Surgery can be scary, and it is ok to admit that.
There are countless people out there who are perfect candidates for plastic surgery but will never get it because it’s invasive. Many people are nervous about surgery, even when it is completely necessary. Elective surgery is just too big a step to take. Thankfully for these people, non-surgical cosmetic procedures are getting more and more refined every year.
There are now many excellent non-surgical alternatives to procedures such as facelifts and liposuction. The results might not be quite as long-lasting as with plastic surgery, but the improvement will still be quite noticeable. One of the most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedures used today is dermal fillers.
Dermal fillers are used to help restore fullness and volume in the facial area, while also filling in deeper wrinkles. As we get older, we start to lose the layer of subcutaneous fat in our faces. As we lose this layer, wrinkles in areas where the facial muscles are constantly working (mouth, eyes, forehead) start to look deeper, our lips lose their fullness, and the contours of the face begin to look more severe. By injecting dermal fillers, a doctor can restore this lost volume and fill-in wrinkles, restoring a youthful look without the need of a face or neck lift.
There are many different kinds of dermal fillers on the market, each with their own strengths and weakness. Three of the most popular are Sculptra, Juvederm, and Restylane. Juvederm and Restylane are gels made from hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring sugar found in the skin. They are both considered to be very safe and work wonders at filling in wrinkles and adding volume. Sculptra, made from poly-L-lactic acid, is used more often for volumizing the face, rather than filling in wrinkles.
Before you decide to get treatment, talk to your doctor about his choice of dermal filler, why he prefers it, and any potential complications that could occur during or after the procedure.
Compared to similar plastic surgery options, there are a number of drawbacks to dermal fillers. The procedure should not be painful, as a topical skin anesthetic should be applied prior to injection, but the fillers only last for a period of four to six months. As the fillers are made from naturally occurring substances, your body will slowly and safely absorb them over time. This means that you will need to go back to your doctor every few months to get another treatment. Some people find this very frustrating, but there can be advantages. Regular trips to your plastic surgeon means that they can keep an eye on you, recommending additional procedures when necessary.
Dermal fillers also pair very well with another non-surgical wrinkle-reducing treatment, BOTOX. As the use of BOTOX also requires regular treatments, you can usually get them both at the same time. They can really give you a great facial rejuvenation when used together.
Even though there is no real “recovery period” following a dermal filler procedure, you are likely to experience some bruising in the areas where they were injected. You can minimize this bruising by avoiding most painkillers (Tylenol is ok) and physical activity after treatment. It will take a few days for the dermal fillers to fully set, so you won’t see your full results for about a week.
Dermal fillers can provide an effective and noninvasive alternative to plastic surgery. If you feel uncomfortable about the idea of invasive procedures, or you are just starting to get into the world of plastic surgery, dermal fillers might be the perfect way to dip your toe in. If you fall in love with your results, perhaps a more permanent solution might be in your future. In the meantime, ask your doctor about some of the noninvasive cosmetic procedures they offer and enjoy your rejuvenation!