In order to stay competitive in a tough economy, many professionals are seeking lunch-hour facelifts and non-surgical nose jobs. The goal is to retain a more youthful appearance without making drastic changes. By using dermal fillers, doctors can add volume to sunken areas of the face, fill in some fine lines and wrinkles, and fix imperfections on the nose like a bump or a drooping tip.
In 2010, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation awarded grants to groups who agreed to study age discrimination. Princeton received one of the grants and asked 137 participants for their opinion regarding a person named “Max.” The same character was used each time, with the same basic script, but “Max” was portrayed by three actors of different ages. In each case, the actor in his 70’s was rated negatively.
Its studies like these that make some men and women feel they need to look younger to get ahead in their career. Fillers have become a quick way to look younger without requiring any recovery time.
Dermal Fillers Used for Liquid Facelifts and Non-Surgical Nose Jobs
Most doctors have preferred fillers and are happy to walk you through the best types for your specific needs. In general, you can expect to find the following on the list of possibilities:
• Artefill is a blend of bovine collagen and polymethyl methacrylate. Because it contains bovine collagen, you must undergo an allergy test prior to its use. It’s best for filling in the crease that runs from the side of your nose to the side of your mouth (nasolabial fold), as well as the chin and jawline. Once injected, it lasts years.
• Juvederm a hyaluronic acid filler, is commonly used to plump lips and fill in hollowed areas on the face. Once the volume you desire is achieved, Juvederm can last up to one year.
• Radiesse is ideal for its longevity, lasting as much as two years. You may need to visit your cosmetic surgeon for a touch-up treatment a month after the first injection. Radiesse contains hydroxylapatite and is commonly used to fill in the nasolabial folds, the chin, the corners of the mouth, and the jawline.
• Restylane is another hyaluronic acid filler with a lifespan of about eight months. It’s ideal for the lower eyelids and the lips.
What to Expect During Your Appointment
With any dermal filler, the doctor first cleanses your skin with an antibacterial agent. Local anesthetics numb the skin prior to the injection. The doctor fills in the target areas with a specific amount of filler. Once all injections are done, you leave the office and return to your normal activities.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons offers a video on dermal fillers to help you learn more about the differences they can make. Learn more about them and then visit Dr. Sheldon Kabaker to find out how you can retain a youthful appearance with fillers. To learn more about best option for your needs, as well as the costs of each, schedule an appointment by calling 1-800-440-7700. Dr. Kabaker is a board certified Oakland facial plastic surgeon and hair restoration expert.