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By Dr Lindh

Dermal Fillers: a Fast, Non-Surgical Way to Achieve a More Youthful Appearance

Dentists receive more advanced training in the oral and maxillofacial area (the face, from forehead to chin) than most other medical practitioners. They have a deep understanding of the skeletal structures and underlying musculature of the face, as well as facial esthetics. With the extensive training and experience gained through dental school, in conjunction with training in specific cosmetic procedures, dentists are among the best equipped medical providers of cosmetic facial procedures. One of the procedures that Dr. Lindh loves to perform on his patients is dermal fillers. Let’s take a closer look at dermal fillers.

What happens to the face as we age?

Many of the visible signs of aging are the result of a loss of volume. As we get older, our faces lose fat that sits just underneath the skin. The result of this decrease in fat is that smile lines on either side of the mouth (also called nasolabial folds) and crow's feet appear more deeply etched. This loss of volume can give our cheeks a hollowed out look. Our facial skin also stretches somewhat, amplifying a tired, sagging look. Our lips also tend to appear thinner, losing volume due to a decrease in collagen as we age.

How does a dermal filler help achieve a more youthful appearance?

As the name suggests, dermal fillers can fill specific areas, restoring lost volume. Following are a few of the specific improvements that a dermal filler can achieve:
  • Reduce the appearance of deeply etched lines around the mouth and nose. These lines are sometimes referred to as smile lines, parentheses, or marionette lines.
  • Restore volume to areas of the face that appear hollowed out or sunken, such as cheeks or temples
  • Plump up lips
  • Diminish the appearance of vertical lip lines

Are dermal filler procedures high risk?

One of the reasons why more than a million individuals choose this popular rejuvenating treatment each year is because it’s generally a safe, low-risk procedure. Dermal filler injections are non-surgical and minimally invasive—two factors that immediately and significantly reduce medical risk. Also, general anesthesia isn’t required. Most patients can resume normal activities immediately afterward, with no need to “hide” as with many surgical cosmetic procedures.

How long do the effects of dermal fillers last?

The benefits of fillers typically last between 5 months and 2 years, depending on the type of filler used and the area of the face being treated.
If you’d like to learn more about dermal fillers, please contact our Plantation, FL office by calling us at (954) 581-0100 or emailing us at info@drlindh.com. Or, feel free to chat with me at your next dental visit.

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