Can You Benefit from Dermal Fillers?

Aging is a process that impacts everyone as time passes. One of the most common signs of this process occurs visibly on the face: a loss of volume, an increase in folds, and more dramatic wrinkles.  If you want skin that appears more youthful, you need dermal fillers to combat some of these signs of aging. At Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery, we offer a variety of treatment options to meet every need.  What are the benefits of dermal fillers, and how can they help you? Let us walk you through the process of how these injections work!

What Are Dermal Fillers?

Before you sign up for this treatment, it is important to understand what dermal fillers are. Simply put, they are solutions that are injected into key parts of the face to restore your skin to a more youthful state. Dermal fillers are used to combat a decrease in skin volume and to minimize folds and wrinkles.  There are plenty of more invasive solutions to aging, but dermal fillers are a great first step. They are a non-invasive choice that smooths the skin without sacrificing the longevity of the treatment. While fillers do not present a permanent solution to aging, most are quite long-lasting and require only a small commitment on your part. The other benefit is that they do not have extensive downtime. Many patients experience the benefits of a dermal filler injection immediately and can go back to their regular schedule as soon as the appointment is over.

What Are the Benefits of Dermal Fillers?

Once you know what dermal fillers are and how they can help, you might be wondering why you should sign up for this service. The benefits of dermal fillers are extensive and can improve the appearance of some concerns more than others. Some of the ways we use dermal fillers at Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery include: 
  • Restoring volume to the lips
  • Reducing nasolabial folds (the lines stretching from the nose to the corner of the mouth)
  • Reducing marionette folds (the lines running vertically from the mouth)
One of the largest benefits of dermal fillers is the ability to restore volume to areas that have lost the appearance of fullness as you age.  Our board-certified surgeons will conduct every injection and can expertly use dermal fillers to soften or fill out these areas. Key parts of the face that can often benefit from this treatment include the cheeks or the temples. 

Different Types of Dermal Fillers

If you are interested in dermal fillers, you will need to consult with our experienced team to figure out which fillers are the right fit for you. We use a long list of products, each offering a unique formula based on different active ingredients. The needs of your skin will dictate which injection is the perfect fit for you.  The beauty industry has created several dermal fillers that you can use to your advantage. Some of the most common name brands are: 
  • Juvéderm
  • Restylane
  • Belotero
  • Sculptra Aesthetic
Many of these lines have multiple types of dermal fillers that can be used to treat a variety of concerns. For example, Juvéderm has four unique subtypes we can use to help you reach your aesthetic goals.  Here is a breakdown of two of the most popular dermal filler lines we offer: Juvéderm and Sculptra Aesthetic.

Juvéderm

While Juvéderm makes several products that have taken dermal fillers by storm, all of their products use an ingredient that occurs naturally in the human body known as hyaluronic acid. This enables these injections to be as compatible with the skin as possible for a more natural approach to combating aging.  The results of Juvéderm can be seen rather quickly, with some patients reporting results before they even leave the office.  Juvéderm can be used to treat nasolabial folds (Juvéderm Vollure), plump the lips (Juvéderm Volbella), improve volume in the cheeks (Juvéderm Voluma), and more.

Sculptra Aesthetic 

Sculptra Aesthetic has a unique pathway to increasing volume. Instead of aiming just to fill out the face and improve wrinkles, it works to promote collagen production in the body with its poly-L-lactic acid formulation.  The decrease of collagen as you age is the underlying culprit for volume loss. By targeting collagen production, Sculptra Aesthetic brings you an improvement in the appearance of wrinkles and facial folds, as well as fewer issues with the overall contouring of the face.  Some of the FDA-approved uses of Sculptra Aesthetic include:
  • Shallow to deep nasolabial folds (also known as smile lines)
  • Contour deficiencies
  • Overall facial wrinkles 
Because Sculptra Aesthetic improves collagen production, you may not see the results as quickly as you would with hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvéderm. However, the results of this injectable are much longer-lasting because of its collagen-boosting mechanism. Many people see the results last for up to two years with this filler.  Sculptra can be combined with other fillers if treatment is needed in areas that Sculptra Aesthetic does not help with, such as the lips.

Schedule Your Virtual Consultation

With so many dermal fillers on the market, knowing which one is the best fit for you can be challenging. Allow our team of experienced professionals at Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery to help you pinpoint which filler is right for your skin. Our board-certified surgeons bring more than 20 years of experience to each treatment.  Located in Bethesda, MD, we make getting dermal fillers as easy as possible. Contact us today to set up a virtual consultation to discuss your aesthetic goals, have your skin assessed, and come up with a custom treatment plan made just for you!