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Signs of aging start to appear as early as your 20s as the skin’s appearance gradually loses its fullness and smooth texture. The natural aging process, genetics, stress, sunshine and other factors all take a toll, leaving lines, sagging skin and sunken areas along the face. Dermal fillers offer a quick, nonsurgical approach to enhancing your skin’s appearance and restoring a youthful look.

Also known as “soft-tissue fillers” and “injectables, dermal fillers replace what the aging process has taken away, creating a full, smooth, fresh appearance. If you’ve been considering facial augmentation but aren’t sure which method will work best for you, we can help. Dr. Lowenstein’s nurse injector Stephanie can work with you to determine which options will produce the results you want.

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Our Aging Skin

The loss of volume and elasticity that occurs through the years results from changes in the skin’s chemical makeup. One chemical in particular accounts for the visible lines, folds and wrinkles left behind. This chemical is hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acids stimulate the skin’s collagen-producing mechanisms, which helps in maintaining a youthful look. The body’s production of hyaluronic acid declines over the years, leaving the face looking worn and tired. One of the main active ingredients in dermal fillers is hyaluronic acid. The addition of this vital substance means dermal fillers not only help augment lines and sunken areas but also support the skin’s natural collagen-producing processes. Dermal filler injectables have a gel-like consistency that’s designed to “fill” the areas of the face most affected by aging. Favorite uses for fillers include:
  • Smooth away creases around the nose and mouth
  • Add volume and definition to the lips
  • Restore plumpness to the cheeks
  • Erase frown lines
  • Smooth out lines between the mouth and chin

Same-Day Procedure

Dermal filler procedures are performed in-office and take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour to complete depending on the number of facial areas treated. Ensuring your privacy and overall comfort remains a top priority at Montecito Plastic Surgery. This level of convenience allows you to schedule an appointment that fits into your daily routine.

The procedure starts with an examination of the areas of your face being treated. Stephanie will then mark or map out the injection sites for the filler. From there, an antibacterial solution is used to clean the injection site areas.

To reduce any pain experienced at the injection sites, ice packs, cold air and anesthetic ointments may be used. These techniques make for a near painless procedure. Some tenderness and mild swelling may develop over the next day or two, but not to the extent where pain medications are needed.

Immediate Results

Since dermal fillers consist of a gel-type material, you’ll see immediate results once the procedure is done. Hollow or sunken areas around the nose and cheeks appear fuller. Likewise, folds and lines begin to smooth out as the filler goes in. Immediate results also have added benefits as far as your lifestyle goes.

If you have a special event coming up in the near future, you can time your appointment so you’re looking your best when the occasion arises. As far as facial augmentation goes, this kind of flexibility and convenience is hard to come by with surgery-based procedures. The effects of the procedure will continue to enhance your appearance as the skin’s collagen-producing processes receive a renewed boost. This means your face will not only appear fuller, but the skin’s surface will take on the smooth, moist texture of younger years.

FAQs: Dermal Fillers

  • How Do You Deliver the Results I Want?

    Stephanie will conduct a thorough assessment and treatment planning process to identify the results you want and determine what procedures will best accomplish these ends. Since each person’s condition and physiological makeup is different, these steps help ensure your safety as well as the overall effectiveness of the procedure. Feelings of anxiety are not uncommon when considering facial augmentation so feel free to ask questions and express these feelings during your consultation.
  • How Long Do the Results Last?

    The gel material that makes up dermal fillers breaks down over time, so the results are not permanent. That being so, the natural ingredients in fillers can produce positive results for three to 18 months, and sometimes longer depending on how well your skin responds to the treatment. To maintain lasting results, periodic follow-up injections will be needed. There are, however, steps you can take to protect your skin and prolong the results. Using sunscreen on a daily basis and keeping the body hydrated can go a long way towards promoting lasting results. Your injector’s expertise also has a considerable bearing on the result.
  • Are There Other Options I Can Choose?

    While dermal fillers can produce remarkable plumping and smoothing effects, if wrinkles around the eyes and forehead are a concern, you may want to consider additional enhancements to achieve the results you want. Montecito Plastic Surgery offers other non-surgical options to smooth out these areas. For instance, Botox injectables can be combined with dermal fillers to enhance all areas of the face. Botox and treatments like it follow a procedure that’s similar to that used for dermal fillers. This makes it possible to perform both procedures during the same office visit. Other techniques, both surgical and nonsurgical are also available, offering a range of options from which to choose.
  • What Sets Montecito Plastic Surgery Apart from Other Facilities?

    Montecito Plastic Surgery in Santa Barbara goes above and beyond in providing quality care inside a relaxing environment. Our facility is located on the Santa Barbara coast to ensure your privacy while still accessible within a one to two-hour drive. Considering how delicate facial augmentation procedures can be, you can take comfort in the level of care and expertise Montecito Plastic Surgery provides. Contact us today at 805-969-9004 to see how we can enhance your appearance and help you meet your aesthetic goals.

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