When Dermal Fillers Become the Enemy

Historically, we have viewed aging as a sort of enemy; a stealer of our youthful appearance and vibrancy. As knowledge and technologies have evolved, we have seen several new approaches to aging come about. Where we used to have surgical procedures alone to correct the signs of aging, we now have a wide variety of dermal fillers, neuromodulators, and skin-tightening treatments from which to choose. As you may have heard, dermal filler treatment is among the most popular methods of addressing the signs of facial aging. In most situations, this can be a good thing. However, we must take care not to turn dermal fillers into just as much of an enemy as aging itself.

What Dermal Fillers Do

Dermal fillers, of soft tissue fillers, are products that add volume to tissue. Many of the most popular dermal fillers are made with hyaluronic acid. This chemical is made in the body and operates by binding to water molecules. Lines and creases like those that form around the nose and mouth can be smoothed by inserting hyaluronic acid beneath them. Here, the chemical binds to water molecules and pushes the crease upward. Initially, dermal fillers were used primarily for wrinkle-reduction. Now, they are used to increase the volume of the lips, reduce the appearance of undereye bags, contour the cheeks, and augment the chin, jawline, and nose.

The purpose of dermal filler treatment is to restore a more youthful appearance by smoothing lines and increasing natural-looking volume where it is lost through the aging process. The problem is, dermal fillers are chasing a problem that continues to worsen over time. Not only does the dermis lose volume, but the skin also gets thinner with age. When fillers are used as the only solution for these problems, there is a risk of overfilling at some point. You’ve seen the effects of too much filler. Examples include “duck lips” and a generally puffy face. To ensure this doesn’t happen, patients and their doctors must recognize fillers as an excellent solution but also just one of many ways to address the signs of aging.

At Luxurgery in NYC, we are interested in preserving natural beauty. We use a variety of approaches to achieve this, and dermal fillers are only one of several options. To manage aging, it is necessary to manage the production of collagen. It is also necessary to address the signs of sun damage. These goals can be met with techniques like microneedling, injections of Sculptra, with dermaplaning, laser skin resurfacing, and more.

We have a comprehensive menu of services to address the signs of aging by getting to their source. To see which treatments are best suited to your needs, call (212) 508-0000.

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