What is it that makes you look old? Have you ever asked yourself that question? Often times, as we start to notice our face aging, we will look in the mirror and try to figure out what exactly it is that’s different about our face now than the way we looked when we were in our twenties and early thirties.
The first culprit that everyone picks at are wrinkles. It’s true that when a person ages, they develop wrinkles on their skin. Some wrinkles are static, meaning that they are there all the time regardless of our facial expression. Other wrinkles are dynamic, meaning that they come and go depending on the facial expressions we make.
As much as people like to focus on wrinkles, they are not the primary culprit when it comes to what makes us look old. In fact, it is the loss of facial volume that can make a person look a lot older than they really are. Proof of this can be seen when you look at photographs of individuals who have lost a lot of weight as a result of diet and exercise. As they lose the weight in their face, they start to look a lot older than they did when they had the additional facial weight.
Really, a young face has what cosmetic professionals refer to as the triangle of beauty. To understand what is meant by this, you can imagine a triangle that starts at a person’s chin with the left and right extremities being on the person’s cheeks. An individual with a younger face will have fuller cheeks, which in turn makes them look attractive and young.
However, as we age and as we lose our facial volume, that triangle of beauty turns upside down. Instead of having full, healthy-looking cheeks, we start to develop an accumulation of fat and skin underneath our jowls. The area around our cheeks and our temples lose their volume, and we start to look a lot older.
This is where dermal fillers come into play. Dermal fillers are designed to restore lost facial volume. There are a lot of different brands of dermal fillers, but they all basically work on the same principle. As a base, the majority of dermal fillers have hyaluronic acid. This is a product that our body naturally produces. Unfortunately, as we get older, our body produces less of this acid, and the moisture in our skin diminishes.
Hyaluronic acid does two things. When it is first injected into the skin, it adds volume. Second, it sets a process in motion whereby the body will continue to add moisture to the face, making the results of the dermal fillers last for many months.
With dermal fillers, you see the results immediately. Some static wrinkles that are caused by the loss of facial volume disappear. You go from having a sunken appearance to having an appearance that is fuller. In some instances, dermal fillers can take years off your overall look.
If you’d like to learn more about dermal fillers, we encourage you to visit Fine Arts Skin and Laser in Dover. Contact us today to schedule your consultation to see how these injectables can benefit you.