Although cosmetic surgery is as effective as it ever was, some of our patients in San Antonio prefer more subtle methods that do not drastically alter their facial contours or make their face appear “stretched.” Dermal fillers provide a good treatment choice for those who want real results that appear very soft and natural.
Dermal fillers are gels containing various ingredients that are delivered via injection to promote enhanced facial volume as a method of reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Each type of filler may work on a different part of the face or lips. Each has its own set of ingredients and works for a certain amount of time before follow-ups are needed.
Hyaluronic Acid Fillers
Hyaluronic acid is a type of popular injectable filler active ingredient that is non-animal based and created in a laboratory. It is a material that is found in soft tissues and joints. This complex sugar attracts moisture into soft tissues. In your joints, hyaluronic acid acts as a type of shock absorber to cushion harsh impacts. In your skin, hyaluronic acid acts as a form of sponge to soak in moisture for a volumizing and hydrating effect.
An injection with hyaluronic acid-based fillers can replace the hyaluronic acid that you have lost due to the aging process. It goes to work to immediately attract moisture into your skin to help diminish the signs of lines and wrinkles. These fillers can also be used to plump up the lips.
Your treatment should take between 30 and 45 minutes depending on how many syringes you require. The best filler will be chosen for you depending on what area (or areas) of your face you want treated. Our professionals may do a small test first to ensure you don’t have an allergic reaction to the hyaluronic acid.
One of the most gratifying aspects to treatment with dermal fillers is that you will typically notice immediate results. However, your results will not last forever. The injected product will gradually be absorbed by your body, and at some point, you will need maintenance injections so that your skin remains nice and smooth. We can help you develop a personalized treatment plan so you will know exactly when you should come back for a touch-up appointment.
If you are a resident of San Antonio who is intrigued by dermal fillers and would like to experience what they can do for you and your skin, feel free to visit Westover Hills Dermatology in San Antonio. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!