More than 1 million men and women annually use injectable fillers to smooth out wrinkles and give skin a refresher. Because it has been around for so long, the procedure is carefully regulated and guaranteed to provide results.
Lip filler and other injectables are simple and easy ways to make patients look young and feel great again. And while they may not be for everyone, they can provide a real benefit to those interested.
To help make more informed decisions, let’s explore how lip fillers work and why we might need them to begin with.
What Happens to Our Skin as We Age?
Science is doing a better job at keeping us alive longer. And though our bodies are feeling great, human skin shows its age.
After the age of 20, about one percent less of collagen is produced in the skin each year. Collagen helps our skin looking youthful by filling it out and holding it together. As we lose collagen, we lose the glue in our face, so to speak.
That’s when the fine lines and wrinkles come out.
To battle the apparent aging of our skin, scientists developed more than a few injectable treatments. You may have heard of Botox? Botox, an injected neurotoxin, can treat forehead creases, brow furrows, and crow’s feet.
Botox works differently than other injectables. The neurotoxin effectively stops muscle signals from reaching certain portions of the skin, causing fine lines and wrinkles.
For the sake of this article, we’re going to leave Botox behind and look only at those injectables and lip fillers that replace lost materials. (Botox isn’t a filler; it’s more like a relaxer.)
How Do Injectables Work?
As we mentioned above, injectable dermal and lip fillers (or skin fillers) have been around for ages. They can:
- Make thin lips plumper
- Bring out the natural features of a face
- Lessen the shadows around eyes
- Improve the appearance of scars
- Help reverse wrinkles and skin creases
- And decrease or remove apparent age marks, among other things
The process of receiving a dermal or lip filler is quick, safe, easy, and painless for the most part.
Hyaluronic acids (HA) are created by our bodies and are made up of a gel like substance. HA can be found between cells in our bodies helping things stay together. As we get older, though, we lose those acids and the signs of age become easier to see.
Procedure: A filler to replicate or replace the glue of our skin is injected with a very tiny needle. The slight discomfort of the injection has been compared to a small bee sting. Administers may take around 10-20 minutes to complete the process.
Why Choose Lip Fillers?
For those that are considering lip fillers or any other type of injectable, here’s a quick rundown of why you should consider them:
1. They’re Not Permanent
A lot of people may get a little uneasy about doing permanent work on their face. The great thing about lip fillers is they fade over time, giving you the opportunity to consider new procedures or simply keep what you have.
Depending on the injection, the effects will fade over a matter of months to a year or so.
2. They’re Reversible
Let’s say that a patient undergoes a procedure but immediately afterward decides they don’t like it. It’s not irreversible!
Some procedures have counter injections that can nearly-immediately reverse the work that has just been done.
3. Can Be Used Alongside Other Products
If a patient is looking to get more than one procedure on their face at a time, lip fillers and other injections can be used simultaneously.
Sometimes to get the desired effect, more than one injectable is expected to be used on the face. This is actually an okay thing!
4. There Are Options to Choose From
There is more than one way to get rid of signs of aging. A physician should ultimately be the one to suggest which type of injection is used to achieve a certain result. However, they can explain how each works and provide options.
- Juvederm Ultra
- Restylane Silk
5. Quick Procedure, No Recovery Time Needed
Some might be hesitant at the idea of going under a procedure that takes a lot of time to recover from. If you’re trying to look better, why should you go through a Phantom of the Opera phase?
You don’t have to. These procedures nowadays only give a little irritation and have a very low chance of slight bruising.
6. Effects are Immediate
No need to worry about waiting around for better skin or fuller lips. The chemicals in cosmetic injections react quickly with the cells beneath the skin and provide an immediate result.
7. Procedures Don’t Require a Scalpel or Anesthesia
There’s not a lot of pain associated with injections, and for the slight sting of the injection, doctors can give topical numbing solutions. Better yet, a knife will never have to cut into the skin to achieve great results.
Injections that help fill in and smooth out age marks are safe and easy and don’t require a lot of strain on the body.
The Best Way To Look Young Again
The list of reasons why we suggest these procedures could go on and on! There are a lot of myths floating around about lip fillers and injectables, but just know they are safe in the right hands and have been tested for many years.
For those who would like to know more about procedural options, check out our practiceand read about our services.
At Atlanta Face and Body, we ensure that patients are educated and informed about their options. We strive to provide the best experience for turning back the clock to youthful, invigorated skin.