The natural aging process has a tendency to produce fine lines and wrinkles on our skin, which can sometimes make us look older than we really are. There are many surgical procedures that eliminate the appearance of wrinkles, such as facelifts or brow lifts, but oftentimes people don’t want to undergo an invasive surgical procedure. Other treatment alternatives, such as dermal fillers, provide Smithtown patients a minimally invasive way for you to enhance the natural qualities of your skin and promote a more youthful appearance. At Laserderm Dermatology & Cosmetic Laser Surgery, we provide a variety of dermal fillers that can help you regain the younger skin that you are looking for.
What are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers, which are also simply referred to as fillers, are liquid or gel solutions that are injected into regions of the face that seem to be accelerating the aging process. When it comes to fine lines, wrinkles and other sunken features on the face, one or more dermal fillers can eliminate imperfections and improve overall elasticity in the skin. The result is tighter, smoother skin that takes years off of your appearance. Dermal fillers are typically used to treat:
- Wrinkles and creases in the face
- Sunken cheeks
- Nasolabial folds or laugh lines
- Marionette lines
- Thin or wrinkled lips
Smithtown patients who come to Laserderm Dermatology & Cosmetic Laser Surgery are looking to restore the fullness in their faces that has otherwise been depleted due to the aging process. Dermal fillers can replenish the features in our faces that help us look younger and feel good about the way we look.
The Difference Between Fillers and Botox
Both dermal fillers and botox injections are proven to reduce wrinkles and other age-inducing features in the face, however one specifically targets muscle movement while the other fills in the areas needing treatment. Botox Injections are administered directly into the facial muscles known to produce wrinkles from years of overexertion. The injections block the nerves in the muscles and keep them from contracting and producing wrinkles in the face. Frown lines are an example of wrinkles that may require Botox since the wrinkles are a direct result of the muscles in the forehead.
Dermal fillers, however, are not injected into the muscles. Rather they are placed into the skin to fill in the wrinkles and thereby soften the skin. Both injections are completely safe and effective; the use of one over the other will only depend on the type of wrinkles present on your face.
Dermal Fillers at Laserderm Dermatology & Cosmetic Laser Surgery
Dermal fillers can achieve many aesthetic purposes depending on the imperfections you are looking to diminish. Fillers vary by chemical, firmness and longevity, and the one chosen for your skin will depend on your specific desires. At Laserderm Dermatology & Cosmetic Laser Surgery, we offer:
Restylane fillers consist of hyaluronic acid, which is a natural substance already present in the body. The acid increases moisturization in the skin, creating smoother features and fewer wrinkles. Restylane fillers are typically used to diminish wrinkles, plump the lips and lift sunken facial features. Restylane acts as a dermal filler that improves a lack of volume in the skin. Restylane is not injected into the muscles, but is instead applied underneath the skin at the site of facial lines.
Juvederm is also a family of fillers that use hyaluronic acid to restore a loss of volume in facial features. The gel is also capable of treating moderate to severe wrinkles and can provide lip augmentations. The entire system of Juvederm fillers can be used on localized areas, and treatment has been shown to last for up to a year. Because many of Juvederm’s products are of a gel consistency, the results look completely natural when administered.
For those who are just beginning to notice the appearance of fine lines on their faces, Belotero is a light dermal filler used to reduce facial lines that are more slight in appearance. It is often referred to as a filler for beginners and works for patients who only wish to improve mild imperfections on the face. Like its dermal filler counterparts, Belotero consists of hyaluronic acid, but is simply thinner than other fillers on the market.
Radiesse uses calcium hydroxyapatite to immediately restore volume to the face. The chemical compound in Radiesse induces collagen production in the skin, which is a natural healing agent that eliminates dead skin cells and replaces them with a newer and smoother layer of skin. Like Restylane, Radiesse is used to plump sunken features in the face and immediately create youthful results.
One or more dermal fillers may be used on your face to create the aesthetic result you are looking for, and during your consultation with a skin expert at Laserderm Dermatology & Cosmetic Laser Surgery, we can evaluate your skin and its imperfections to choose the filler that will enhance your natural beauty in the best way possible.
Dermal fillers are ideal for those in Smithtown who want to make improvements to their skin without committing to a permanent solution, like surgery. Although fillers do require maintenance injections to uphold their results, many patients prefer the ability to control the amount of enhancements they want administered to their skin. For more information about the dermal fillers we offer, such as their cost, risks and longevity, contact Laserderm Dermatology & Cosmetic Laser Surgery and schedule a consultation. We would be happy to help you choose the dermal filler that is going to create the most beautiful results for your skin.