From skincare to surgeries, there are a lot of different treatments out there that can help you look younger. You can even create a naturally younger-looking face with dermal fillers. Fillers work much faster than skincare, but they’re not as invasive or dramatic as going under the knife.
However, at this point, many of us are aware that dermal fillers don’t always look good. Sometimes, they can give the face an artificial or puffy appearance, which most of us would rather avoid. If you’d like to achieve a naturally more youthful look, here’s what you need to know about dermal fillers.
How do dermal fillers work?
Dermal fillers are gels that are injected under the skin, to add more volume. It’s commonly used for deep wrinkles, to plump up the lips, and to add a bit more fullness to the cheeks.
In the United States, only registered nurses, physicians, and physician assistants are allowed to inject them. The FDA has approved the use of dermal fillers made of hyaluronic acid (HA), calcium hydroxylapatite, and poly-L-lactic acid.
HA is by far the most popular because it can be adjusted to different consistencies for different treatment areas, and it’s identical to the hyaluronic acid that the human body produces naturally.
Can dermal fillers make you look younger?
When done correctly by a highly-trained provider, dermal fillers can definitely make you look younger!
The best areas to treat for a more youthful look are the following:
- Deeper static wrinkles that cannot be treated with Botox alone.
- The cheeks, if volume-loss has occurred with age.
- Under the eyes, to camouflage dark circles and plump up hollowed areas.
- In the nasolabial fold.
- To the lips, in order to address age-related volume loss and to erase vertical lines around the lip line.
Additionally, there’s also research that shows that hyaluronic acid fillers can actually stimulate collagen and elastin production, to naturally give the skin a firmer appearance in the long term.
Can dermal fillers make you look older?
There’s a very fine line between filler that makes you look youthful and filler that makes you look odd.
At this point in time, dermal fillers have become very common, but, unfortunately, so has bad filler. We’ve come to associate obvious and overdone filler with age. While dermal fillers won’t necessarily age your face, others may perceive you as being much older than you really are just because they can tell you’ve had it done.
Some doctors also theorize that getting filler at too young an age might stretch out the skin. This only applies to more permanent filler materials like calcium hydroxylapatite, as opposed to the much more common hyaluronic acid-based ones like Juvederm and Restylane.
Where should I go for natural-looking dermal fillers?
To guarantee that your fillers end up making you look naturally younger, it’s important to choose the right medspa and the right provider.
You want to go to a salon like SEV Laser where the nurses on staff are not just licensed and highly trained, but they actually spend most of their day providing aesthetic services. That way, they’ll have the experience needed to inject just the right amount of filler in the right place.
You can look at Yelp and Google Maps to read reviews of salons in your area, and to see patient photos. Additionally, it can be useful to look at the salon’s gallery for before and after pictures. It’ll give you an idea of the injector’s style and technique since taste levels really vary even when it comes to dermal fillers.
Finally, once you’ve actually booked your appointment, make sure to take your time and explain to your provider what your goals are. A great nurse will be able to put you at ease and give advice specifically tailored to your personal goals and needs.