As you get older, your face and body go through a variety of natural changes, and one of which is volume loss, which is often the most common cause of visible signs of aging. As your facial tissues thin out, lines start to form around your nose and mouth and your cheeks will start to appear hollow. When it comes to replacing lost volume to help smooth the wrinkles on your face, dermal filler treatment is one of the safest and most popular treatments.
Dermal fillers are great for adding volume to your face and are commonly used for the cheeks and lips. But there’s actually many more common uses. Let’s run down the top 7 most common uses of dermal fillers:
- Adding shape and volume to your lips
- Fading away laugh lines
- Sculpting your jaw and chin
- Treating acne scars
- Adding volume to under-eye hollowness
- Rejuvenating aging hands
- Tightening earlobes
Popular Uses for Dermal Fillers
While dermal fillers are popularly known as “wrinkle fillers,” they can actually do so much more than just smoothing out the line sin your skin. Here are some of the popular uses of dermal filler injections.
Adds Shape and Volume to the Lips
Not all people are blessed with full, plump lips. And when it comes to imperfect lips, we can add aging to the equation, as the lips commonly become thinner as one gets older. This is why dermal fillers have become a favorite for patients who want luscious-looking lips, as they can truly add to lip shape and volume. Note that lip fillers aren’t always given in just one treatment session; this treatment is often carried out over the course of a few sessions. This is necessary for patients to slowly get used to the appearance of plumper lips and prevents patients from accidentally requesting too much filler, and over-plumping, before they’ve realized they’ve already achieved the perfect pump. You can look at the endless photos of celebrities with excessive lip fillers to know how unattractive and unnatural-looking over-plumped lips are.
An experienced doctor will know exactly the amount of filler that should be injected into each lip. Usually, your bottom lip will require more and a just a little may be added to the top lip just to balance things out. This helps ensure that you’ll end up with natural-looking lips and it’s not so obvious that you’ve had your lips done.
Hyaluronic acid and collagen were once the two most popular options when it comes to lip fillers, but nowadays, hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers are used more often because HA is also a powerful humectant. This means that the ingredient can attract and hold on to large amounts of water, which provides your lips an even more natural, juicy appearance.
Fades Away Laugh Lines
Laughter is indeed a great medicine, but unfortunately, it has a long-term effect on your face as it can lead to the formation of wanted lines around your mouth. These laugh lines are also referred to as marionette lines, nasolabial folds, or smile lines. Laugh lines are pretty much unavoidable as we age, particularly for people who are very expressive with their faces. Dermal fillers can help clear these lines by injecting into the actual creases seen around the mouth. The added volume and plumpness make the creases less visible and pronounced. Most importantly, keep laughing!
Sculpts the Jaw and Chin
Many people are conscious of how their chins and jawlines appear. Aging makes the chin and jawline sag over time. And many people have weaker jawlines or smaller chin, that appear disproportionate to the rest of the face, due to simple genetics. A prominent chin and jawline can really make a difference to one’s face, which is why many people are turning to dermal fillers for face sculpting assistance. Dermal fillers on the chin can stiffen the skin, create definition of the chin and jowls, minimize the look of a weak chin, and even make the chin look longer to balance one’s facial proportions. Dermal fillers on the jawline can make it look contoured and sharper, and your doctor can also inject some into your cheekbones to lift your jawline.
Treats Acne Scars
Research shows that at least 40% of those who suffer from acne end up with life-long scars. Laser treatments and chemical peels sometimes work to reduce the appearance of acne scars, but those with ice pick scars, rolling scars, and boxcar scars may require more help from dermal fillers. When injected beneath the scars, fillers can produce a lifting effect, making the skin look smoother and brighter. As a side benefit, the filler injection can also stimulate your skin to produce more collagen and elastin – further improving the smoothness of the skin.
Adds Volume to the Hollowness Under the Eyes
You may be noticing that the area under your eyes is looking more hollow as time passes by. This is a common condition that happens due to the natural loss of collagen and elastin in our faces which comes with age. Our skin loses its volume, which results in hollowness under the eyes. Injecting dermal fillers in this area can restore the lost volume and make the skin plumper, providing a more youthful appearance. Even better, dermal fillers used for this purpose can also fix dark circles, eye bags, and fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes.
Rejuvenates Aging Hands
The skin on your hands is naturally thinner and gets even thinner as we age. This makes your hands particularly prone to wrinkles and blemishes, and even a creepy, bony appearance. But fear not – dermal fillers can help make the skin on your hands look better by restoring volume immediately and making wrinkles, veins, and tendons look less visible. Your doctor will carefully inject the filler in certain areas of your hands, then those areas will be massaged afterward so they’re in place and don’t restrict the movement of your hands in any way.
Tightens the Earlobes
Though often not something we think about often, earlobes also sag with age and have fine lines and wrinkles. If you have pierced ears, these holes will also expand as your earlobes sag with age, which can look unattractive. Injecting fillers on your earlobes can make them look tighter and smoothen the lines and creases. The added volume to your lobes can also make your earrings fit better because they’ll be able to sit more tightly against your face. Fillers are injected around the perimeter of your whole earlobe, specifically on areas where the skin is thin or droopy. Only a little amount is needed since too much can make your earlobes appear swollen.