When individuals experience cavities and other problems that affect their teeth, dentists use a dental fillings to repair and restore them. This helps preserve damaged teeth and prevents their loss. Dental fillings are the most common type of dental work: according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 90% of Americans have had…
What Are Facial Dermal Fillers and How Can They Help You?
Facial Dermal fillers are injectable fillers that diminish facial lines by increasing fullness immediately under the skin. By softening wrinkles and creases, this minimally invasive procedure results in smooth, plump, and younger looking skin.
When we are young our skin is like a rubber band that can be stretched but, when released, quickly snaps back into its original position. Unfortunately, this elasticity does not last forever. Our skin is at the mercy of more than one destructive force which includes the sun, gravity and time. As we get older, the depletion of subcutaneous fat and two proteins found in our connective tissues causes our skin to slacken and lose its elasticity. The result is wrinkles around our mouth and eyes, euphemistically called "smile lines" and "crow's feet". It is these wrinkles and folds that are plumped up with dermal fillers.
Facial Dermal Fillers are often used in conjunction with cosmetic dental treatments. Relatively simple procedures like bonding, veneers, and crowns can be used to close gaps, change the shape and color of a tooth, or repair chips or cracks. Because crooked, misaligned or stained teeth can play havoc with a person's self-image and cause embarrassment, these procedures can drastically improve their self-confidence.
However, plumping up thin lips, eliminating wrinkles and/or adding volume to the cheeks substantially add to the esthetic overall result of a brighter and whiter smile. And this is where facial dermal fillers come in.
How Facial Dermal Fillers Work
Dermal fillers can be either natural or synthetic. Allergic reactions to natural fillers like hyaluronic acid occur far less frequently than to synthetic fillers. However, natural fillers tend to dissipate over time, and the procedure has to be repeated every year or two. On the other hand, synthetic fillers do not dissipate. Wrinkles only return as the face continues to age.
A synthetic or naturally derived material is injected into the areas of your face that have wrinkles. This almost immediately fills in the sunken or hollow areas, plumping them up to the point where the wrinkle or fold is all but gone. The areas of the face that can be treated by a dermal filler include the deep lines that form in the space between the corner of the nose and the corners of the mouth, laugh and frown lines, under eye areas, etc.
However, it has to be noted that Facial Dermal Fillers are not the same as Botox®, which does not have the smoothing plumping effect of a filler, but works by stopping muscle movement that causes wrinkles.
A numbing cream applied a few minutes before starting the injections, will help prevent bruising and make you more comfortable during the treatment.
While there is no 'recovery' time and you can resume most normal activities immediately, you may experience some tenderness, redness, numbness, mild bruising, swelling, etc. in the treated areas. These are temporary and will pass in a few hours. Applying ice or cold packs to the affected areas helps alleviate these symptoms. You should stay away from direct sun until the initial swelling and redness, etc. have subsided.
While the effects of facial dermal fillers are quick and dramatic, they are also quite natural. You will look younger and fresher, but it is unlikely that anyone will be able to tell what the precise changes are. Your new bright smile and smooth complexion will take years off your appearance.
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