You've probably seen ads for dermal fillers and how they give you a more youthful appearance, but you might not know for sure how they work. If you're concerned about sagging skin and wrinkles, talk to a dermatologist or visit a medical spa to learn more.
You can get fillers when you're young and just beginning to show signs of aging. You can also get them when you're older and trying to avoid cosmetic surgery for as long as possible. You can have fillers put in your face, neck, earlobes, and hands. Here are four ways a dermatologist can use dermal fillers on your face.
1. To Fill Scars
If you have pitting scars on your face from acne, chickenpox, or an injury, your dermatologist might be able to use dermal fillers to plump up the scar so it is less noticeable. They can do this by injecting the filler gel underneath the scar pit to lift the pit to be even with your surface skin.
Some fillers also help rebuild collagen in the scar so it fills in and heals. Since fillers are usually temporary, you'll need to have the injections repeated as often as your dermatologist recommends to keep the scar hidden.
2. To Plump Your Lips
If you've always wanted plumper lips, ask your dermatologist about having dermal fillers injected into your lips to make them fuller. You might have the injections put in over time so you eliminate concerns with overfilling.
If you still have reservations about how you'll look, ask your doctor about using hyaluronic acid fillers that can be reversed with a second injection. If it turns out you don't like plump lips, the doctor can return them to their usual size.
3. To Fill Deep Wrinkles
If you have deep wrinkles that run from your nose to your lips, dermal fillers might be able to help. Your dermatologist can make injections into the wrinkle furrow that plumps your skin to make the wrinkle more shallow or disappear completely.
Deep wrinkles are much harder to eliminate than shallow wrinkles, and many cosmetic treatments don't help the deep lines very much. The exception is dermal fillers. However, you'll need to have the injections repeated when they start to wear off so you can maintain a wrinkle-free look.
4. To Improve Eye Hollows
If you have eye bags, deep tear troughs, or hollows under your eyes, you always look tired, depressed, or ill. Everyone may experience dark circles under their eyes occasionally, but when under-eye problems persist, talk to your dermatologist to see if fillers would help. Fillers can be injected to fill in troughs and hollows to make you appear well-rested and more youthful.