3 things you should. 3 you should not.
Today’s dermal fillers, also known as injectables, are wowing women and men of all ages and for good reason. They can do a remarkable job of temporarily softening or removing moderate to severe facial lines, wrinkles and folds. That being said, there are always limitations as to what wrinkle fillers are actually capable of achieving.
“To avoid any disappointment, it’s essential to help patients understand what dermal fillers can and cannot do and to set expectations upfront,” says Dr. Robert J. Smyth in Cincinnati OH, facial cosmetic surgeon specializing in rejuvenation of just the face and neck area for more than 30 years.
Here is a brief look at what Dr. Smyth feels patients should and should not expect from today’s leading wrinkle fillers, including Juvederm®, Restylane®, Radiesse® and Voluma®, as well as Botox®.
WHAT YOU SHOULD EXPECT
Treatment with dermal fillers produces almost immediate improvement. If you want to see results quickly, injections of fillers and/or Botox can be an excellent option.
Non-surgical in nature, dermal fillers cause minimal bruising if any at all. That translates into a quick return to work and activities, sometimes even the same day, for most people.
Less Invasive Introduction to Facial Rejuvenation
Think of dermal fillers as an easier entree into the world of facial rejuvenation. Even though today’s minimally-invasive surgical procedures (facelift, brow lift, upper or lower eyelid lifts, etc.) are far less of an undertaking than in the past, they still require a healing time of at least a couple of weeks and can cause the patient greater anxiety than wrinkle fillers.
WHAT YOU SHOULD NOT EXPECT
Not Total Correction
Dermal fillers cannot remove loose skin of the face or neck. They cannot remove or fully smooth deeply lined skin caused by years of sun damage or smoking. And they cannot lift sagging cheeks, jowls or eyelids.
Not Long lasting
Dermal fillers are rarely one and done. They will need to be repeated. The frequency of treatments will depend on the patient, their age, the area(s) being treated, and overall condition of the patient’s skin.
Not Necessarily Less Costly Overall (vs. a surgical procedure)
Consult with your surgeon as to what non-surgical and/or surgical procedures he or she recommends to achieve the results you desire, and get the costs for each. Then, do your math. While dermal fillers, per treatment, are less costly than a facelift for example, you have to look at your total cost over time. Which is your better choice? The one-time cost of a facelift that can last six to 10 years on average, or the cost of repeated treatments with dermal fillers over that same period of time? A common option for patients is the combination of a facelift or eyelift, along with dermal fillers as needed.
Remember when considering dermal fillers for facial wrinkles, lines and folds to…
• Discuss your concerns and expectations with your surgeon. There is a definite art to treatment. Choose someone who is highly experienced. Start conservatively –– and add more later, if needed.
• Inform your facial cosmetic surgeon/specialist of any allergies or medical conditions you have, any muscle or nerve conditions you have or have been treated for in the past, and all medications you currently take.
• Enter carefully into savings “deals”, “packages”, “parties” and pricing offers that require you to have more dermal fillers than you actually need in order to get a savings. An overdone face is not worth the money saved.
Call 513.201.8490 to schedule a complimentary consultation or appointment with Dr. Robert J. Smyth to discuss dermal fillers and all of today’s non-surgical and surgical solutions for attaining the natural, refreshed and “younger you” look you desire.