When Fillers And Injections Stop Working
Dermal fillers and injections are used to replace lost volume and keep skin plump and youthful-looking. Dermal fillers can smooth out wrinkles and restore facial fullness that happens with age. Aging leads to sagging skin and wrinkles. While minimally invasive fillers and injections can work for a short time, patients should consider a facelift to reverse the signs of aging and improve self-esteem.
How fillers and injections work
Fillers can be made from either natural or synthetic substances. Some of the most common types of fillers are hyaluronic acid, collagen, and calcium hydroxylapatite. Fillers restore the lost volume in the face with minimal downtime. Fillers can last about 6 months-2 years. Some fillers can last up to 5 years. A facelift’s effect can last even longer.
1. Loose and sagging skin
Overuse of dermal fillers can lead to filler fatigue, which causes the skin to stretch and weigh down into skin folds. Excessive filler use can end up aging the skin even more. With each filler injection, the skin becomes more droopy and misshapen. Filler can stretch the skin tissue more in older patients than younger patients with healthy and elastic skin.
2. When wrinkles begin to appear
When fillers become overused, the minimally invasive procedures that once worked stop producing results. As a result, patients may start to see heavy wrinkles in the form of laugh lines, marionette lines, and other wrinkles around the face. Surgeons can tighten certain areas of the skin with a facelift to improve the skin’s look and appearance.
3. When you want a permanent solution
Face fillers and injections can work in the short run but can become an expensive habit that begins to work against the skin. When patients have exhausted short-term solutions or have a busy lifestyle, a facelift can repair drooping and sagging skin through small incisions.
Who is a candidate for a facelift?
Patients should consider pre- and post-operative care and recovery time when contemplating a facelift. Generally, healthy individuals without any severe medical conditions are prime candidates for a facelift. An ideal candidate with supple skin and healthy bone structure will see excellent results. Finally, patients should have realistic expectations of the outcome and consult with a doctor to see if a facelift is the best choice.