As aging skin starts to lose its elasticity, static wrinkles may begin to appear. Fine lines, also known as frown lines, turn into deep creases around the nose, mouth, and jawline. At the same time, the natural production of collagen and elastin—prolific in youthful skin—will sharply decline. This often results in age-related volume loss. The skin’s taut structures become lax with diminished volume. While the early signs of aging are frustrating, not everyone who notices these changes will be ready for a surgical facelift. Nonsurgical facial rejuvenation from Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique, using the latest generation of dermal fillers, can immediately plump lines and lift the skin, restoring a younger-looking appearance for months to come. Furthermore, procedures like liquid facelifts are gaining traction as they promise rejuvenation with minimal discomfort.
Dermal Filler Choices from Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique
Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique offers a wide array of soft tissue fillers, each approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a safe method for temporarily smoothing skin and reducing wrinkles. Some treatments even include poly-L-lactic acid, a biodegradable synthetic substance. Unlike more invasive techniques, the benefits of dermal fillers can be seen right away, with no downtime necessary. Each individual dermal filler is made with a unique formulation of Hyaluronic Acid (HA) or Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaH), perfectly designed to treat specific concerns.
Dermal Filler Benefits
- Eliminate fine lines
- Smooth lines and deep facial creases
- Lift tissues
- Restore facial volume loss
- Treat deeper wrinkles and sculpt features
- Define lip borders
- Erase “smoker’s lines,” or fine lip lines
- Plump lips
- Enhance the vermilion border or “M” along the top lip
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Dermal Filler Risks
These procedures are totally safe, but if the procedure is done incorrectly, these could be potential signs of a bad filler job.
- Asymmetrical fullness: unevenly applied filler can lead to an unnatural appearance and asymmetrical fullness.
- Allergic reaction: a patient may experience an allergic reaction to the medical ingredient or liquid gel used in the filler.
- Infection: if asymmetrical fullness occurs many days after the procedure, it could indicate an infection.
- Unnatural appearance: overfilled lips can create a “duck lip” look that is embarrassing and unnatural.
- Vascular occlusion: swelling, pain, white spots, or reddish-blue coloration are signs of vascular occlusion which should be treated with hyaluronidase and/or nitroglycerin.
What Can Dermal Filler Treat?
Dermal fillers are a popular cosmetic treatment used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, as well as add volume to areas of the face. One common use for dermal fillers is to treat smokers lips, which are caused by smoking cigarettes and other tobacco products. Dermal fillers can also be used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines on other areas of the face, such as around the eyes, forehead, cheeks, and mouth. Injectable treatment options can specifically address issues like facial wrinkles and other signs of aging. Dermal fillers can also be used to add volume and definition to the cheeks, chin, jawline, and temples. Additionally, dermal fillers can be used to plump up thinning lips or enhance facial contours.
The Ideal Dermal Filler Candidate
As dermal fillers require little to no downtime, patients can get right back to their busy day after treatment. Mild swelling, redness, and bruising may be seen, although these side-effects will quickly fade. Exercise and alcohol consumption should be avoided for the first 24 hours, as these can significantly increase the chances of swelling.
The ideal candidate for injectable fillers will be in good overall health, without any active skin infections. They should understand the dermal filler process and the expected results. While dermal fillers can offer exceptional skin rejuvenation, patients with dynamic wrinkles, caused by repetitive muscle movement, should include a neurotoxin, such as Botox Cosmetic. Those with severe lax skin may be encouraged to seek out a surgical procedure, such as a facelift, brow lift, or blepharoplasty (eyelid lift).
What are The Constituents of Dermal Fillers?
- Hyaluronic Acid (HA) – HA is a type of sugar, naturally occurring in human tissues and skin. Pulling in moisture from surrounding tissues, HA keeps the skin hydrated, plumping the targeted area. HA is a gel-like formula, soft and smooth, that creates a natural cushion to plump tissues.
- Calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) – Calcium hydroxylapatite is a naturally occurring substance found in the bones. These fillers are thick and creamy, providing dramatic results that can last longer than HA fillers. Stimulating the body’s natural collagen production, CaHA fillers can offer results that last 12 months or more.
Types of Dermal Fillers
Juvederm is one of the most popular dermal filler choices, leading the way for nonsurgical facial rejuvenation. Made using a one-of-a-kind formulation, Juvederm will plump targeted tissues, smoothing mild to moderate facial lines. Juvederm can also add volume to the cheeks and jawline, creating a smooth, contoured appearance and youthful features. The benefits of Juvederm injections will last from six to twelve months before a repeat treatment is recommended.
