Injectable facial implants, also known as dermal fillers, wrinkle fillers or facial soft tissue fillers, are medical device implants approved by the FDA for use in helping to create a smoother and/or fuller appearance in the face, including cheeks and lips.
Hyaluronic acid is by far the safest, having been used in millions of treatments. It is skin’s own moisturizer which explains why there have been no allergic reactions associated with hyaluronic acid fillers; they act as “hydration within the skin” and can be metabolized by the body. Furthermore, clinical studies show that repeated injections can improve skin quality because of collagen building.
To consider whether a dermal filler is appropriate for someone at a rather young age (33 years), one needs to consider the full range of indications:
Fillers can also be used to enhance the breasts non-surgically. As the list of indications shows, dermal fillers are not only appropriate for someone with a mature face, but also for everyone who would like to achieve a better ratio of their facial features.
You might ask – What’s math got to do with beauty? Well, a lot. Physical attraction depends on ratio.
Our attraction to another person’s body increases if that body is symmetrical and in proportion. Likewise, if a face is in proportion, we’re more likely to notice it and find it beautiful. Scientists also believe that we perceive proportional bodies to be healthier.
The most common dermal filler applications for patients in their 20s and 30s are to correct the nose, enhance the chin, lips, cheeks or correct a tear trough. The tear trough extends from the inner corner of the eye, following a semicircular arc and transitioning to the palpebromalar groove. A deep tear trough can create a shadow that is perceived as a dark circle below the eye. It also creates a division between the lower eyelid and cheek that is an early sign of aging around the eyes.
Patients in their 30s and 40s use dermal fillers mostly for nasolabial folds, tear trough, midface and cheeks. Nasolabial folds are the two skin folds that run from each side of the nose to the corners of the mouth which can become more pronounced with aging.
For patients in their 50s and 60s, we mostly use dermal fillers for overall rejuvenation and for our Cutis Liquid Lift which is using fillers strategically on the face to replace fat pads thus restoring a youthful V-shaped face. The Cutis Liquid Lift involves injecting fillers to add volume to areas that have become hollow, lifting and re-contouring so skin looks firmer and patients look more rested.
There is really no right age for dermal fillers – it all depends on the patients’ concerns, expectations and the physician’s eye for aesthetics and ratio.
Michelle Custodio is an avid skincare blogger, always curious about skincare, research and the latest industry trends.