Dermal fillers just may be the most popular way to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and achieve an overall younger appearance. Why? Because dermal fillers have proven to be extremely effective, long-lasting, and completely safe. But what's the best way to receive natural results?
Before we answer that, let's take a closer look at dermal fillers to get a better understanding of what it is and how it works.
Put simply, dermal fillers are cosmetic compounds that are injected into the body to smooth out wrinkles and fine lines.
Dermal filler compounds are made up of a blend of collagen and lidocaine.
Collagen is a protein found in our tendons, ligaments, bones, and skin and muscles. Collagen plays a major role in the very makeup of these parts of our body and can be considered as the glue that holds all the pieces together. Collagen has also proven to aid in keeping the skin firm and supple while also providing elasticity.
Lidocaine is a local anesthetic that numbs a treated area upon application or injection. These two substances are combined to painlessly create fuller and younger-looking skin on the face, chin, and back of the hands.
While dermal fillers are widely known for delivering natural results, there are ways to ensure you get the best results they have to offer. Adversely, there are also things you should avoid to keep from hindering the otherwise positive results.
1) Find a certified dermatologist.
The most important thing you should do when considering dermal filler treatments is to find a certified dermatologist that can properly administer the injections. These are certified professionals that know how much to filler inject and where. Receiving treatment from a non-professional increases the risk of facial disfigurement which is usually caused by injecting in risky areas or injecting too much of the compound.
2) Space out your treatments.
The thing that makes dermal fillers great is that their effects last for quite a while. Depending on the brand, you may see results for up to two years. With these types of results, getting multiple treatments in a small space of time is unnecessary. Instead, follow the recommendation of your dermatologist and only receive treatment when advised.
It’s important to note that dermal fillers should not be used for extended periods of time. Over time, after the dermal filler has either been dissolved by a dermatologist or absorbed back into the body, it can leave an empty pocket in the previously injected area. People usually feel compelled to inject more dermal fillers to fill the space which will only result in making the pocket even bigger and causing the area to become misshapen. To avoid this, we recommend not using dermal fillers as a permanent (and continuous) cosmetic solution.
3) Take care of your skin.
Dermal fillers are a great way to temporarily restore your youthful look but don’t forget that you can develop natural skincare habits that can enhance their after-effects. Proper moisturization and protection from UV rays and harsh cleansers will go a long way in keeping your skin looking young and healthy, even after the fillers have worn off. Starting these habits before treatment also ensures that only a small amount of fillers need to be injected, reducing the chances of unnatural results.
4) Avoid harmful habits.
On top of developing good skincare habits, you should also avoid harmful habits like smoking, drinking, and salon tanning that causes your skin to wrinkle and lose its elasticity. The effects of these habits increase your need for dermal fillers which can lead to bigger, more noticeable pockets in the future.
If you’re considering getting dermal fillers, you can read more about top brands here. And if you’re in the Cincinnati, Ohio area and are ready for treatment our experts at The Dermatology Group are ready to provide you with all of your dermal filler needs. Give us a call today!