07 Oct Dermal Fillers for “Pre-juvenation”
Dermal fillers are usually associated with providing volume where you’ve always wanted it or restoring volume lost due to aging or weight loss. However, at RefinedMD, we have noticed an increase in younger patients opting for fillers as a preventative measure—also known as pre-juvenation. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that 3.4 million dermal filler procedures are performed annually in the U.S. It is the second most popular minimally invasive procedure undertaken by plastic surgeons in the U.S. Increasingly, people are opting for fillers to prevent signs of aging before they occur.
It is reported that, annually, over 87,000 dermal procedures are performed on those aged 20 – 29. Unsurprisingly, the vast majority of these fillers are the popular synthetic hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers. An additional 348,180 dermal fillers sessions are performed on those in their 30s while 1.5 million are performed on those ages 40 – 54. Although fillers can’t actually stop the aging process, they can be a preventative tool in signs of aging. HA fillers plump up the skin, drawing moisture to the area, and can last anywhere from 6 – 18 months depending on the type of filler and the number of syringes/units used. Simply put, fillers can help you look younger longer, delaying the formation of some lines, wrinkles, and volume loss.
Fillers for Youth
Even though HA fillers are the most-used because of the natural-looking immediate results, there are also collagen-induction options (such as Sculptra and Radiesse) that pique the interest of some patients. Any form of collagen induction, whether filler or not, can actually improve the quality of the skin from the inside out. Combining HA fillers with collagen induction therapies is a common approach for many who want to stave off the signs of aging.
It’s also important to bear in mind that no procedure or treatment is permanent. It is typical for a person who starts getting fillers, and loves the results, to opt into maintaining these results. Maintenance injections 1 – 2 times per year on average will be needed in order to sustain that look. However, appointments are quick and easy with little to no downtime. Some swelling can occur in the first couple of days post-injection, so you will want to plan your schedule and events accordingly.
Complementing Fillers with Other Procedures
Dermal fillers are considered minimally invasive because a needle is necessary for injection. If you want a more aggressive approach, surgery may be an option. Facelifts are often one of the first plastic surgeries many people consider, but an eyelid lift might actually be what you need—it refreshes the eyes, makes you look youthful and alert, and the healing process is surprisingly quick.
There are also non-invasive procedures such as chemical peels and laser skin rejuvenation. Of course, the most non-invasive of all is right at your fingertips—upgrading to a medical-grade sunscreen. Wearing sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 every time you’re exposed to UV rays is the real secret to anti-aging. It’s never too late to start an SPF regimen or improve the one that you have. Sun damage is the leading cause of signs of aging including sun spots, lines, and wrinkles.
Botox and Fillers
Inarguably, the most-requested procedures paired together are fillers and Botox. They address two different signs of aging, and Botox is an even better option for pre-juvenation. Botox freezes the muscles that cause unwanted lines and wrinkles for six months on average. This weakens these muscles, which means it’s more difficult for you to form those lines and wrinkles in the future. Botox can also be used to achieve a lip flip or slight arch in the brows.
If you are interested in finding out more about the fillers available in our medical day spa, schedule a consultation today. Let’s work together to create a treatment plan to achieve your goals. HA fillers are an excellent way to refresh your look for the autumn with skin that is plumper and more youthful. Contact RefinedMD today by calling the office or completing the online contact form right now.