Dermal fillers have come a long way from the earlier silicone-injection varieties favored by aging stars and fading celebrities. In many ways, it has been a medical and aesthetic revolution, providing new options to patients who seek facial rejuvenation without the risks, recovery and time commitment of surgery.
Here, trusted plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Galiano reviews the latest product options and techniques available to his patients in Chicagoland and throughout the Midwest.
Dermal fillers rejuvenate the face by building volume to fill lines and hollows, often by tricking the body into producing more collagen at the site of the injection. Collagen is the natural fountain-of-youth protein that adds strength and flexibility to the skin.
Injections require just a few office visits, or sometimes a single session. Juvéderm Volbella is especially popular for adding volume to lips and erasing fine lines. Vertical lip lines and so-called marionette lines respond well to Juvéderm XC, which requires only one visit to achieve results that may last the entire year.
Smile lines and more noticeable wrinkles can be effectively treated with Radiesse Volumizing Filler, a gel containing hydroxylapatite microspheres. Another effective gel is Restylane. Its key ingredient, hyaluronic acid, smooths fine lines quickly and conveniently, with results that last six months or more.
Belotero Balance similarly uses hyaluronic acid to smooth skin and target deeper lines and folds. Juvéderm Ultra is a gel that reshapes your facial profile by building volume. It’s a great way for your plastic surgeon to add contours and balance to your expression. As your face gains volume, the resulting tightening smooths out wrinkles.
Brighten Tired Eyes
Bellafill, Restylane, Juvéderm and Perlane can improve the appearance of the under-eye area by smoothing out the skin, eliminating bags and erasing the tired look that sagging skin produces.
Dermal fillers are an effective way to treat dark circles, as well. Loss of volume and thinning skin exposes blood vessels under the skin, giving the area a darker appearance. Injecting a dermal filler provides a cushion that compensates for the thinner skin and loss of fat.
Even as dermal fillers have steadily gained in popularity throughout the decade, traditional injectable muscle-relaxants are still the preferred choice for many patients. Injections of neuromodulator-type medications, including Botox, Jeuveau, Dysport and Xeomin, smooth deep facial folds and wrinkles by soothing muscle tension below the surface, allowing the skin to relax and drape smoothly across your complexion.
To learn more about injectables and facial rejuvenation, schedule a personal consultation with Chicago plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Galiano. Please call (312) 926-4382 or request an appointment online today.