20 Apr New Study Confirms Dermal Fillers Do MUCH More than Fill in Lines
Dermal fillers like Restylane, Juvederm, Sculptra, Voluma, Radiesse, and Bellafill have quickly become some of the most-requested treatments at RefinedMD. If you’re a dermal filler lover, you probably already know these injectable fillers do much more than simply fill in lines and wrinkles—but now there are studies to back up this fact. The full study was published in the February issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and shows that dermal fillers actually restore a more youthful pattern of expressiveness on the face. The study specifically looked at hyaluronic fillers (HA), which is the most common ingredient in dermal fillers.
The researchers used 3D digital stereophotogrammetry to determine exactly what changed in patient faces after dermal fillers. According to researcher Ivona Percec, “The strain reduction following filler treatment objectively conveys a dermal tightening effect, likely secondary to the volumization [sic] of treated areas.” The researchers found upon further analysis that their dynamic strain analysis might be useful in the future to plan for facial rejuvenation treatments including dermal fillers. However, until that happens, the best thing anyone can do when considering dermal fillers is to work with expert injectors who are skilled, experienced, and routinely offer dermal fillers to patients—just like your team at RefinedMD.
The Benefits of Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers, no matter which type you choose, is a minimally invasive procedure. They were originally designed to minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles by restoring fullness and volume to the face. Last year, almost 2.7 million dermal filler injection treatments were undertaken around the globe and that figure is expected to rise. However, filling in lines and wrinkles isn’t enough because the face is highly expressive. The researchers stress that “facial expressions convey emotions as well as signal characteristics such as age and quality of life.”
Understandably, dermal fillers will affect the face while it’s in motion, and the 3D imaging gave the researchers exact measurements of facial compression and stretch. In total, there were 30 women in the study between the ages of 41 – 65. All of the clients were treating lines and wrinkles in the lower face and all struggled with moderate to severe nasolabial folds. These are the lines that extend from the outside of the nose to the outside of the mouth. The women were further challenged by marionette lines, which run from the outside of the mouth to the chin.
Researchers compared these ladies’ facial strains to a control group of women aged 25 – 35 who were not treated with dermal fillers. The scans revealed that before dermal fillers, the heat maps highlighted much higher “stretch profiles” in the marionette and nasolabial area when compared to the younger women—this was no surprise. But what was surprising was what dermal fillers did.
Look Genuinely Younger with Dermal Fillers
After the patients underwent HA filler treatment, they enjoyed “significant reductions” in the strain and stretch across their entire range of facial expressions—not just in the marionette and nasolabial region. According to researchers, “That finding provides objective evidence that HA dermal filler treatment of facial lines in middle-aged women results in stretch levels more like those of younger women, in areas prone to the effects of facial aging.”
Our facial movement is indicative of a complicated relationship between our skin and the soft tissue below the surface, muscle activity, and skeletal volume. The researchers urge that, “facial dynamics should be central to the evaluation of rejuvenation treatments to produce natural-looking results.” This mimics the approach taken at RefinedMD to use dermal fillers and other treatments to enhance beauty and encourage an organic-looking youthfulness.
Are Dermal Fillers Right for You?
If you’ve been wary of trying dermal fillers because you’ve seen an overdone approach or a celebrity treatment gone bad, that’s understandable. As you can see, there’s a lot more to proper dermal filler injections than filling in lines. Dermal fillers can affect your facial expressions and, when done correctly and with precision, can actually make your expressions look and act younger. The goal of any treatment should be natural enhancement, not a “correction” of the face.
Dermal fillers can help restore volume to many places on the face and even the hands, but the professional performing your injections makes all the difference. Find out more about RefinedMD’s approach to dermal fillers by calling (408) 688-2082 and scheduling your complimentary consultation today.