Generally speaking, one cannot be too old or too young to benefit from dermal fillers – this, like any other cosmetic treatment, only requires that you’re in good general health. While age is more or less irrelevant, what is worth considering are your aesthetic goals, your current aesthetic state, and whether or not a dermal filler is the best way to achieve them.
The best way to proceed is by consulting with a qualified medical professional who understands that everyone’s anatomy is unique, and thus all cosmetic treatments are similarly unique. The treatments you receive should be tailored to your personal needs – everyone is different.
Many patients have found that these non-surgical cosmetic enhancements are an excellent treatment for facial rejuvenation, which simply means to return the face to a more youthful appearance. However, younger patients often find benefit in dermal fillers too – particularly beginning in the early to mid-thirties, as “mini” treatments can substantially reduce the onset of natural, age-related wrinkles, creases, and facial folds. Furthermore, it’s important to note that facial rejuvenation treatments are appropriate and common for both women and men. In fact, more men than ever are opting for dermal filler treatments – at all ages.
Benefits of Dermal Fillers
For many recipients of this kind of treatment, the primary benefit of most dermal fillers is that they’re temporary and non-invasive. In general, a patient can expect the results of their dermal filler treatment to last from nine months to two years, depending on the kind of filler used and where it was injected.
While plastic surgery is permanent (for the most part), these non-surgical and non-invasive treatments can be used to enjoy near-immediate effects without any lasting changes. Of course, if the patient likes the outcome of a dermal filler, he or she can opt to have the treatment redone at the time that the effects begin to fade.
A common concern held by some patients is that after the effects of a dermal filler wear off, the wrinkles or lines on their face will return in a deeper or more prominent form. The good news is that this is a total myth – once the filler has been reabsorbed into your body, your facial features will return to their previous state.
Common Uses for Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers can be used for a variety of applications, but are usually focused on the face of a patient. The natural ageing process tends to reduce the amount of fat and collagen found in the face, and a dermal filler is a way to restore volume to areas of the face which need it the most. Creases in the face, including the chin, nasolabial folds (the lines from the nose to the mouth), forehead, and at the corners of the eyes (“crow’s feet”) are all examples of facial areas that are likely to show age – and are great zones to benefit from dermal filler treatment.
Dermal fillers may also be used to augment a patient’s lips for a fuller, more plump appearance. If there are depressions underneath the eyes, a dermal filler treatment can help reverse this. In many cases, dermal fillers are used to hide scars on the face, generally from past cases of acne or chickenpox. Finally, as the fat in the face shifts and decreases with age (and the effect of years of gravity), dermal fillers may be used to contour or “round out” areas of the face that need it, particularly cheeks or temples.
To learn which kind of dermal filler is best for you and your unique goals, schedule a consultation with a qualified medical professional. These individuals are trained to answer the questions specific to your anatomy and how to provide you with the best possible treatment.