Made to address mild to moderate facial lines around the nose and mouth, Juvederm Ultra replaces lost volume, plumps tissues, creates facial symmetry, and smooths skin. The filler is a great choice for deep creases such as nasolabial folds (from nose to mouth), marionette lines (mouth to chin), and depressions in the check area. The benefits of Juvederm Ultra can last from four to six months.
A thicker dermal filler, Juvederm Ultra Plus XC is FDA-approved for mild to severe wrinkles and creases. Providing immediate results, Juvederm Ultra Plus XC adds volume to aging tissues, lifting and smoothing at the same time. Injected deep into tissues, this Juvederm product does what superficial fillers cannot. Premixed with lidocaine for pain-reduction, Juvederm Ultra Plus XC is well-tolerated. The benefits of Juvederm Ultra Plus XC will look great for six to twelve months.
Restylane, along with its diverse product line including Restylane Defyne, Restylane Lyft, Restylane Refyne, and Restylane Silk, was among the pioneering HA dermal fillers introduced to the aesthetic market. These products, specifically crafted to cater to various aesthetic needs, provide significant improvements for moderate to severe wrinkles. Made with large HA molecules, Restylane and its counterparts can effectively target severe nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and even scarring resulting from acne or trauma. To enhance patient comfort, these fillers are premixed with a local anesthetic, lidocaine, making the injections virtually pain-free. Patients can anticipate optimal results lasting from six to nine months, after which a follow-up treatment can be safely administered.
Radiesse is a unique dermal filler, made from small microspheres of calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA), suspended in a water-based gel. This smooth formulation is perfect for targeting moderate to severe facial lines and contouring features. As the CaHa in Radiesse encourages the body’s own collagen production, the results will last from nine to twelve months, sometimes longer.
Using an advanced cross-linked HA formulation, Juvederm Volbella works wonders for mild to moderate, superficial facial lines. Plumping tissues, Volbella ensures natural-looking results for a relaxed, youthful appearance. Holding little to no chance for complications or side-effects, Volbella promises results that will last six months.
Created specifically to restore volume loss along the mid to lower face regions, Juvederm Voluma uses a thicker, smooth gel for optimal contouring. The FDA-approved filler, using Juvederm unique Vycross technology, adds shape and definition to the cheeks, under the eyes, and along the jawline. Premixed with lidocaine, the injections are considered painless. Benefits from Juvederm Voluma can last up to two full years.
Juvederm Vollure is designed to improve moderate to severe facial lines, including the nasolabial folds (running from the nose to the mouth). A thick, creamy gel, Vollure is the only FDA-approved dermal filler to smooth deep facial lines for 18 months or longer. Premixed with lidocaine, Vollure injections are well tolerated, require little to no downtime, and have minimal likelihood of complications.
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Dermal Filler Treatment FAQs
Dermal fillers are a type of injectable, created to smooth static facial lines (resulting from lax skin) and restore diminishing facial volume. Composed from either hyaluronic acid or calcium hydroxylapatite, dermal fillers will plump the skin, easing lines and creating healthy-looking contours.
If you are unhappy with fine lines, deep wrinkles, or the loss of facial volume associated with early aging, then a dermal filler may be right for your needs. Patients should be in generally good health, understand the injectable filler process, and hold realistic expectations. During your filler consultation at Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique, we will examine your facial tissues and review your medical history to determine the right treatment for achieving your aesthetic desires.
All injectables are applied in a private treatment room at Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique. Located on Richmond Avenue, not far from the Highland Village shopping district and the Galleria, our office is easy to reach from anywhere in Houston.
Overall, dermal filler injections are not considered painful. Many fillers are premixed with lidocaine, a local anesthetic, which numbs the treatment area during the injection. For optimal patient comfort, a topical numbing cream can be applied prior to treatment.
Little to no downtime is needed after a filler treatment, although some mild discomfort and swelling can be seen. Patients are free to get back to their normal activities right away, including work. Makeup can be worn immediately. However, exercise and alcohol consumption should be postponed for the first 24 hours so as to reduce the chance of localized swelling.
Dermal fillers offer immediate results, smoothing away wrinkles, fine lines, and contouring the features. However, it can take up to a week for the swelling, bruising, and redness to resolve, therefore the full benefits will continue to look better over the first several weeks.
Dermal fillers provide immediate improvements that can last from six months to over a year, depending on the injectable, the individual patient, and the target area.
Treatment with dermal fillers requires little to no downtime, meaning work and school can be resumed immediately. However, the treatment area may be mildly swollen, red, and tender at first, so some patients choose to take the afternoon off to recover.
Dermal fillers Houston is an exceptionally safe choice for restoring facial volume and smoothing wrinkles. While there is little risk for serious side-effects, there is a chance of swelling, redness, tenderness, bruising, pinpoint bleeding, and itching. More serious complications are rare, but may include asymmetry, infection, and nerve damage.