A face lift is a surgical procedure in which excess facial skin is removed, skin is (in most cases) tightened, and skin is re-draped around on the face and neck areas. But facelifts tended to result in faces that were very taunt and not natural-looking, creating a stiff and almost-unmoving look to the face. And while useful in eliminating wrinkles and fine lines, face lifts are not able to revitalize the face with youthful roundness and fullness as the procedure inherently takes away from the face rather than add something to it.
Not long ago, in order to attempt to recapture a youthful look of the face, women had two options: a face lift or face creams, lotions, and the like.
And, as we all know, facial creams and lotions are very hit-or-miss and can only do so much to ward away the fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging of the skin.
But, to women everywhere these days, there is good news: dermal fillers. Dermal fillers, also known as injectable fillers, are temporary substances that are injected into areas of the face by a plastic surgeon in Albany in order to plump and liven up dull, thinned out faces. Dermal fillers are often referred to as “liquid facelifts” for their ability to mimic facelifts, but without the surgery or the downtime needed for recovery. There are currently a variety of different dermal fillers available for use: Juvederm, Restylane, Sculptra, and more.
Juvederm is composed of hyaluronic acid, a substance that is very commonly found in the human body within muscles, skin, and tendons. It is a dermal filler that is most effective at correcting the wrinkles, fine lines, and other signs of aging around the corners of the nose down to the corners of the mouth. It can also be used to perform lip augmentations as well as fill in hollow holes and scars left by incidences of acne and the like.
Restylane is the first hyaluronic acid dermal filler to enter the cosmetic products market with FDA approval. It is most commonly used for lip augmentations, filling in of wrinkle and fine lines around the mouth and the nose, and for the elimination of crow’s feet (the wrinkles around the corners of the eyes).
Sculptra in Albany is a dermal filler created using polylactic acid, which is both biocompatible and biodegradable, meaning that it should not cause allergic reactions within patients’ bodies. It has had most successes in treatments of facial lipoatrophy, which is a condition in which patients lose fat in their faces, mainly in the cheeks, eyes, and temples areas.