The loss of natural skin volume as you age can be frustrating to endure. As your skin loses volume because of less collagen production and fat displacement, hollow areas can develop in the cheeks and under the eyes, along with skin laxity, fine lines, and wrinkles. Although over-the-counter products can somewhat soften the appearance of mild to moderate aging, you may need more direct treatments to rejuvenate your appearance. At Impressions Skin Solutions in Hendersonville, TN we know that facial fillers are an ideal option for most people.
Facial fillers are an injectable treatment that uses a specialized formula to artificially increase the volume of the skin. These filler treatments can be used on virtually all areas of the face and other areas of the body, including the backs of the hands. Learn more about these fillers and how long the results can last before you schedule your initial appointment.
How Long Do Facial Fillers Last?
As a general rule, dermal fillers can usually last for about 12 months at a time. There is some flexibility in the longevity of your results based on the exact facial fillers being used, the area that is being treated, and your baseline amount of skin volume. For example, some fillers can produce results that last for 18 to 24 months, while others may only last for 6 months at a time.
For the Cheeks
Fillers that are formulated for the cheeks typically last the longest. These fillers frequently last for 18 to 24 months. One of the reasons why dermal fillers in the cheeks can last longer is because more filler is used to resolve hollowness in the cheeks. Additionally, the cheeks are not a highly mobile area of the face, so there is no cellular metabolism that will break down the formula more quickly.
For the Lips
When fillers are used in the lips, these results will generally last for about 6 months at a time. Dermal fillers for the lips can be used to contour the size and shape of the lips or they can be used to smooth the appearance of lipstick lines, smokers lines, and other perioral lines. The reason why fillers placed in the lips will not last for longer than six months is that the mouth is a more mobile area of the face, which means that the filler will be burned off more quickly.
For the Nasolabial Area
Many people use dermal fillers on the nasolabial area of the face, which is the zone that stretches between the nose and the mouth. Wrinkles in this area can often be deep. The results of a filler in this area generally last for 12 months, although some fillers may be able to produce results that last for 18 months.
For Other Areas
Fillers that are used in other areas of the face or body may have different results. For example, when a filler is used on the back of the hands, the results will usually only last for 6sixmonths. Fillers used under the eyes or in the eye region also usually last for only six months.
How Do Dermal Fillers Work?
Dermal fillers are one of the most popular aesthetic treatments in the world because they are easy to use, compatible with most people, and can be completed with simple 20-minute appointments. These are injectable treatments that involve making several small injections of specialized formulas into targeted zones of the face to artificially increase facial volume.
The core of how facial fillers work is their patented formulas. Many fillers are made with hyaluronic acid, which naturally draws more moisture into the skin to increase skin volume and firmness. Other formulas may work to directly increase natural collagen production.
Will You Need a Consultation?
Yes, you will need a consultation before you use a dermal filler treatment. Because many filler formulas are highly specialized, the filler you choose must be recommended for your precise aesthetic goals. For this reason, a skin analysis with a skin expert is the best way to assess the condition of your skin and pinpoint the filler that will work best for your needs.
Your consultation will also allow us to gather relevant information about you, including any allergies you may have. We will also ask about your skincare routine, the products that you use daily, and all of your other aesthetic concerns.
What Should You Do Before Treatment?
Before any injectable treatment, you must adjust some of the medications and supplements you may be taking daily. For example, you should temporarily discontinue Ibuprofen, aspirin, ginger, ginkgo, fish oil, and vitamin E, as these can all contribute to blood thinning and can make it easier to bruise after your treatment.
Some patients like to prepare for this treatment by using Arnica Montana supplements, which speed up the natural healing processes of the body and reduce the likelihood of bruising. If you are using Arnica Montana supplements, you should take these supplements three to five days before your appointment.
What Should You Do After Treatment?
After your appointment, you will not have any significant downtime and you will be able to return to work and most of your normal daily activities, including light exercise like walking. That said, you will have a few restrictions to follow during the first 10 days after your appointment.
For example, you should not massage or roughly touch any area that has had an injection, as this can disrupt the settling of the filler formula. You should not use retinol or chemical exfoliants for at least a week to avoid skin irritation. You should also do your best to avoid direct contact with the sun, as this can also disrupt the way the filler settles into the subdermal layers of your skin.
How Soon Will You See Results?
You will usually be able to see initial results as soon as one to two days after your treatment, or even the same day of your treatment. This is because the filler formula is made with a gel that will artificially increase the volume of your skin immediately.
As the filler is absorbed by your skin, you may notice that your results seem to fade for a few days. This is a temporary part of the process and will usually only last for less than a week before you will see the restoration of your skin volume. If you’re using a filler that works to naturally increase collagen production, you may notice the final results of your treatment two to four weeks after your appointment.
How Frequently Should You Have Treatments?
The frequency of your treatment will depend on how long your results last. For the most part, people have filler appointments once a year to maintain desired results. If your results are lasting for longer than a year, then you can delay your next treatment until you notice that your results are fading. Ideally, you should schedule your next treatment appointment before the most visible signs of aging return so that your results can appear continuous and natural-looking.
Is There a Best Age for This Treatment?
You can use dermal filler treatments at any age. Many women use dermal fillers earlier in life, such as in their 20s or 30s, to contour the appearance of the face. You can use this treatment to contour the lips, cheekbones, nose, and jawline. If you’re using this treatment as an anti-aging method, then you may want to wait until you are between the ages of 30 and 50 to get the best results.
Are You a Good Candidate?
Because fillers are formulated with ingredients that are compatible with the human body, most people are good candidates for these treatments. The best way to determine your candidacy for facial fillers is to attend a consultation appointment. Candidates include people of all skin types and skin tones.
You may not be a candidate if you are currently pregnant and breastfeeding, if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in the filler, or if you have an active skin condition like eczema or psoriasis within two weeks of your appointment date.
Achieve Long-Lasting Rejuvenation With Facial Fillers
The natural aging process is unavoidable, but there are some things you can do to slow the process down or smooth the appearance of visible lines and wrinkles. Facial fillers include products such as Juvederm and Restylane. The results of dermal fillers can last for well over a year in many cases. If you think this treatment is an ideal match for your aesthetic goals, please contact Impressions Skin Solutions in Hendersonville, TN today to schedule your consultation.