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Can Injectable Fillers Prevent Aging?

Age comes for us all. Many of us begin to show the signs of age around age 30 or 40. That’s when wrinkles set in. We form facial lines around the eyes, laugh lines around the mouth, and lose volume in the cheeks. This leaves us looking worn out, tired, and downright old despite how young we feel inside.

As the effects of aging become more apparent, many of us go looking for an anti-aging solution. Enter dermal fillers, which many people have used – including celebrities – to stave off aging, at least for a while.

Advancements in dermal filler technology have made it possible to obtain long-lasting, yet subtle results. This safe cosmetic option can leave you looking amazing, but what are dermal fillers, and how do they work?

What Are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are injectable solutions derived from hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance found in all of us. When injected into certain areas of the face and body, the fillers produce an anti-aging effect.

Unlike topical age-defying creams you might buy over the counter or at your local beauty store, fillers don’t just work on the top layers of skin. Instead, dermal fillers work underneath the skin to restore lost volume, soften wrinkles, and rejuvenate skin cells. Some fillers stimulate the body to increase hyaluronic acid and collagen production, which helps you defy the aging process.

Read our article: Can Aging Skin Be Made to Look Younger?

Dermal fillers are not only reserved for those aged 30 and above. Cosmetic surgeons are seeing more patients under 30 requesting these injectable treatments. Turns out that starting young may have immense benefits.

Known as dermal filler prevention, starting small and early can change the way you age. You may be able to keep wrinkles at bay for some time, particularly when combined with injectable neurotoxins like Botox.

The injection of dermal fillers is performed as an outpatient procedure under a local anesthetic, and the procedure takes around an hour to complete.

What are the Different Types of Facial Fillers?

Different Types of Facial Fillers

Facial fillers come in several types under various brand names.

Hyaluronic Acid

This family of fillers includes the names Juvederm, Restylane, and a few others. They work to rejuvenate the skin from the inside out.

Calcium Hydroxylapatite

Sold under the brand name Radiesse, this filler is used to restore lost volume in the cheeks. It can also be used to recontour the jawline and treat deeper wrinkles and skin folds.

Read our article: Cosmetic Surgery for a Defined Jawline: Is It Possible?

Fat Grafting

You may not consider your natural fat stores as a dermal filler, but that’s precisely what you can request at your cosmetic surgeon’s office. The procedure is also referred to as the fat transfer technique. Fat is removed from the lower abdomen or another area of the body using liposuction. The fat cells are then sterilized before the surgeon injects them into various areas on your face, such as your cheeks, lips, forehead, and temples.

Read our article: What is Natural Fat Grafting? And How Long Does It Last?

Poly-L-lactic Acid

Better known by the brand name Sculptra, this filler is used to restore lost facial volume due to illness or aging.

Read our article: How Cosmetic Procedures Can Reverse the Signs of Facial Aging

Permanent Soft Tissue Filler

Known as Artefill, this dermal filler is used to smooth away wrinkles around the mouth. Your cosmetic surgeon will typically recommend a different filler if it’s your first time because the effects are permanent.

Where Can Dermal Fillers be Used on the Body?

Restore Volume Under the Eyes

Hyaluronic acid, fat injections, and polylactic acid are typically used under the eyes. This can help to fill in those undereye bags that make us look so darned tired, even though we may be well-rested.

Smooth Away Deep Facial Wrinkles

Polylactic acid and hyaluronic acids can work to correct deep wrinkles and skin folds.

Ease Crow’s Feet and Forehead Lines

You may be used to hearing about Botox (botulinum toxin) and other injectable neurotoxins as treatments for fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and across the forehead. Dermal fillers can also be used, including calcium hydroxylapatite and polylactic acid.

Restore Cheek Volume

Aging can cause you to form that sunken-in look that occurs around the cheek areas. Polylactic acid and hyaluronic fillers can plump the cheeks to give you a more youthful appearance.

Contour The Chin

Hyaluronic acid and calcium hydroxylapatite fillers are often used to add volume and contour the chin, giving the lower portion of your face greater definition.

Plump The Lips

Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are sometimes used as lip fillers to make thin lips thicker and more alluring.

Fill Loose Skin on the Hands

Calcium hydroxylapatite and hyaluronic acid can be used to decrease the appearance of dark veins on the hands while easing the appearance of loose skin.

Erase the Years from Your Chest

If you have wrinkles around your chest area, dermal fillers containing hyaluronic acid can make the chest and lower neck appear younger.

How Do Dermal Fillers Work?

How Do Dermal Fillers Work

As we get older, we begin to lose collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid. This is precisely why we lose volume in some places and form wrinkles in others. When you factor in hormonal changes, sun damage, and gravity, these age-related imperfections become more apparent than ever.

Dermal fillers work to fill the underlying support structure underneath the skin. Areas that have lost volume can be filled in, and the skin becomes smoother, firmer, and naturally radiant.

How do Dermal Fillers Stop the Aging Process?

