Most men and women consider sun safety to be an important factor in preventing premature aging. However, when it comes to treating existing concerns; sun protection efforts must be combined with an active treatment approach under the guidance of expert physicians and medical professionals to achieve a natural and refreshed appearance.

There are many dramatic changes that take place as we age. Wrinkles grow in number, and form deeper grooves in the skin. There is also a degradation of collagen and a decrease in the amount of new collagen being created. Collagen is responsible for keeping our skin plump and firm. And lastly, the bones in our face actually change shape, causing a reduction in prominent angles such as along the cheekbones, jawline, temples and eye orbit. If you are wishing to address concerns related to aging such as drooping of the skin, volume loss and wrinkles; it is imperative for these changes to be evaluated by an expertly-trained medical professional who understands the underlying skin and anatomy structures. Understanding your individual anatomical facial changes allows our facial experts to create a natural and youthful outcome that addresses an individual’s unique aging process.

Fillers are commonly used to address “static wrinkles,” which remain evident even when you’re not being expressive. These lines most commonly include the smile lines (nasolabial folds and marionette lines). Fillers are also used for facial contouring and to address volume loss. These areas include the lips, hands, cheeks, under-eyes, jawline, brow bone, temples and areas of depressed scarring.

“The process of injecting facial fillers is truly an artistry and cannot be replicated by just anyone. They must have a medical anatomy background, the appropriate physician or nursing designation, and a strong aesthetic and creative eye for balance and symmetry. They must also be expertly trained and go through rigorous preparations with industry trainers and physician mentors to build their foundation of knowledge and to achieve that expert eye.”

There are a variety of brands of fillers including Restylane®, Juvederm® and Voluma® to name a few. They are similar in composition since they are comprised of hylauronic–acid. Hyaluronic acid is a substance naturally found in the body’s cells. It allows cells to bind or “hold” water, and is responsible for maintaining tissue hydration. Over time the hyaluronic acid slowly becomes absorbed, and will disappear gradually. Because this substance is found within the body, and is non–animal in origin, there is no need for preliminary allergy testing. The main difference between the brands is the size of the molecules, which helps to determine the areas of the face or body they are most suited to correct or augment.

During treatment a topical numbing cream is applied to the skin before injection. Once the skin has been prepared, the medical specialist will inject the fillers into the areas requiring correction, using a small needle. While it is possible to get some mild bruising or swelling, it is common to return to work either the same or next day, since the downtime is normally quite minimal, depending on the volume of correction.

When researching your options for facial fillers it is imperative to be confident and informed about the details of the procedure, what you should expect after your procedure, the type of follow-up care you will receive and the overall level of injector expertise.