About Wrinkles and Volume Loss
There are two types of facial wrinkles, dynamic and static wrinkles. Static wrinkles are those caused by a combination of gravity and loss of skin elasticity and are typically located in the lower third of the face.
Examples of these types of wrinkles include the nasolabial folds (those that go from the nose to the corner of the lips) and marionette lines (those that go from the corner of the lips to the chin). These wrinkles are treated with dermal fillers. Please refer to the Botox section for more information on dynamic wrinkles.
The lines around your lips and the corners of your eyes are examples of fine lines. Deep wrinkles, on the other hand, are more directly linked to aging.
This is because aging not only affects the elasticity of our skin but also contributes to the gravitational pull and muscle loss that results in deep lines. Most people notice these deep lines and sagging skin in their foreheads, necks, and jowls.
For many, the sight of wrinkles and lines causes feelings of frustration and insecurity, especially amongst those who lead active, healthy lifestyles. In addition, most report feeling that their appearance suggests they are much older than they feel or otherwise appear.
While a facelift is sometimes necessary to correct excessive wrinkles, most patients start with dermal fillers as a non-invasive solution to diminish the appearance of fine lines.
Another main contributor to facial aging is volume loss. One of the first places where this can be seen is in the midface (cheeks). This loss of volume, together with the descent of the facial tissues, causes a flattening of the cheek.
The area around the mouth is also often affected by volume loss. This can be seen as the marionette lines, which begin at the outer corner of the mouth and go down toward the chin.
Another area that can suffer from volume loss is the tear trough. This is the valley that can sometimes form that runs from the inner corner of the eye down into the cheek. In older individuals, the temples can sometimes become hollow, giving a skeletal appearance to the upper face.
What Are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers in Miami are one of the most popular procedures patients request at Dr. Bustillo’s office. Fillers have been used to rejuvenate the face for many years and there are lots of safe and effective formulas on the market.
Dermal fillers are injections placed underneath the facial skin to help smooth out static wrinkles and restore lost volume. Dermal filler injections can be administered in as little as an hour, and patients can typically return to their normal activities immediately following the procedure.
Types of Dermal Fillers
Dr. Bustillo uses two main types of dermal fillers in his practice. They are both safe and effective for restoring a youthful appearance.
The first group is made up of hyaluronic acid fillers. These include Restylane and Juvederm. They are composed of synthetically produced sugars that are naturally found in the body. These last approximately six months.
Dr. Bustillo uses hyaluronic acid fillers to help correct the depressions found along the junction between the eyes and the cheeks, known as the ”tear trough,“ to correct the crease between the nose and the lips, known as the ”nasolabial folds,“ to improve the marionette lines below the lips and to fill thin lips.
The second group of dermal fillers is the calcium hydroxyapatite fillers, with the most popular being Radiesse. This filler lasts for approximately one year. Dr. Bustillo uses this filler for deep nasolabial and marionette folds and for cheek augmentation.
Over the last several years, the number and types of fillers have increased exponentially. Whereas ten years ago there were only a handful of facial fillers available, today there are over twenty, each one having different qualities. Dr. Bustillo uses different fillers for different facial areas in order to take advantage of each of the fillers’ specific qualities.
Dermal fillers Before and After Photos
* Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.
The Dermal Filler Procedure
Dr. Bustillo is well-known for his skills in achieving a natural look while performing facial rejuvenation with injectable treatments. He does this by enhancing the patient’s features and gently correcting those areas that have aged over time. You will never see exaggerated cheeks or lips coming from Dr. Bustillo’s office.
The procedure is done in the office after topical anesthetic cream is applied. Acupressure is applied by his assistant on two points that help to decrease the sensation in the face simultaneously while Dr. Bustillo places the filler injections.
The dermal fillers are administered using small needles that are as thin as a hair. This allows for a relatively fast and painless injection. A cold ice pack is then applied for about twenty minutes to soothe the treated area after the injections.
Recovery after Fillers
Patients typically can return to normal activity, such as work, in about an hour. However, they are asked to refrain from exercise the same day. The effects of the dermal fillers will be apparent immediately, although there may be some temporary swelling.
There are no restrictions after the procedure in the days following the treatment. Dr. Bustillo asks that patients avoid aspirin or anti-inflammatory medications five days before treatment to limit bruising.
While most patients do not bruise, there is always a small chance this may happen. For this reason, we recommend that patients do not have fillers done right before an important event.
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Dermal Filler FAQ
Dermal fillers are considered a minimally invasive procedure for facial rejuvenation. The fillers are placed just below the surface of the skin, to help smooth out certain types of wrinkles. Dr. Bustillo believes in placing dermal fillers subtly, to help patients achieve a more youthful appearance while maintaining a natural look.
The wrinkles most commonly treated with dermal fillers include the tear trough deformity below the eyes, the nasolabial folds that run from the nose to the lips, or the marionette lines. Thin lips can also be filled with fillers.
Dr. Bustillo does not use or recommend silicone or biopolymer injections. These types of fillers, while permanent, are responsible for serious and permanent complications for many patients throughout the world.
Dr. Bustillo only uses non-permanent dermal fillers approved by the FDA. These are extremely safe and have been in use for many years.
Minor swelling and bruising may occur. The swelling typically resolves in several hours. Rarely, the area may remain swollen for a day or two.
Why Choose Dr. Bustillo?
Dr. Bustillo is known as a facial aesthetics authority in Miami. He is a double board-certified plastic surgeon with over 15 years in practice and understands how to bring out the best in his patients. He is known for offering natural-looking results from both surgical and non-invasive procedures, prompting his patients to come back again and again.
Talk to Dr. Bustillo About Dermal Fillers in Miami
Ready to regain a youthful, brighter appearance? Give us a call today at 305.317.1961 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bustillo in Miami, FL, so you can learn more about your dermal filler options.