One cannot be too old or too young to potentially benefit from dermal fillers—this, like any other cosmetic treatment or surgery, only requires that you’re in good general health. While age is more or less irrelevant, what is worth considering are your aesthetic goals and whether or not a dermal filler is the best way to achieve them. The best way to proceed is by consulting with a qualified plastic surgeon who understands that everyone’s anatomy is unique, and thus all cosmetic treatments are similarly unique. The treatments you receive must be tailored to your specific needs.
Many patients have found that these non-surgical cosmetic enhancements are an excellent method of facial rejuvenation, which simply means to return the face to a more youthful appearance. However, younger patients often find benefit in dermal fillers too—particularly beginning in the early to mid-thirties, “mini” treatments can substantially reduce the onset of natural, age-related wrinkles, creases, and folds in the face. Furthermore, it’s important to note that facial rejuvenation treatments are appropriate and common for both women and men.
Benefits of Dermal Fillers
For many recipients of this kind of treatment, the primary benefit of most dermal fillers is that they’re temporary. In general, a patient can expect the results of their dermal filler treatment to last from nine months to two years, depending on the kind of filler used and where it was applied. While plastic surgery is permanent, these non-surgical and non-invasive treatments can be used to enjoy near-immediate effects without any lasting facial changes. Of course, if the patient likes the outcome of a dermal filler, he or she will need to have the treatment redone at the time that the effects begin to fade.
A common concern voiced by patients is that after the effects of a dermal filler wear off, the wrinkles or lines in their face will return in a deeper or more prominent form. The good news is that this is total myth—once the filler has been reabsorbed into your body, your facial features will return to their previous state (less the short duration of aging, of course).
For those patients who prefer natural injectables, the benefits of a filler like Juvederm or Restylane are primarily driven by hyaluronic acid, which is naturally produced by the body. Both are generally considered to be safe (although not safer) alternatives to Botox.
Common Uses for Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers can be used for a variety of applications, generally concerning the face of a patient. The natural aging process tends to reduce the amount of fat and collagen found in the face, and a dermal filler is a way to restore volume to areas of the face which need it (e.g., “sunken” cheeks). Creases in the face, including the chin, nasolabial folds (the lines from the nose to the mouth), forehead, and at the corners of the eyes (“crow’s feet”).
Dermal fillers may also be used to augment a patient’s lips for a fuller, plumper appearance. If there are depressions underneath the eyes, a dermal filler may be applied for a more cohesive facial appearance. In many cases, dermal fillers are even used to hide scars on the face, generally from past cases of acne or chicken pox. Finally, as the fat in the face shifts and decreases with age, dermal fillers may be used to contour or “round out” areas of the face that need it, including the cheeks or temples.
To learn which kind of dermal filler is best for you and your unique goals, schedule a consultation with a qualified medical professional. These individuals are trained to answer the questions specific to your anatomy and how to provide you with the best possible treatment.