Dermal Fillers for Non-Surgical Facial Rejuvenation in West Los Angeles, CA
At first glance, facial aging is nothing more than wrinkles and loose skin. Looking deeper, a more complex change has occurred, both at the skin’s surface and deep underneath. Understanding the changes your face is experiencing gives you the power to halt aging and rejuvenate facial skin. Learn about the causes of facial aging and how dermal fillers can help you retain a youthful and radiant appearance as time marches on.
Our nurse practitioners understand the changes that the skin on your face will experience. Get personalized advice about the best anti-aging solutions for your skin by scheduling a consultation at our beautiful location in West Los Angeles, CA. While we provide an overview of dermal fillers for men and women here, feel free to call our office at (310) 893-8726 or schedule a consultation to ask your specific questions.
What Happens as the Face Ages?
Aging is a slow and gradual process. At first, the changes are subtle and barely noticeable, but in time, they become more pronounced. Treatment with dermal fillers can begin when signs of aging start to occur, or any time thereafter. Many of our patients start using fillers in their 30s for wrinkles and even 20s for augmentation and plumping of areas such as the lips, cheeks, nose, and chin.
Aging isn’t standardized and many factors impact the rate of aging and how it changes your skin and appearance. Genetics are an obvious influencer of the aging process. Sun exposure, tobacco use, and diet also play key roles, affecting how and when the skin ages. The aging processes impacts both the outer layers of the skin and the supportive tissues underneath.
As the skin ages, it produces less collagen and hyaluronic acid (HA). Hyaluronic acid is highly moisturizing, and with less
HA in the skin, there is a decline in its moisture-holding abilities. The skin becomes thinner and drier, causing fine lines and wrinkles to develop. The skin’s texture also changes, becoming rougher and less elastic.
Changes in facial volume, underneath the surface of
the skin, dramatically change the shape of the face. Fat stores within the face
shift downward. As fat volume is lost from the cheeks and mid-face, it
becomes increasingly concentrated in the lower face. This volume loss
leaves the face looking deflated and increases the appearance of sagging as
the skin is no longer supported. Patients often notice hollows developing
under the eyes, and facial contours such as the jawline and cheekbones lose
their definition. As the cheeks deflate and sag, the corners of the mouth
droop downward, contributing to a sad or angry appearance.
Dermal fillers correct the facial changes in both the skin and the supportive tissues underneath. Many of the fillers we use contain hyaluronic acid. They restore this important component to the skin, helping the skin to look thicker and moisturized. Fillers build volume in the face and restore volume lost through facial aging. They can lift, smooth, and recontour the face for a more youthful and radiant appearance.
What Dermal Fillers Do Our Specialists Use for Facial Rejuvenation?
Our nurse practitioners will carefully select fillers to achieve your aesthetic goals. Many patients benefit from a combination of dermal filler treatments and other injectables, like Botox®. Our most popular dermal fillers include:
Juvederm is a versatile hyaluronic acid filler that is ideal for treating the whole face including the brows, cheeks, lips, nose and chin. This filler is a soft injectable gel filler. Results typically last 4- 7 months and occasionally up to a year, depending on the areas treated and patient genetics.
Voluma was created specifically to treat volume loss and sagging in the mid-face. It provides lift and contour to the cheek area and is one of the longest-lasting hyaluronic acid fillers we offer. Many patients enjoy results for up to 1 – 2 years with a single treatment.
Restylane is a hyaluronic acid filler, similar to Juvederm, for treating facial wrinkles and folds. It is also FDA-approved for non-surgical lip augmentation in patients over the age of 21. Restylane is long-lasting and in one clinical study, blind evaluators still saw results in 95% of patients 18 months after the initial treatment.
Radiesse provides instantaneous and long-lasting filler results. This treatment contains calcium hydroxylapatite microspheres that add volume to the skin and fill in wrinkles. Radiesse also stimulates your body’s natural collagen production over time by encouraging the body to produce its own natural collagen, albeit at a low level. As the body absorbs and processes the microspheres, your natural collagen takes over, providing results that can last a year or longer. Radiesse is ideal for down turned corners of the mouth, cheek bone augmentation, and pre-jowl folds.
Sculptra is a filler consisting of injectable poly-L-lactic acid. It works differently than many hyaluronic acid fillers. It too is a low level collagen stimulator and works deep within the dermis to revitalize collagen production and help restore the skin’s structure. After an initial series of treatments, patients can enjoy a more youthful appearance for up to 2 years. It is typically useful in the same areas as Radiesse®.
Our nurses have a deep understanding of the unique properties of each filler and will recommend the appropriate filler treatments for your areas of concern. They are a skilled injectors, known for producing natural-looking results using a variety of cosmetic injectables. Some of our nurse practitioners have even trained other nurses and physicians how to accurately inject fillers and Botox® due to their knowledge and expertise, so you will be in good hands! Cosmetic filler treatments are ideal for non-surgical facial rejuvenation or can be combined with our facial plastic surgery procedures, like a facelift. Pairing fillers with surgery often enhances results.
What to Expect from a Dermal Filler Treatment in West Los Angeles, CA
Dermal fillers are a non-surgical, cosmetic treatment. We perform injections at our office location in one of our comfortable treatment rooms. Before your first filler treatment, you’ll meet with one of our nurse practitioners. They will examine your face, discuss your concerns, and recommend injectable products. If you have questions about fillers, be sure to let us know so we can answer them before your treatment.
The injection process is quick. A series of tiny injections are made into the skin. Some fillers are injected deeply into the skin, fat, or deep onto bone while others rely on a more superficial injection. Our nurses inject patients as needed and use their aesthetic eye to place each injection where it will yield the most effective results.
Is the dermal filler injection process painful? It depends on your pain tolerance, but most of our patients describe the sensation as a quick pinch. Many of the fillers we carry contain lidocaine, a local anesthetic, in their formulation. This anesthetic numbs the area after each injection, easing discomfort and ensuring a more comfortable treatment. If not, ice works great or injectable lidocaine can be used to completely numb the area prior to injection.
Start to finish, a typical dermal filler treatment takes about 30 minutes. After your injections, you can resume your regular daily activities with few activity restrictions. Most patients will not need any downtime or time off from work, maybe just miss the gym workout for that day.
Redness, tenderness, bruising, and swelling are possible but variable, especially for the first few days. Our nurse practitioners will provide recovery instructions to help you care for the skin as you heal, but overall, recovery from dermal fillers is minimal and requires little extra care.
Ready to accentuate your assets? Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you look and feel beautiful. Schedule a one-on-one consultation with one of our highly qualified nurse practitioners today.