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How Dermal Fillers WorkDermal fillers can smooth the appearance of aging skin without ever having to undergo plastic surgery. Avoiding surgery is always recommended when there are other options, which is what makes dermal fillers such an attractive treatment.
Dermal fillers can be used to eliminate wrinkles, fine lines, thin lips, and to plump up cheeks. Dermal fillers can also be used to improve the appearance of scars and better contour the jaw line. Some scars may not be removed with dermal fillers, but they will become smoother and less noticeable. These are just a few of the most common uses for dermal fillers. Dermal fillers can be used to fix almost any imperfection on your face caused by aging.
The dermal filler injection procedure is painless, and it can be done in a just a few minutes. The entire procedure will be done in the office, and you will be able to go home immediately after the the treatment is complete. Lakewood Aesthetics uses a series of dermal filler injections in the problem area that you want to treat, but the exact number of injections depend on the area and patient. While you can instantly return to your normal routine, you may have to avoid extended exposure to the sun for a few days.
The effects of dermal fillers are not permanent, but they do last a long time. Dermal fillers are designed to last for at least six months, but in most cases they last much longer. Getting your dermal filler injections no more than once a year is not uncommon. The length of the effectiveness of dermal fillers is different for each patient, but it is also determined by the type of injection used.
Synthetic fillers have been proven to last much longer than natural fillers. Some of the synthetic dermal fillers will work for up to three years. Natural fillers are used in patients allergic to the synthetic ingredients. Since they are absorbed into the body much easier, natural dermal fillers will probably only last six months.
While there may be side effects associated with dermal filler injections, they are completely safe to use if approved by the FDA. The approved fillers have successfully been used for many years, and you will know what side effects you should look for after the procedure is complete.
Many people who want to regain their youthful skin, regrow hair or make skin imperfections disappear are hesitant to try chemical and surgical procedures because of the risks and possible side effects. A new and effective treatment commonly called a "vampire facelift" may be the natural and non-surgical answer for all of these problems. The procedure uses micro-needles to inject the platelet-rich plasma from blood into the skin to correct a variety of conditions.
What Is PRP?Platelet-rich plasma is a substance that the body produces naturally. To obtain the plasma and platelets, a technician draws a small amount of the patient's blood and places it in a sterile tube. The tube is spun in centrifugal motion to separate the blood's components. The result is a concentrated amount of plasma that has a high number of platelets or PRP. This is used to inject into problem areas.
How Do PRP Treatments Work?The platelets are the reason why this treatment works. Platelets naturally help tissue regenerate cells and repair itself. When PRP is injected into different areas of the skin, it fuels the growth of collagen. This is a substance that helps promote elasticity and smoothness in the skin. These actions are responsible for reducing the appearance of scars, stretch marks and other skin imperfections. Platelet-rich blood also helps regenerate hair growth. People who are losing their hair and want to regrow it without spending thousands on transplants or risk using chemicals can benefit from this natural treatment.
Who Should Use PRP Treatments?People who have scars from cuts, acne scars, stretch marks, thinning hair or skin that has lost its youthful appearance may benefit from PRP treatments. A specialist can recommend a personalized treatment plan that matches each person's individual needs. Since the treatment does not involve the use of chemicals or minor surgery, its recovery time is very short. Most people return to their normal activities the next day. The procedure only takes a matter of minutes to complete. Repeat sessions may be spaced a month or two apart depending on the individual and the specialist's recommendations.
To learn more about restoring youthful skin, regenerating hair growth or reducing the appearance of scars and stretch marks, contact us to discuss an affordable treatment plan with one of our specialists.
Todd McCarty, M.D. is a leading board certified, fellowship trained weight loss surgeon with an aesthetic background located in Dallas, Texas. For Dr. McCarty, the overall treatment goal is medical and surgical weight loss as well as aesthetics to improve the face and body, as well as achieve something deeper and more far-reaching that elusive quality of self-esteem and positive self-image. As Dr. McCarty explained, “We use extensive clinical experience and innovation to deliver the latest advances in weight loss and aesthetics and have a wide range of treatments available in both of our locations.” McCarty Weight Loss Center and Wellness and Lakewood Aesthetics are two dedicated facilities to bring out the best possible enhancement in appearance and rejuvenation.