receiving this type of dermal filler is considered a minor surgical procedure.
What is the difference between BOTOX® and cosmetic dermal fillers?
While both BOTOX® and dermal fillers are cosmetic injectables intended to make you look more youthful and vibrant, there are a few key differences between the two:
- BOTOX® Cosmetic is a brand name of BTX-A, a protein that is injected with a fine needle into the area between the nerves and muscles. Once administered, BOTOX® works to relax and soften overactive muscles to loosen facial lines, wrinkles and folds. BOTOX® generally takes a couple weeks to see the full effect; it may require several sessions to see optimal results.
- Dermal fillers are made from purified compounds and collagen-boosting solutions. When injected under the skin with a fine needle, they work to plump up the skin, add lost volume and stimulate the body’s collagen production. With dermal fillers, patients often see results immediately and do not require repeat sessions until after the results have faded.
Contact Sanova Dermatology
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