Dermal fillers have an excellent reputation for helping to hide the signs of aging, there are small things that dermal fillers can fix that you may not have thought of before. These are usually pretty tiny things that have a big impact—a misplaced line or an especially deep wrinkle. And there’s certainly an anti-aging aspect to such treatments.
Some Small Things That Dermal Fillers Can Fix
But such treatments are not broadly thought of as having a primary purpose to increase the appearance of youth. Instead, these procedures are designed to treat areas of the face that the patient finds particularly troubling or uncomfortable. The anti-aging aspect is essentially a bonus.
And some of these techniques and procedures can be a little surprising. Let’s take a look at some of the small things that dermal fillers can fix in a way that look natural and beautiful. It might not work for all patients, but for those who find it effective, these injections can produce stunning results.
Dermal Fillers to the Rescue
Not all dermal fillers are created equally. And that’s on purpose. In many cases, they’re designed for a specific task. The profile of that filler, then, changes depending on the task patients (and therefore surgeons) are asking it to perform. That’s why you see some fillers with larger molecules or smaller molecules and longer or shorter lifespans.
It’s worth noting that in most cases, these small fixes are temporary. Dermal fillers are designed to break down in your body over time (at least, most of them are—Bellafill is the exception to the rule). The temporary nature of these fillers allow most patients a quick, easy, and reversible way to treat a particular issue.
What Can Fillers Do?
Dermal fillers are able to treat a wide variety of issues that are not necessarily associated with aging (although, some of these issues are certainly exacerbated by aging). Some of those issues include:
- Dark Circles Under the Eyes: There are several reasons that one might develop dark circles beneath the eyes. In some cases, it’s because of thin skin (sometimes naturally occurring, sometimes exacerbated by aging). And in those cases, dermal filler injections can help make you look more rested and alert, especially when those dark circles don’t go away on their own.
- Tear Trough Lines: Sometimes it’s not dark circles under your eyes, sometimes it’s deep lines, especially around your tear trough (that line directly beneath your eyes). Deep tear troughs don’t always appear because of aging. But however they developed, they tend to make the eyes look tired, aged, and sad. There are certain dermal fillers that can be used to treat a deep teat trough line, but it’s important to be careful. The tear trough is especially sensitive, and only fillers that are properly formulated will get you the desired results.
- Thin Lips: Big lips are in these days. And when we say that, we’re not always talking about the volume of lips. That said, there are a few dermal fillers that are designed to help you increase that volume in a way that looks both natural and flattering. But there are other issues with the lips that may crop up. For example, some patients may complain that their lips look thin in terms of the thickness of the skin. Or patients might complain that their lips look excessively wrinkled. Dermal filler injections (such as with Juvederm Volbella) can mitigate the wrinkles that develop on lips and make them look full again.
Various Uses, But Check With Your Surgeon
This is the tip of the iceberg, as the old saying goes. There are so many uses for dermal fillers. They can make your hands look more youthful. They can change the shape of your nose and of your ears. They can do quite a bit. But one thing you want to make sure of is that it’s doing the right thing for you and for your body.
Everyone is going to have different requests and desires. That’s the nature of human variability. You want to make sure that you’re getting the right filler for the job. One of the best ways to do that is by consulting with your surgeon. I know that seems obvious, but no one is going to know the strengths and drawbacks of various fillers better than a medical professional.
That said, it also never hurts to ask questions and make suggestions. If you’ve got an issue that feel self conscious about, it’s important to mention those issues, to see if there’s a solution. There are plenty of small things dermal fillers can fix—but not if you don’t ask first.