As you age, it’s normal to see a decline in collagen production and a loss of volume, resulting in sagging, wrinkles, and a hollowed appearance. But fear not, because Dr. Cecil Yeung and our team at The Yeung Institute in Houston, Texas, offer a nonsurgical solution that actively reverses these signs of aging: dermal fillers.
Here, we take a closer look at how cosmetic dermal fillers work to restore lost volume and help stimulate collagen production, giving you a rejuvenated and more youthful appearance.
Understanding dermal fillers
Dermal fillers are gel-like substances that we inject beneath your skin's surface to add volume, smooth out wrinkles, and restore facial contours. They fill in areas that need a little extra volume 一 hence the name.
This is in stark contrast to neurotoxins like Botox®. Neurotoxins gently relax muscles that form dynamic wrinkles, but they don’t address any volume loss. However, you should know that dermal fillers and neurotoxins can be used together to address multiple issues and complete your look.
Fillers are composed of different materials, including hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxylapatite, and poly-L-lactic acid. Hyaluronic acid fillers are the most common due to their excellent safety profile and natural-looking results.
How dermal fillers work
Dermal fillers give you a more youthful appearance because they restore lost volume and help stimulate collagen production.
Restoring lost volume
Wrinkles may be a well-known sign of aging, but they aren’t the only visible changes. As you age, the volume of facial fat diminishes, causing it to clump up and shift downward. Your cheeks might seem hollow, and your once smooth and tight skin loses its firmness and begins to sag.
Additionally, as fat accumulates in other parts of your face, particularly the lower half, you might notice saggy skin around your chin and the emergence of the dreaded jowls.
The best way to address jowls is with a neck lift, but if you’re not ready for surgery, dermal fillers can restore lost volume in your cheeks or lips and correct depressions along your jawline to even out your facial appearance.
When strategically injected, the filler gel adds structure and plumps up the targeted area, reducing the appearance of lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. Common treatment areas include the cheeks, lips, temples, nasolabial folds, and under-eye hollows.
Collagen is a protein that provides structural support to your skin, making it firm and elastic. Unfortunately, collagen production slows down as you age, leading to a loss of skin elasticity and firmness.
Dermal fillers can help reverse collagen loss, further enhancing the rejuvenating effects. Certain types of fillers, such as those with poly-L-lactic acid, work by triggering your body's natural collagen production process. Over time, as collagen levels increase, your skin becomes firmer and more youthful-looking.
Benefits of dermal fillers
There are many reasons why cosmetic dermal fillers are so popular. You might consider dermal fillers because they’re:
If you’re not yet ready for plastic surgery, dermal fillers can give you a boost without any surgical incisions or intense downtime and recovery.
Dr. Yeung personalizes your treatment plan based on your specific needs and desired outcome. He can adjust the type and amount of filler used, as well as the injection technique, to achieve natural-looking results that enhance your unique facial features.
Additionally, fillers can complement other procedures or treatments, such as Botox injections.
Longevity and safety
Cosmetic dermal fillers offer immediate results with minimal downtime. The effects can last anywhere from several months to over a year, depending on the type of filler used and individual factors.
Additionally, modern dermal fillers are safe, as they’re biocompatible and biodegradable. Adverse reactions are rare, and any side effects — such as redness, swelling, or bruising at the injection site — are typically mild and temporary.
Boost in confidence
Dermal fillers provide you with a revitalized and youthful look, empowering you to embrace your enhanced features with confidence.
Get started with dermal fillers today
Cosmetic dermal fillers are a remarkable solution for restoring lost volume and helping to reverse the effects of collagen loss, providing a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance. These nonsurgical treatments offer a safe and effective alternative to invasive procedures.
If you're considering dermal fillers, schedule your consultation at The Yeung Institute to discuss your goals and determine the best treatment plan for you. Request an appointment online or call us at 713-795-4885. Boost volume and self-confidence with the help of dermal fillers.