Dermal fillers have many uses, from reducing wrinkles to changing facial contours to adding volume via lip injections. Tucson’s Ironwood Dermatology team regularly sees patients who choose fillers because they want to make a noticeable change, but want to avoid the cost and recovery time that comes with surgery. A particularly busy time of year is the holiday season, since the colder months tend to bring with them plenty of social engagements, and everyone wants to look their best—especially in the close quarters of a crowded party or family get-together with photos being taken right and left.
As with just about anything in life, dermal fillers for the holidays are all about timing.
Though the effects from fillers tend to be visible as soon as a treatment session is complete, the full desired result can take days or weeks to be revealed. This is because most popular fillers are made of hyaluronic acid, which is injected into the skin in the targeted areas. While the added volume is immediately apparent, any injection can result in light bruising and minor swelling at the site.
In the hours and days after a dermal filler injection, if you are going to show signs of swelling and bruising this is when it may become gradually more apparent, then recede and fade. By the time these common side effects have resolved, patients should be able to enjoy the results they were seeking.
Given the realities of this timing, anyone considering dermal fillers for the holidays should consider scheduling their treatment well in advance of any planned special occasions, giving the injectable plenty of time to settle and do its work. Depending on the specific type of filler used, the results can last for several months to a couple of years, so patients can rest assured that the cosmetic changes will still be visible when the presents are being opened or the champagne glasses are clinking.
Even prior to scheduling an appointment with a professional, licensed injector, patients can educate themselves on what to expect—as well as what options are available. One of the most popular dermal fillers on the market is Juvederm®, which is a line consisting of several products.
- Juvederm® XC smooths out wrinkles by adding volume and encouraging increased hydration in the injection area, typically around the mouth. This type is ideal for addressing marionette lines and nasolabial folds.
- Juvederm Voluma® XC brings increased volume to the midface region, which contours the “apples” of the cheeks by making them rounder and lifts sagging tissue, since, as structural support naturally diminishes higher on the face, the jawline can soften and jowls can form.
- Juvederm Volbella® XC is intended for very fine work, filling in small wrinkles in delicate areas, such as to the sides of the eyes and around the lips. Volbella® XC is also use for lip injections, subtly volumizing the lips themselves.
- Juvederm Vollure™ XC, like Juvderm® XC, focuses on reducing the appearance of parenthesis lines and similar wrinkles. Studies have shown that Vollure™ can last up to 18 months, while Juvederm® XC lasts a year.
Despite each of these products having a unique function, they all harness the moisturizing power of hyaluronic acid—a naturally occurring component of the skin that is abundant in a person’s youth, but diminishes over time for two reasons. The carbohydrate—affectionately called a “goo” molecule for its viscous properties—breaks down on its own and can also be destroyed by ultraviolet radiation from the sun and tanning lamps. The body automatically makes more to replace it, but even this process slows as a person ages, leading to less and less of it in the skin.
Since hyaluronic acid is known for holding water, its absence means drier skin, which means more wrinkles and sagging.
Fortunately, as noted above, dermal filler injections can reintroduce hyaluronic acid into the skin, rejuvenating the face in time for those holiday photos—or even plumping the lips in anticipation of that New Year’s kiss.
Ironwood Dermatology serves the Tucson area, offering a wide range of services, including dermal fillers. To learn more, call 520.618.1630 or go to the “Contact Us” page.