Most people can identify good, healthy skin right away. It has the traits of being well-hydrated, elastic, tight and not overly oily. One thing that is also noticeable is skin that is succumbing to the aging process or environmental damage. This type of skin shows signs of fine lines and wrinkles, sagging skin, discoloration, dullness and lost facial volume.
Since our skin, particularly on the face, is one of the most visible aspects of our bodies, many people with damaged skin seek to have it treated to enhance its appearance. Many of these same people, however, avoid cosmetic surgery because they feel it is too risky or unnatural looking.
For these people, dermal fillers are a good option, since this treatment is non-invasive, gives good results and involves less downtime than surgical procedures. For many people, a dermal filler treatment can be as effective as many types of cosmetic surgery.
Skin and the Aging Process
Before looking at this popular treatment for lost facial volume, it is beneficial to look at why skin ages to begin with. Skin starts to age when something called collagen becomes damaged. Over time, it begins to lose its tightness, as does elastin. The DNA responsible for the production of collagen and elastin eventually becomes damaged by UV radiation, leading to the production of faulty collagen and elastin.
Another factor leading to the aging of skin is when substances like hyaluronic acid become depleted and do not absorb water as effectively. Less hydration leads to skin that becomes dull and dry and loses volume.
The main ingredient in most dermal fillers is hyaluronic acid. This substance attracts and holds water molecules within our skin cells, plumping them. Hyaluronic acid supplementation using dermal filler injections can replace this lost substance, leading to fewer wrinkles and more hydrated skin.
Think of each skin cell as a balloon. When it’s deflated, folds and wrinkles are very noticeable. When the same balloon is filled with water, most of the folds and wrinkles are smoothed out. Dermal fillers containing hyaluronic acid can help your skin in the same way that adding water to a balloon smooths its surface.
Dermal Filler Formulations
There are various formulations available for different types of hyaluronic acid dermal fillers, but basically the active ingredient is doing most of the work. Some fillers use a different gel texture, while others add lidocaine to ensure patient comfort.
A dermal filler treatment is quite simple and relatively fast. The product is simply injected under the skin and goes to work immediately, smoothing away wrinkles, hydrating the skin and restoring lost facial volume.
There is virtually no downtime associated with dermal filler treatment. Most patients can resume their daily schedule right away.
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Located in Thousand Oaks, Pierre Skin Care Institute proudly offers dermal fillers as a safe and effective way for patients to achieve their aesthetic goals. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!