Facial Rejuvenation: Trends in Fillers and Injectables

Posted on January 1, 2016 by: Dr. Ronald DeMars

Have premature signs of aging begun to make an unwelcomed appearance on your skin? Do you long for the days when your skin was supple and wrinkle-free? If so, it may be time to consider a nonsurgical treatment with Dr. DeMars. The popularity of injectable and dermal filler treatments has been on the rise in recent years among people who seek to thwart the first signs of aging but are not ready for cosmetic surgery.

Here, Dr. DeMars takes a look at the most popular injectables and dermal fillers as well as their uses.

For Fine Lines, Wrinkles and Creases

For many patients, Botox is still the preferred choice to treat crow’s feet lines around the eyes, frown lines between the eyebrows and forehead creases. The injectable works by temporarily relaxing the muscles of the face that contract and cause wrinkles to form.

Botox is safe and effective, and you can see the results almost instantly! Often classified as a “lunchtime treatment,” Botox can be performed in less than 30 minutes and requires no downtime. This means you can enjoy looking years younger as wrinkles and lines disappear almost immediately. Botox is temporary, however, with results lasting approximately six months.

For Youthful-Looking Eyes

The eyes are the window to the soul, as the old adage goes, so it should come as no surprise that many patients desire younger-looking eyes. Botox is commonly used to treat crow’s feet and other lines around the eye area, but what about those pesky under-eye circles? Dermal fillers made of hyaluronic acid (a naturally occurring substance in the body) are a viable solution.

One such dermal filler is Restylane, which is commonly used to fill in facial areas (including underneath the eyes) that have become hollowed out with age. Restylane works by filling in wrinkles and creases, giving the skin a more supple, younger-looking appearance. The dermal filler can also be used to fill in other wrinkles around the face (such as laugh lines around the mouth) as well as adding volume to thin lips. Dermal fillers, including Restylane, are temporary and typically last six to nine months.

For Fuller, Smoother Cheeks

Over time, the skin loses fat and volume and muscle tone is displaced, causing facial areas like the cheeks and jaw line to become gaunt. If you are bothered by cheeks that have become sunken or hollow over time, Juvederm can help. Like Restylane, Juvederm is a hyaluronic acid used to add volume to the mid-face, plumping sunken cheeks and improving the appearance of the jaw line. Juvederm can also be used to treat wrinkles by filling in depressions and creases. Treatments typically last no more than 15 minutes and require no downtime.

Are you still unsure which injectable or dermal filler is best for you? Schedule a personal consultation with one of Portland’s leading plastic surgeons, Dr. Ronald DeMars. He will gladly discuss your aesthetic concerns and help design a treatment plan that will best meet your goals. Please call (503) 253-3458 today.