Knowing how fillers can help you look younger can demystify them a little bit. Sometimes it almost seems like dermal fillers are a kind of miracle cure. You get an injection and you look younger. But it’s a bit more complicated than that. And once you understand how they work, you might even have a better appreciation for these particular injectables.
Learn How Fillers Can Help Make You Look Younger
Dermal fillers are one of the most popular cosmetic treatment options on the planet. But how can fillers help you look younger? On some level, it seems incomprehensible that a simple injection can take years off your face. It feels like magic, like something not of this earth. But the truth is that fillers can make you look younger. And once you learn how it works, it doesn’t feel quite like magic anymore.
So today we’re taking a look at the kinds of dermal fillers that are popular and common–how they work and what they’ll do for you. This dermal filler crash course will help you familiarize yourself with your options–though, we should say that this is intended for entertainment purposes only. We aren’t doctors, so you should definitely also talk to your local medical spa about your options.
What Happens As You Age
In order to really understand how dermal fillers work, it’s useful to first talk a little bit about the aging process. The only reason that dermal fillers work as well as they do is because of gravity. That’s because gravity is exerting force on you every minute of every day. It’s pulling on your skin.
When you’re young, this isn’t a big deal. You have a ton of elastin in those days, and that helps your skin bounce back from just about anything. In your youth, your skin is like a rubber band, so gravity can pull as hard as it wants to and nothing will happen. But that’s not the case as you age. As gravity pulls on your skin, that same skin starts to stretch. And that stretched skin, over time, begins to look wrinkly.
Think of a balloon. When it’s full of air, it looks nice and smooth. But as the surface area-to-volume ratio changes (as the balloon deflates) wrinkles begin to form. Dermal fillers work by, essentially, refilling the balloon.
(At Least) Two Functions
And in that regard, dermal fillers will typically have at least two distinct functions:
- Filling Volume: Most dermal fillers, from Juvederm to Voluma to Radiesse and everything in between, are designed first and foremost to fill volume. Now, they might be specially formulated to fill specific kinds of volume in specific places (the lips, for instance, usually require special fillers). But the basic function is to fill that volume–at least temporarily. When that space is filled up, skin looks more youthful. Lines and wrinkles tend to dissipate. And the overall result is one that the patient feels good about.
- Encouraging Healthy Responses: Many dermal fillers are also specially designed to interact with your body in a very special way, encouraging the release of collagen. This collagen then goes on to help your body rejuvenate itself. Collagen can lead to healthier looking skin (and more radiant looking skin). This can actually help the results of dermal fillers look and feel as though they last longer. Every dermal filler might not make your body react in the same way (this particular collagen-based interaction is common for hyaluronic acid-based fillers), but the underlying principle is the same.
Temporary Results (Usually)
Once you’ve undergone your filler injection treatment, you’ll get to enjoy your results. Most fillers are designed to be temporary in nature because they are slowly absorbed into your body (this is the benefit of many fillers being based on chemicals and compounds already found in your body).
Most fillers will last anywhere between 12-24 months, though there are some that will last longer (and others that may last closer to six months). This gives the patient an opportunity to take that particular treatment out for a “test drive.” Anyone who likes their results can continue receiving maintenance injections at regular intervals to keep those lines and wrinkles at bay.
So fillers can and do help you look more youthful. The degree to which they accomplish that will vary wildly, depending on your situation and the filler in question. That’s why the best place to get individualized advice is from your medspa.
About the Author: Dan Voltz has been writing about plastic and cosmetic surgery for over four years. He’s constantly in touch with surgeons to ensure he’s getting the most accurate and up to date information possible.