Dermal fillers have become one of the most popular cosmetic procedures available in the U.S., and for good reason too. For many, dermal fillers are the perfect Botox alternative. But is it too good to be true? Better yet, will it make you look plastic? Let’s break down dermal fillers and find out.
To answer simply, no, dermal fillers will not make you look unnatural. If done by a professional, dermal fillers can accentuate your features rather than attempting to create a new look.
Dermal fillers are injectable “fillers” that are injected into various areas of the face (and sometimes hands) to plump them up, making your face look young and full. These injections treat problem areas that have wrinkles or sagging skin. This includes dermal fillers under eyes and on the forehead, corners of the mouth, and most popularly, the lips. Dermal filler injections are typically made up of hyaluronic acid and lidocaine. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the body that provides lubrication to the joints, eyes, and skin. Scientists have figured out a way to synthesize hyaluronic acid for cosmetic purposes. It has been put in facial products like wrinkle creams and skin serums. Hyaluronic acid can even be purchased as a powder so you can create your own serum or lotions. The added lidocaine helps to numb the injection area so the patient feels little to no discomfort.
Many people fear the use of dermal filler injections because they believe it can give them an unnatural look, similar to Botox. There is a major difference between Botox and dermal fillers. One of the largest differences is the fact that Botox injections are filled with a toxin that paralyzes the muscles in the face. It is this paralysis that keeps you from making certain expressions that create wrinkles. Unfortunately, the inability to express yourself is often what creates the unnatural look many people are worried about.
Dermal fillers, however, are made from a synthetic version of a natural substance. So instead of paralyzing the face, it simply adds to the amount that’s already present and fills out the face naturally.
For example, many women and sometimes men get dermal filler injections in the lips. When done delicately, this can plump your lips just enough to give you a thicker pucker without making your lips look unnaturally large. The same goes for injections around the mouth. Also known as laugh lines, the parentheses creases around the mouth can make a person look considerably older. Dermal filler injections fill in these areas to puff out the crease, creating a naturally younger look.
Though dermal fillers typically give you a natural look, choosing the right dermatologist to administer the injection is imperative.
If you are in Cincinnati, Ohio, then you’re in luck, because our experts at The Dermatology Group can help create a natural look with popular dermal filler brands like Juvederm or Sculptra. Give us a call today!