There are many non-invasive treatments that can be used to improve the cosmetic appearance of your face and body. One option is the use of dermal fillers, which can improve lost volume, scars, and wrinkles. Before considering a more invasive treatment, see if fillers will work for your needs.

Replace Lost Volume

As we age, some areas on our face or body begin to lose volume, which can make you appear to age faster. For example, sometimes darkness under the eyes is caused by less fat padding under the eyes, which can make the area appear darker and sunken. A similar problem can occur on the hands, making them look bony. One option for some areas is to use fat as a filler. Fat is removed via liposuction from other areas on the body, then processed and injected into the target area. One benefit of using fat is it is your own tissue, so there are fewer risks associated with rejection. Other fillers might be used that can enhance the production of your own collagen.

Fix Scars

Scars can occur from an old injury, but acne problems are a common culprit for leaving permanent scars. Depending on the type of scar, other methods to reduce their appearance might be effective, such as chemical peels or laser treatments. Usually, when a scar is indented, these methods will not be effective because they cannot make the damaged skin flush with the surrounding skin. Fillers work well in these instances. A small needle, possibly with the addition of a topical anesthetic, is used to inject the filler under the skin to fill in the scar. Sometimes the material may need to be manipulated manually to make it smooth. Depending on the type of filler used, the results may be considered permanent, or the material may be absorbed by the body over time.

Reduce Wrinkles

There may be few options to address deep wrinkles besides surgery to lift the surrounding skin. One option before you consider surgery is the use of fillers to smooth out wrinkles. The filler used will depend on where you need treatment, since each filler is approved for different areas of the face. Some common places fillers are used are to minimize wrinkles that become apparent with movement, such as those around the mouth or ones on the lips that occur when the lips are pursed. Most expression lines are treated with Botox injections rather than fillers, especially those around the eyes and on the forehead. Deep lines at the nasolabial folds can also be fixed with fillers.

Fillers can work well to improve the appearance of the face and hands. Before considering more invasive cosmetic treatments, determine if fillers can provide you similar results.