You don't always need a facelift or other major type of cosmetic surgery to freshen your appearance and look younger. Dermal fillers are easier to take and endure, and they reduce the appearance of wrinkles so you have a more youthful appearance. Dermal fillers are a good way to slow down the aging process and to take control of your appearance when you're not ready for surgical procedures. Here's a look at how these cosmetic injections work.
How Dermal Fillers Work
Dermal fillers are a gel-like substance that the doctor injects into precise areas of your skin. The gel plumps up wrinkles to make them less visible, and the injections can also be used to add fullness to the cheeks and to contour facial areas.
What Dermal Fillers Contain
There are different types of dermal fillers that have different uses, and they vary in how long their effects last. Some fillers are natural substances already in the body while others are synthetic fillers. Natural fillers tend to be absorbed the quickest, but results should still last for many months. Your doctor may recommend starting with this type of filler to see how you like the results. The injections can be repeated when necessary to keep wrinkles at bay. Some fillers not only fill in wrinkles, but they can also boost collagen production in your skin to give longer-lasting results.
What to Expect with a Treatment
Having a dermal filler involves getting injections in your face, however, the procedure usually isn't painful since the doctor uses anesthetic during the procedure. A topical anesthetic may be applied to your skin so you don't have pain from the needle. Also, the filler itself is a mix of filler and anesthetic so the area is numbed as the filler is applied.
What to Expect After the Injections
You might have some soreness and bruising in the area, but that should clear up quickly. Your doctor might recommend that you rest the remainder of the day, but you can usually go about your usual activities since there is no downtime needed for recovery. You'll see results right away, but the full effects may take longer to manifest depending on the type of filler you have injected.
Cosmetic injection procedures are less expensive than major cosmetic procedures, and they can be repeated as you age to control the progressions of your wrinkles. They help you maintain a more youthful appearance when you don't need or don't want other cosmetic treatments.