As we age, it is inevitable to experience signs aging such as wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin. With help from dermal fillers patients can enjoy supple, voluminous skin with fewer wrinkles and lines, affording them a more youthful appearance. Radiesse, Restylane, Versa, Restylane Lyft, Restylane Defyne, Restylane Refyne, Restylane Kysse, and Restylane Contour are all fillers that we offer at Deja You Medical in Navarre, FL.
More About Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers restore volume to the skin, lifting it so that folds and lines are filled out. They can be used all around the face to treat concerns such as sunken temples, receding chin, jowls, and hollow cheeks. With FDA approval and minimal downtime required afterward, this treatment has quickly become one of the more popular options for those looking for an anti-aging treatment for their skin.
The Impact of Losing Hyaluronic Acid
Humans naturally produce a compound called hyaluronic acid, or HA, which is responsible for bringing moisture and hydration to the skin. It also is an important part of the body’s production of proteins such as collagen and elastin, which work to keep the skin supple and spring. As humans age, however, their production of HA slows down. This leads to more coarse, rough skin that begins to sag, folding in on itself to create the creases we recognize as wrinkles and fine lines.
While age is the primary cause of a decrease in HA, genetics and lifestyle factors can speed up the process. Drinking alcohol, smoking tobacco, sun damage, fluctuating weight, and even air pollution can cause a person to lose HA at a far faster rate than others. This is why practitioners tend to recommend the treatment to anyone over 21 who struggles with sagging skin; age is not the sole determinate of whether a person might seek out cosmetic rejuvenation.
Giving the Skin New Hyaluronic Acid
In these kinds of treatments, a synthetic version of HA is used as the key ingredient in a gel substance. This gel is injected under the skin using a very fine needle, and once in the body, the HA seeks out water molecules and binds to them; HA is a rather astounding compound in that it can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water. The HA then carries this water back to the skin, immediately hydrating it so that it becomes soft and smooth. The new HA also kickstarts the body’s production of brand new collagen and elastin, which develop in the weeks after treatment.
Types of Fillers
Deja You Medical offers the entire family of these products. While all of them are gel formulations of HA, they each work slightly differently to achieve a specific function. For example, the original is used to add volume and fullness around the face, smoothing out moderate to severe folds and wrinkles. It’s most commonly used to correct nasolabial folds, which are the lines that run from the corners of the nose to the edge of the mouth. It’s also used to plump up the lips.
As well as treeing facial folds, this product is approved for both cheek augmentation and contour deficiencies around the middle of the face. It provides fullness to the cheeks to achieve the “apple” roundness that’s become incredibly popular in the last few years, as well as restoring volume that’s been lost and resulted in a hollow look. Lyft contains lidocaine, which works to reduce discomfort during the injections.
This specifically-formulated injectable is used around the mouth to reduce the appearance of laugh lines, nasolabial folds, and marionette folds, which run from the corners of the mouth down to the chin. Natural-looking results mean patients don’t have to worry about what they look like as they smile or even pucker their lips. This is thanks to the unique cross-linking formula of the gels used in this product suite, which creates a highly organic, authentic look.
A gentle, thinner gel, Defyne is the ideal product for those who want a natural look. It works to smooth out deeper lines and in particular those around the mouth. Some patients want to maintain their privacy following treatment, so the natural results of this treatment are often preferable as there are no striking, drastic changes to the face. Instead, patients appreciate that they look refreshed and brighter with a reduction in lines.
As the name suggests, this treatment is used on the lips. It doesn’t just create fullness, but can even out rough textures caused by wrinkles and can reduce the density of wrinkles across the lips. Some patients find that their lips have gotten smaller because of a loss of volume over time, while others have always struggled with thin lips. So whether a patient is looking for anti-aging solutions or simply more softness and plumpness, the Kysse gel may be a suitable option.
This cheek and chin filler creates flexible volume that still moves naturally as the patient smiles and moves their face. It’s popular with patients who want their facial movements to look “unworked on” and don’t fundamentally change the structure of their face. It’s apt for people who struggle with dynamic wrinkles, ie the wrinkles that become more pronounced with movement, but don’t want to risk the “frozen” look that Botox or other neuromodulators can sometimes cause.
In this treatment, natural-looking results are achieved thanks to Versa’s unique particle structure. The gel, on a micro-level, has a tiny, spherical structure, which on a normal scale means it’s incredibly smooth, translating to subtle yet effective results. It has a higher molecular weight than some other HA-based products, which some believe helps the treatment last longer. It’s used to treat similar areas around the face, including the cheeks and tear troughs.
Uniquely for a filler, this product doesn’t use HA as its key ingredient, but rather something called opaque calcium hydroxyapatite. These are calcium-based microspheres that make up a thick gel that, when injected, dramatically firms the skin and stimulates the body’s production of new collagen. In this way, it achieves similar results but may be optimal for someone prioritizing firmness over hydration. It works excellently on pre-jowl folds, smile lines, and on the back of the hands.
Look and Feel Your Best
Dermal fillers like those mentioned above are a safe and effective way to achieve younger-looking skin without having to undergo surgery. Patients only need one session, plus an initial consultation, to achieve significant results that last for up to two years following treatment, and although there is typically little to no downtime afterward, we do recommend scheduling your treatment at least 2 weeks prior to any special events. Patients are invited to have regular follow-up sessions to maintain their results. Certain medical conditions, plus things like pregnancy, may render a person an unsuitable candidate for treatment.