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Are Dermal Fillers Replacing Traditional Facelifts?

By James Haley, MD, FACOG, FPMRS 

The fountain of youth may be just around the corner. 

Actually, the truth is that there have been tremendous advancements in non-invasive cosmetic procedures. All-natural dermal fillers have been gaining in popularity the more their incredible benefits have become apparent. These products are made from natural elements already found in the skin, elements which happen to decline with age. Using these products as fillers produces a lasting positive benefit – simulating skin to rejuvenate itself without having to go through the pain and long recovery of plastic surgery. 

The Downfall of Traditional Facelifts 

A traditional facelift requires a substantial investment of money and involves a long recovery period, usually about 6 weeks. There are risks associated with anesthesia and undergoing surgery. We have all seen the pictures of celebrity facelifts gone bad, and you always run the risk of becoming disfigured or scarred in some way. When done properly, a facelift can have great results, but there is considerable pain and recovery time. 

Dermal fillers offer an obvious advantage over surgery in both the pain and recovery aspects, as well as the procedure itself only taking a short time. 

The Benefits of Dermal Fillers 

Natural dermal fillers are an excellent way to achieve rejuvenated youthful appearance – with virtually no pain and no downtime. In the aging process, skin loses elasticity and shape. The face begins to sag. Dermal fillers such as Juvederm are injectable gels made from hyaluronic acid, a hydrating substance that your body produces naturally. Injecting different types of these fillers under the skin immediately adds volume and reduces wrinkles and deep folds. 

Different types of fillers are formulated for each distinct purpose. Juvederm Voluma adds volume and contour to the cheeksreducing lines and giving the face an overall lift.  Juvederm Ultra adds volume to the lips and fills in the lines around the mouth. Juvederm Ultra Plus fills deep lines such as the nasolabial folds or marionette lines (the downturned lines from the corner of your mouth to the jawline). The results are not only instant, but can be quite dramatic 

Your face is the most visible part of you, and dermal fillers can help give you a more youthful and refreshed look.  Schedule a free consultation with experienced double-board certified physicians to achieve the health and beauty you desire – inside and out! (770) 721-6060. 

This article was originally featured in the February 2018 issue of Townelaker Magazine. To view an online version, please click here

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