What Is Facial Shaping and Revolumizing ?
Prematurely aged face can make you appear older, more tired, and less excited than you really are. Many external factors can lead to premature aging such as stress, smoking, sun exposure, and diet and exercise. For years, your skin has been blamed for your tired and aged appearance to your face. It appears now that volume loss to your face also contributes significantly to the aged appearance. Fat cells begin to disappear which can lead to a saggy skin and can create hollowness. The most obvious areas for volume loss are the temporal, cheek, and the area under your eyes. Now new dermal fillers can help replace volume that you have lost to restore a more natural appearance to your face.
Fat grafting has been used for many years to replace volume lost in the face. Fat is the ideal choice as excess fat is readily available and is relatively cheap to harvest. Another advantage of fat is that it is replacing what has been loss and is long lasting. The main disadvantage of fat is the lack of predictability. No matter what technique is used to harvest and restore fat, your body will reabsorb some fat. This can lead to unevenness. Traditionally, several treatments were required to achieve the desired volume. In addition, there is some discomfort to the fat donor site area.
Dermal fillers are more predictable and reproducible than traditional fat grafting. They can be placed place in any location that fat grafting was done previously. The best areas are the cheeks, area under your eyes, temporal and lips. The procedure is usually done in the office with topical anesthetic agent. The procedure takes several minutes and the down time is minimal. Bruising and swelling are the two most common side effects. Most swelling will resolve in a day or two.
Dermal fillers today give you immediate results. The fillers are temporary and last anywhere from six month to five years. Although most patients may be looking for a permanent solution, your face will continue to age and change. Dermal fillers are more flexible as additional fillers can be added at a later time if more volume is desired. The volume may also be needed in a different area as you age.
Reproducibility of results is another advantage for dermal fillers. Patients can count on getting similar results every time another treatment is needed. Additional products can correct any unevenness.
Who Are Good Candidates for Facial Shaping and Revolumizing?
Patients with facial volume loss due to ageing, sudden or extreme weight loss or certain medical problems such as facial asymmetry or droop can benefit from treatment and those who wish to enhance the size and/or shape of their lips.
Dermal fillers are a great option for replacing volume to your face because they are immediate, predictable, reproducible, and forgiving. In addition, all of the dermal fillers, except silicone, are temporary. This, however, can be a disadvantage if you like your results as additional treatments will be necessary.
How Is a Facial Shaping and Revolumizing Procedure Performed?
Revolumizing can be performed in a number of ways, including fat transfer from another part of the body, or simply with dermal fillers. Dermal fillers offer the advantage of being a minimally invasive procedure with little or no downtime. They can be used to reshape and revolumize the face and return the youth to a face.
What Can Facial Contouring Do for You?
- Fill in wrinkles and folds
- Smooth out forehead lines, crows feet and frown lines
- Lift and enhance flat or sunken cheeks
- Straighten jaw lines and restore volume to sunken jowls
- Lift and contour eyebrows
- Reduce hollows, bags and dark circles under eyes
- Hydrate and enhance lips
- Lift corners of mouth which may be sunken
- Define chin
- Restore facial symmetry
Dermal fillers are now the choice for non-surgical revolumization of the face. There is a range of fillers available with differing thickness and longevity of effect. This means that various fillers can be used in different areas of the face, depending on the type of correction needed and the volume that needs restoring.
Treatment usually involves the use of an anesthetic, either topical, injected or a dental nerve block to the area to be treated. Treatment times vary depending on the amount of fillers required and the areas treated, but generally take from 30 to 60 minutes. After treatment, it is possible to apply make-up if applicable, and to go about your normal activities. We usually ask you to refrain from heavy exercise however, as this may increase the chance of any bruising.
How Long Does a Facial Shaping and Revolumizing Injection Last?
It is important to bear in mind that the overall treatment may take more than one session to get the best results. The first treatment lays the foundation for the subsequent treatments, and future treatments allow for any adjustments to be made. It is also important to understand that the first treatment session is the most detailed and requires most product to be used. There are a number of temporary dermal fillers available lasting from 4 months to 2 years.
What are Side Effects of Facial Shaping and Revolumizing?
There are usually some temporary side effects post-treatment, including redness, swelling, asymmetry and bruising.