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Restore Lost Facial Volume With Dermal Fillers

Mar 02, 2024
Restore Lost Facial Volume With Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers are a popular treatment for smoothing out wrinkles, but that’s just part of what they do. Fillers are also good at restoring volume lost to aging, helping your skin retain its youthful firmness and plumpness. Here’s how they work.

Dermal fillers are one of the most popular cosmetic treatments, partly because they’re so versatile and effective at achieving beautiful results. Today, there are a variety of filler products, making it easier for patients to get just the results they’re looking for.

Still, despite how popular fillers are, many think of fillers as a wrinkle treatment or a remedy for thin lips. But that’s just part of what they do. Fillers are also an ideal choice for restoring lost volume — not only in your lips but in other areas of your face.

At Southwest Michigan Dermatology, our physicians are skilled in dermal filler treatments using a custom-tailored approach tuned to each patient’s unique goals. Here, learn how dermal fillers work to restore lost facial volume and maintain a more youthful appearance.

Why we lose volume

When we’re young, we tend to take our firm, resilient facial contours for granted. But as we get older, those contours start to sag or “hollow out,” due at least in part to the effects of aging.

Collagen loss

Like every organ, our skin changes with age, and many of those changes affect facial volume. One significant change is a decline in collagen production. 

Collagen is a protein found throughout your body, especially in your skin. These proteins form resilient networks that support your skin and help it look and feel firm and smooth. 

We produce less collagen as we age, and that network weakens, allowing our skin to drift downward. The result is hollows in our cheeks and under our eyes, along with an increase in wrinkles and lines.

Other factors

At the same time, underlying fat and muscle shift as gravity takes its toll. Not only can these effects lead to jowls and overall sagging, but they can leave some areas without the natural plumpness we have when we’re younger.

Genetics, illness, sun exposure, and good old gravity also play roles in volume loss and the visible effects it causes.

Dermal fillers for volume restoration

The materials used in fillers provide an immediate “boost” or lift to your skin, filling in hollowed-out areas around your eyes, cheeks, and other areas. When applied to the midface area, fillers can also provide a gentle, subtle lift to your lower face. 

Because different factors contribute to volume loss, having various filler products to choose from helps us customize your treatment for beautiful results. At Southwest Michigan Dermatology, we offer the most popular, effective fillers available, including the Juvéderm®, Restylane®, Revance® and Sculptra® families of dermal fillers.

These fillers employ a naturally occurring substance called hyaluronic acid to attract and retain moisture for added plumpness that enhances both volume and contours. Other filler injections stimulate natural collagen production. Over time, these fibers form new networks to help skin look and feel firmer and fuller.

In addition to restoring volume and providing a gentle lift to your features, dermal fillers are ideal for smoothing out lines and wrinkles, and they can be used in conjunction with Botox® injections for an all-over “mini-facelift” effect without surgery. Treatments are also repeatable to help you maintain your results for as long as you want.

Dermal filler treatment

Dermal fillers are delivered via injections. Before your filler treatment, our team reviews your goals and concerns and evaluates your facial anatomy to map out your treatment precisely.

Fillers are carefully injected using a custom approach to determine the amount of filler and other factors. Topical anesthetics can be used to numb your skin first, so you stay comfortable.

After your treatment, we provide complete care instructions. Generally, you can reduce minor swelling or discomfort with ice packs gently applied to the injection sites. Results are visible as soon as any temporary swelling resolves.

Learn more about fillers

Aging might be inevitable, but its aesthetic effects don’t have to be. To learn how dermal fillers can help you look as young as you feel, request an appointment online or over the phone at Southwest Michigan Dermatology today.