Some of the top skin concerns from patients in dermatology offices are wrinkles, fine lines, and deep creases -- which all show signs of aging. So it makes sense that among cosmetic treatments, dermal fillers are the most popular. But how can you invest in them discreetly so that it’s not obvious you’ve had injectables? Read on to find out how to keep things looking as natural as possible.
Dermal fillers have been all the rage for the past decade or so, and for good reason. These cosmetic treatments were once reserved for the rich and famous but have now become more affordable, accessible, and widely offered to everyday people.
Dermal fillers are an FDA-approved, highly effective way to reduce and relax fine lines and wrinkles, especially in the facial area. However, one mistake made by many -- including celebrities -- is making it too obvious they’ve received dermal fillers. In order to avoid this mistake, you need to focus on two key factors: choosing the right provider and receiving the correct treatment.
Did you know that injectables can be administered outside of dermatology offices? In fact, med spas and even individuals claiming to be clinicians can distribute dermal fillers. For these types of critical cosmetic procedures -- particularly in areas so visible like the face -- it’s crucial to choose a reputable, well-vetted provider.
Dermatology offices employ board-certified medical professionals who are trained and tested on administering procedures properly and maintaining a sanitary environment. Always look into your provider’s background, education, and training. Do a web search and ask the provider about their experience.
Most reputable dermatology professionals will provide before and after images in their marketing materials, but in case you don’t receive these, ask for them. You’ll want to see exactly the types of results you can expect from this provider. And trust your instincts: if it doesn’t feel like a good fit for you, it probably isn’t. There are plenty of other providers out there.
Like all cosmetic treatments, dermal fillers vary from brand to brand. Some brands, like the Juvederm dermal filler, are made of hyaluronic acid. They serve to hydrate and moisturize the skin. Juvederm is a fantastic choice for lip augmentation and nasolabial folds, and it’s particularly good for anyone receiving injectables for the first time, since it tends to produce less swelling.
The Perlane dermal filler is best suited for deep nasolabial folds or restoration of cheek volume. The Restylane dermal filler is ideal for nasolabial folds, mouth corners, and hollows under the eyes. Both of these are also made of hyaluronic acid.
It’s important that you talk to your dermatologist about your options and consider their recommendations. You can expect to receive multiple treatments. Dermal fillers typically last for six to 18 months, and you’ll want to move at the recommended pace of your provider. Keep in mind that while dermal fillers are relatively unnoticeable when administered skillfully, if you’re also combining them with other types of cosmetic treatments -- like a face lift, brow lift, or fillers in multiple places on the face -- people will likely take notice that you’ve had a procedure done.
Interested in discussing dermal fillers and the specific timing of treatment that’s right for you? Contact The Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery for an appointment. Our board-certified specialists can discuss your cosmetic treatment options and administer injectables in our offices.