You may already be familiar with the wonderful world of dermal fillers; from freezing wrinkles and deep lines to plumping the lips, to reshaping the jawline, dermal fillers offer a variety of solutions to whatever beauty concern you may have.
While the benefits I listed above are some of the most popular uses for dermal fillers, it seems every day there is a new development and a new area that can benefit from a quick little injection.
We all know about the importance of maintaining a healthy collagen and elastin supply in our face, it helps us retain our youthful firmness and makes our skin supple, nourished and balanced. As we age collagen and elastin naturally decrease and our bodies are unable to produce them at the same rate as it did in our youth, this leads to sagging, wrinkling, creping and an altogether reduction in skin quality.
Collagen and elastin are present in every inch of our skin, which means the effects of collagen depletion affect the skin all over your body. One area that has been neglected over the years is the earlobe. Often a telltale sign of age, earlobes begin to sag and the skin appears thin as we age. This process can be sped up if you wear long dangling or heavy earrings. Many women and even men are often discouraged by the appearance of saggy earlobes and try to cover them with their hair or scarves and hats.
Up until recently the only way to correct saggy, thin-skinned earlobes was to get a surgical procedure that essentially cut off excess skin. Today, dermal fillers can do the same thing without knives and surgery. Hyaluronic acid-based fillers are gently injected into the earlobe to create volume filling the earlobe back up. The increased volume also reduces the appearance of sagging and wrinkles and lines that form around the earring hole.
When most of us think of fillers we think of the face, but have you thought about using them to combat receding gum lines? A growing number of dentists are recommending their patients that are a little insecure and self-conscious about the growing space between the bottom of their teeth and their gum line. This area often referred to as the ‘black triangle’ becomes more noticeable as we age and our gums naturally begin to recede a little. By injecting some dermal filler into the gum at the tooth line the appearance of space is reduced leaving a more youthful smile.
Very few of us escape adolescence without a scar and Acne has been the perpetrator of more than a few of those scars. Pitting, cratering and enlarged pores are often the result of adolescent or adult acne run amok. Even after getting acne under control or finally outgrowing it, scars, hyperpigmentation, and uneven complexion can deplete your confidence.
Dermal fillers derived from Hyaluronic Acid can be gently injected into the scar to fill in pits and pockmarks leaving a smooth, even and balanced complexion.
Let’s face it surgery is scary, especially surgery on your face; not to mention on the one appendage that is responsible for letting you breathe. Rhinoplasties (nose jobs) are a complicated and exact procedure that is easily botched (no pun intended) and can leave the recipient feeling extremely self-conscious and aware. With the latest generation of dermal fillers you can reshape the tip of your nose or add some volume to the bridge without undergoing invasive nasal surgery. The best part is if you aren’t 100% happy with the results you aren’t stuck with them forever like a nose job. Nasal dermal fillers wear off after roughly 6-12 months.
Liquid nose jobs are also a good idea for people who are thinking about getting a surgical nose job. You can see what the results might be like without spending a small fortune and permanently be changing the look of your face.
Aside from wrinkles and thinning skin, aging hands are among the chief complaint of aging women. Because our hands are more exposed to the environment and extreme temperatures they are often among the first parts of the body that show signs of aging. Thinning skin revealing veins and tendons can make your hands look older than the rest of your body. Age spots and skin creping also age the hands beyond their years.
Using longer-lasting dermal fillers can reduce the appearance of aging in the hands and will last for as much as a year. The latest generation of long-lasting fillers also contains Lidocaine which makes injecting them into the skin virtually painless. On average each hand will need roughly 5-7 injections to restore the youthful appearance.
One of the most popular and best kept secrets about dermal fillers is their ability to reverse the signs of aging on the elbows and knees. These areas often get overlooked when we think about an anti-aging skin care program; however dehydrated elbows and knees often show signs of aging long before the rest of our bodies.
Dermal fillers can deeply hydrate the skin in these overworked areas and add volume to the area removing deep folds and wrinkles. Despite this being considered an “off-label” use for dermal fillers, the use on elbows and knees has become extremely in demand in recent years.
Deciding on the right for your knees and elbows depends on the thickness of the skin. Thicker skin can use thicker fillers which tend to last longer, while those with thinner skin should use less viscous dermal filler.
Did you know you can reshape and contour your face in less than an hour by simply targeting your chin? A powerful profile is anchored by a strong chin, unfortunately not all of us are born with the chin of Clark Kent or Jennifer Lopez for that matter, so balancing out our face and adding some volume to our jawline and chin with dermal fillers is a safe and effective option. After assessing your skin and face and finding out your goals and expectations your dermal filler injector will then gently inject the filler into the chin and along the jaw adding volume and smoothing texture.
The most recent generation of dermal fillers is also packed with hydrating factors that can nourish and promote healthy skin, an added benefit of reshaping your face with fillers.
High heels are beautiful and can make the person wearing them feel more confident, sexy and beautiful, but what most high heel lovers won’t tell you is how incredibly uncomfortable and even painful these stiletto wonders can be.
It’s been a well-known secret in Hollywood that for red carpet premieres and log photo shoots a few shots of dermal fillers in the bottoms of your feet can relieve the pain associated with high heels. Dermal filler injections in the feet can also help with areas where you experience pressure alleviating some of the stress your feet experience every day.
As we have seen dermal fillers can work from the tip of your nose to the bottom of your toes, but (no pun intended) you can also use dermal fillers to enhance, shape and contour your behind. Of course, Brazilian Butt Lifts and Fat Transfers are often the most sought-after butt enhancement procedures more people are opting to avoid the knife in favor of a needle of dermal filler. The subtle, enhancement that dermal fillers offer is much more natural-looking than complete implants or large fat transfers. There is also less risk of complication, less downtime, and less pain. Unlike invasive surgery, there are no downtime or recovery period and dermal filler injections last roughly 2 years when injected in the derriere.
In addition to these 9 uses dermal fillers are also being used to increase the girth of penises in men, and the size of Gspots in women to increase sexual function and pleasure.
The medical aesthetic world is constantly evolving and changing, thanks to the demand of informed patients and an increased amount of R&D investment we can expect to see a number of new products, treatments and technologies hit the market over the next five years, add to this more diverse uses for dermal fillers.
New You offers a full range of Botulinum Toxin A (Botox) and dermal fillers that can do everything from erasing deep wrinkles to re-contour your chin, to find out more or to book an appointment schedule a consultation today.