Volume loss occurs as we age due to reduced collagen production, fat loss/redistribution, and bone loss. As the skin ages, the middle layer of skin thins due to collagen loss, reducing the skin’s ability to retain elasticity and moisture. A youthful appearance depends on having the right amount of facial fat tissue in the proper places. Facial volume loss results from redistribution, accumulation, and atrophy of fat. As skin ages, fat tissue tends to spread farther apart, resulting in fat pads to appear as separate structures. A significant loss of facial bone also occurs with aging, and without this structural support, the skin can undergo noticeable changes in appearance. We can restore that lost volume and bring back a more youthful appearance, softening the years on your face. The fastest way to replace volume is with a dermal filler, which produces instant results.
Traditional fillers are soft liquids or gels, which can be injected into the area to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, plump lips, fill out cheek hollows, and repair other facial imperfections. They work by filling the depleted space below the wrinkles, replacing lost fat. Fillers can be injected into the dermis or subcutaneous layer of the skin, depending on the type of filler and treatment goal.
Collagen stimulators replace the collagen your body naturally loses over time. They are injected into the dermis or subcutaneous layer, filling the spaces where collagen has been lost. Once collagen stimulators take effect, the newly produced collagen provides a structural framework to hold hyaluronic acid and elastin and helps restore the dermis. Hyaluronic acid attracts water molecules to the dermis and restores skin moisture. Elastin provides elasticity and helps the skin stretch.
Dermal Filler Treatments for Volume Loss
Radiesse is a synthetic calcium filler that instantly restores facial volume to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles. Radiesse is a white-based product, which means it can only be used in the deeper tissue so as not to show on your skin’s surface. Your nurse injector will work with you to find the best fit for your personal needs.
Radiesse works with your body by stimulating your own natural collagen and shows long-lasting results in many patients. The results can last up to 12 to 15 months. Click here to learn more.
Juvéderm is a hyaluronic acid filler used to treat moderate to severe facial folds on the sides of the nose and mouth – also known as parentheses lines. This is an excellent treatment to re-volumize lips that have flattened and thinned over the years and fill in the small lines around the mouth. Juvéderm’s results will last from 6 to 12 months.
Restylane: Lyft, Defyne, Refyne, & Silk
Restylane Lyft®, Defyne®, Refyne®, and Silk® are FDA approved hyaluronic acid fillers that restore volume and fullness to the skin to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. These injectable gels are most commonly used to restore the loss of natural fat in the cheeks and midface area, correcting volume loss for a more natural looking, youthful appearance. Depending on the facial area the product is applied, clients will see results lasting anywhere from 6 to 12+ months.
Sculptra Aesthetic is a poly-L-lactic collagen stimulator that is injected in a seed and liquid base deep under the muscle. Sculptra Aesthetic is made of biocompatible, biodegradable synthetic material that naturally and gradually absorbs into the deep dermis to help stimulate your skin’s own collagen production. While Sculptra is excellent for most areas of the face, lips and surface wrinkles are not a target for this particular product. Results can last up to two or more years.
For more information and to see if you are a candidate for one of our volume loss treatments, schedule a complimentary consultation with DermaHealth today.