As we age, natural collagen begins to break down; and when combined with exposure to weather, pollution, stress, and other external irritants, our facial volume and elasticity decrease. Collagen provides fullness, suppleness, and vigor to young skin. Wrinkles, facial creases, and sagging skin result from the loss of elasticity and volume which causes the skin to lose its youthful appearance.
Also, with age, our faces are shaped, in part, by the movement of our facial muscles, resulting in the formation of permanent lines on the forehead, between the eyebrows, along with the sides of the eyes, around the smile. Regardless of the stage of life, facial expressions, especially repetitive ones such as frowning or eye crinkling while smiling, lead to the formation of these lines.
Dermal fillers are intended to enhance a person’s facial aesthetics including reducing the appearance of wrinkles and softened facial creases, boosting facial fullness, augmenting shallow contours; plumping lips; and rejuvenating the skin. At Johns Creek Dermatology, we offer several types of dermal fillers:
Each type of filler material performs differently, and results have a varied lifespan. All soft-tissue fillers facilitate increased volume to facial skin. However, no single filler works comprehensively for all areas of the face. Dermal fillers are particularly effective in softening and filling nasolabial folds and marionette lines. Fillers appropriate to lip enhancement are area specific. Only certain fillers can be injected in the lips to achieve desired results. The “liquid facelift” procedure employs the use of multiple types of fillers for different facial areas to improve the entire facial aesthetic. In this procedure, soft tissue fillers are administered via injection to targeted areas. Dermal fillers are safe if used correctly. They are generally simple to administer, and the results last for a significant period of time. As well, dermal fillers provide cosmetic results that can be reproduced from treatment to treatment.
Although the results of dermal fillers are not equivalent to cosmetic surgery, these treatments are minimally invasive and offer a less costly alternative to cosmetic surgery, results are immediately noticeable, and there is little or no recovery period or downtown following treatment. The injection process usually is completed in just a few minutes per site for wrinkles, although very deep lines and scars may require more than one treatment to achieve the desired results. To keep you comfortable a topical anesthetic may be used to numb the area, but for patients with extremely sensitive skin or where deeper injections may be required, a localized injectable anesthetic may be administered. A thin needle is employed to inject the dermal filler into the targeted area where a reduction in wrinkles or fullness is desired. It is normal to experience some brief minor discomfort initially, and possibly a little swelling, particularly around the lips, but most patients are able to immediately return to work or engage in daily activities.
Depending on the specific filler being used and the target area, you can expect results lasting from 3 months to five years. The shortest result life is typically associated with collagen-based products, while hyaluronic acid based fillers tend to last from six months to one year. The lip area typically has the shortest duration of results, and the nasal labial fold area maintains results for periods up to one year. It is important to remember that effective results are due more to the injection technique than the type of filler being used. This is why Johns Creek Dermatology, a reputable, experienced specialist in cosmetic dermatology, can provide you the best in care and technique.
Wrinkle Inhibitor Injectables or Neurotoxins
Wrinkle inhibitor injectables are frequently used to reduce the look of lines by inhibiting muscle contraction, the underlying cause of the lines. To make use of these relaxing effects on the underlying facial muscles while preserving your natural facial expressions Johns Creek Dermatology offers the following non-surgical wrinkle inhibitor injectables:
The injection treatment procedure generally takes about 15-20 minutes. Specific muscle groups are targeted based on characteristics of the lines, the location of the problem area, the strength of the underlying muscles, and your desired outcome. Results may be managed to create a completely smooth aesthetic, or varied levels of mobility may be retained. The injections slowly reduce muscle activity and prevent muscle contractions, thus softening the expression lines. Treatment is temporary and will last approximately 3 months.
Each patient is unique; therefore, results will vary.
To find out more about how dermal fillers and injectables help restore a youthful appearance, schedule a consultation with Dr. Timani today. Our office serves patients in the Metro Atlanta area and the surrounding communities of Roswell, Milton, Sandy Springs, Buckhead, and Alpharetta.