Dermal Fillers – A Facelift Alternative

Looking for something to rejuvenate the lower face?

Dermal fillers have been called “liquid facelifts” because they offer many of the benefits of a surgical facelift without the downtime. These soft tissue fillers can restore a youthful fullness to your face, plump lips, enhance shallow contours or soften facial creases and wrinkles.

Although they cannot help with excess sagging skin, dermal fillers can add more volume and provide immediate results at a lower cost than surgery. These treatments are not permanent, and they must be repeated to maintain that fresh, full new look.

Dermal fillers – a facelift alternative 

Some people opt to have a liquid facelift, delaying the time when a surgical facelift is more appropriate. It’s a great way to see some impressive changes and improvements in the facial appearance, such as the reduction of forehead wrinkles, until one is ready for a permanent surgical option.

The dermatologist will listen to the patient’s desired results and then evaluate the facial appearance and skin tone, examining the areas of the face to be augmented with a cosmetic dermal filler. The dermatologist will then mark strategic points that will be used as guides to the appropriate injection sites for the dermal filler and the injection sites will be cleansed with an antibacterial agent. Then a topical anesthetic will be used to numb the area.The actual injections will take just a few minutes total, and just seconds per site.The marks will be washed away and an ice pack will be given to reduce any minor and temporary discomfort.

There is no downtime with dermal fillers so most activities can be resumed right away.  Most patients experience swelling or a bit of bruising, which should fade within a few days. The treated area should not be rubbed so that the filler material remains undisturbed.

It’s important to realize that dermal fillers are not permanent and that even the semi-permanent varieties eventually require re-treatments. The way the face continues to age and how the body absorbs fillers will determine the timing of repeat treatments. If not re-treated, the appearance will return to its original condition, meaning that wrinkles and scars will return, and plumped lips will lose volume.

If you are thinking about getting a facelift but don’t like the idea of surgery, dermal fillers are a great alternative and are offered at George Wooming, M.D.’s Dallas office. Contact us to get an assessment of your needs and a recommendation for one or a combination of treatments to achieve your desired results.