Dermal fillers are used to plump and smooth the skin on the face, resulting in a more youthful appearance. They’re often used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, though they may also be used to plump lips or make the face look fuller. Unlike Botox, which acts as a muscle paralytic, fillers literally fill out hollows under the skin for a near-instantaneous effect that can last anywhere from a few months to up to a year. Fillers may contain hyaluronic acid, synthetic plumpers, collagen, or fatty tissue removed from another area of the body.
Understanding the Risks
As you may be aware, dermal fillers are an excellent way to provide a temporary fix for lines and wrinkles on the face. However, recent studies indicate that repeated, long-term use of deep tissue facial fillers can cause permanent damage or harm the lymphatic system in your face. It’s important to be aware that the decision to use fillers should be part of a short-term treatment plan and that they’re not advised for long-term use.
There are long-term solutions available for improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles that are safer and longer-lasting. A facelift is facial surgery that lifts and firms up skin as it ages, helping patients appear more youthful. Excess skin is removed, facial muscles and deep tissues are lifted and tightened. Over time, skin loses elasticity and the subcutaneous fat that gives facial features that plumper, younger look begins to disappear. Most patients see these signs of aging in the form of saggy facial and neck skin, or noticeable wrinkles. Besides a facelift, facial implants are another option. Unlike temporary injectable fillers, implants are a permanent solution for filling out wrinkles and hollows beneath the skin to smooth the overall appearance.
At the end of the day, a long-term solution will ultimately be more cost-effective than paying for repeated temporary treatments, and according to the studies, it will be better for your overall health. If you have any questions about the treatment plan that may be right for you, you can contact our office via online form or a phone call to set up a free consultation with Dr. Silberg.