Ageing is a relentless process, taking a significant effect on our skin. The face is constantly exposed to the sun, leading to loss of elasticity, skin dehydration, wrinkles, pigmentation changes, broken capillaries and age spots. These changes are accelerated with the effects of smoking and poor diet. Luckily we have a range of dermal therapies and laser rejuvenation procedures to correct and restore these concerns.
What most people underestimate is the degree of natural ageing that occurs below the skin surface. As we age we loss bone density in the face, subcutaneous fat tissue and the facial supporting tissues start to weaken. These can be successfully managed by a variety of facial enhancement procedures like facelift surgery with excellent longevity. However, with modern dermal fillers we can restore the youthful facial contours with non-surgical cosmetic injectables without surgery.
The brow is one of the first part of the face to show signs of ageing. The skin on the forehead relaxes, the subcutaneous tissue in the brow area is reduced and the frontal bone recedes. This allows the brow to drop into the upper eyelid area making the upper eyelid appear heavy. Often clients present requesting an eyelid surgery procedure when the problem is simply a low brow position.
Dermal filler injections can elevate the lateral aspect of the brow, resulting in a more open and refreshed appearance. When it is combined with strategic placement of anti-wrinkle injections, we can often achieve 2-3mm of brow elevation which is often equivalent to a brow lift surgery.
Some people naturally have temporal hollowing due to the shape of their skull, however for many this occurs as part of facial ageing. It is often an unrecognized and untreated aspect in facial rejuvenation procedures. With temporal hollowing giving a sunken or gaunt appearance that makes you look unwell.
Dermal fillers to revolumize the temporals can create facial harmony and balance to restore a more youthful appearance.
In youth, we have a short lower eyelid with a gentle transition into a full cheek with no defined transition point. However, due to the thin skin in the eyelid region and facial ageing we soon develop a depression that runs from the inner aspect of the eye to the junction between the lower eyelid and cheek region. Below this tear trough depression is the bony margin of the eye socket.
With ongoing facial ageing the depression becomes more pronounced, extending across the cheek region to fully reveal the entire bony eye socket. This process is compounded by the descent of the cheek tissue into the nasolabial region.
Dermal fillers in the tear trough, frequently combined with dermal fillers to the cheek or malar region can plump and lift the tear trough depression to give a more youthful contour to the lower eyelid and cheek region.
If you desire fuller, rounder, defined cheekbones to either restore or enhance that youthful ‘S’ curve of the cheeks than a cheek enhancement with dermal filler is an excellent treatment.
Some people with a weak cheek bone suffer with a flat, undefined cheek prominence. They are unfortunately at a high risk of early facial ageing with premature descent for the cheek fat pad as the cheek bone recedes further with aging. While a facial implant is an excellent technique to correct this permanently, many don’t want the risks or downtime associated with surgery and prefer dermal filler treatments.
With facial ageing, the relaxation of the deeper facial supporting tissues and recession of the cheek bone allows the cheek fat pad to drop into the nasolabial fold. This gives the malar region a sunken appearance with excess volume in the nasolabial fold.
Dermal fillers used in cheek enhancement are firmer gel products as they a placed close to the bone, giving excellent projection and support for the cheek without the risk of being palpable. These dermal fillers give excellent longevity lasting over 18 months.
The nasolabial fold or smile line is the crease running from either side of the nose to the corners of the mouth. For some people, they may have always had a pronounced nasolabial fold even as a child. While others it develops as a consequence of facial ageing with descent of the cheek tissue into the nasolabial fold.
The appearance of deep nasolabial folds can be improved using dermal fillers into the surround area to soften the fold. It is highly recommended that as part of nasolabial fold correction that the cheek is also corrected.
The marionette lines are creases or folds at the corner of the mouth. With ageing these folds deepen and the mouth can take a down-turned appearance to make you look like you’re always frowning.
Dermal fillers in this area can lift the soft tissue and restore the angle of the mouth to give a more refreshed appearance. It can be combined with a very small dose of anti-wrinkle injections to the muscle pulling down the corners of the mouth to aid in the result.
There are many reason clients choose to go a jawline enhancement procedure with dermal fillers.
The formation of jowls and loss of definition of the jawline is one of the most characteristic features of facial ageing. If this is significant, then a facelift procedure may be your best option. If you are only starting to notice the loose skin, the use of dermal fillers in a jawline enhancement procedure can camouflage the jowls by blending the jowl into the adjacent areas. This helps to straighten, strengthen and define the jawline.
Shape Of The Jawline
A jawline enhancement treatment using dermal fillers can help create a stronger jawline for a more square, masculine appearance. Some patients need more volume in the front at the chin and others need more volume at the angle of their jawline, to create a stronger, sculpted and defined jawline.
Most people have a small degree of facial asymmetry, if the asymmetry is significant and causing dental issues, then this is best corrected with surgery. For minor jawline asymmetries, the shape, size and chin position can be improved by the use dermal filler treatment.