While dermal fillers should not be thought of as a ‘fountain of youth,’ they can help to delay the formation of fine lines, deep wrinkles, and lost volume.

Read our article: Combination of J-Plasma + Lipo Lets You Drink from the Fountain of Youth

Even if you undergo dermal filler treatments, the aging process will still occur. Nothing can be done about that. Modern science has not yet formulated a way to keep time from affecting our skin, bones, muscles, and connective tissue.

However, aesthetic fillers can help you stay a few steps ahead of aging. With the right approach and in the hands of a skilled cosmetic surgeon, it is possible to enter your 40s and 50s looking at least ten years younger than you otherwise would. Your results may vary.

Can Botox and Dermal Fillers be Combined?

You might have heard of the cosmetic treatment known as the facelift, but have you ever heard of a liquid facelift? This is the name given to a procedure that combines dermal facial fillers with an injectable neurotoxin such as Botox.

Read our article: 25 Amazing Uses for Injectable Neurotoxin Injections You May Not Know About

Injectable neurotoxins work to temporarily paralyze certain muscles in the face, such as around the forehead area, neck, and mouth. This helps to ease fine lines and produces a youthful effect.

When combined with dermal fillers, Botox and other injectable neurotoxins can have a dramatic impact on your facial appearance.

How Many Filler Treatments are Necessary for Younger Looking Skin?

All it takes is a single filler treatment to make a world of difference when it comes to the appearance of your skin. In a single visit to your cosmetic surgeon’s office, you can decrease the number of wrinkles on your face (and hands) and restore lost volume.

Most dermal fillers will fade eventually, so the treatments will have to be repeated to enjoy the same effects. Every patient is different, and it depends on the injection site, but talk to your cosmetic surgeon to determine when the fillers should be repeated to keep aging at bay.

Some people prefer to get the treatments repeated annually while others return to their cosmetic surgeon’s office for touchups every few months or so. Your frequency of injections may vary depending on the type of filler, the treatment site, and the way your skin tends to age.

Do Dermal Fillers Produce Natural Looking Results?

There is a prevailing myth that says that having dermal fillers injected into your face and around your body will make it appear as though you’ve had work done. That’s not the case when performed by a skilled and talented cosmetic surgeon. Those celebrity horror stories are often the case of people going overboard with fillers.

When done properly, the fillers produce subtle effects that help you maintain a natural appearance. The idea behind dermal fillers is to rejuvenate your looks, not make you look different than you normally would if age had not taken hold.

Find an experienced cosmetic surgeon who understands anatomy and the natural proportions of the face, so that you can enjoy the natural radiance only dermal filler injections can provide.

Read our article: Dr. Babak Moeinolmolki – 15 Qualities That Make Him One of L.A.’s Best Body Contouring Surgeons

How Long Do the Effects of Dermal Fillers Last?

The longevity of dermal filler effects is different for everyone. There are many factors to consider, such as which product is used, and where the filler is injected.

Instead of focusing on a set timeframe, keep an eye on the results and look for signs that the fillers are beginning to wear off. You can then schedule subtle tweaks with your cosmetic surgeon to maintain the youthful effects longer.

As a general guideline, many dermal fillers can last from between 6 to 18 months.

Are Dermal Fillers Safe and FDA Approved?

Dermal Fillers Safe and FDA Approved

Dermal fillers are FDA-approved for specific uses in men and women aged 22 and above. The uses of these age-defying wonder treatments include the correction of moderate-to-severe wrinkles and skin folds, increasing the fullness of the lips, chin, eyes, and hands, as well as restoring fat loss in people with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). Dermal filler procedures are also approved by the FDA for correcting acne scars on the cheeks.

When performed by an experienced surgeon, dermal fillers are effective for producing beautiful, natural, and safe results.

Are There Any Risks Associated with Dermal Filler Injections?

There are potential risks involved with all medical procedures, and injectable dermal fillers are no different. Most adverse effects attributed to fillers occur immediately after the injection and dissipate within a few weeks. In some rare cases, side effects of injectable treatment can persist for months or years later. Talk to your cosmetic surgeon during your initial consultation for details.

Read our article: Tips for Scheduling Your First Cosmetic Procedure with a Cosmetic Surgeon

Common risks of injectable dermal fillers include redness, swelling, bruising, tenderness, pain, rash, itching, and difficulty performing activities when injected into the backs of the hands.

It is important to be assessed for allergies before receiving dermal fillers, as an allergic reaction can occur in some cases. This is not the case with the fat transfer technique, as your own fatty tissue is used to rejuvenate the skin and restore lost volume.

Who is a Good Candidate for Dermal Filler Injections?

You might be a suitable candidate for filler treatments if your skin has lost collagen and elasticity. You will know when this happens when that plump, bouncy appearance to your skin goes away.

Certain factors, such as smoking and sun overexposure can also influence your need for injectable filler treatments.

Read our article: Why Quitting Smoking Before Cosmetic Surgery is a Good Idea (Including Methods to Help You Quit)

While most filler patients tend to be above thirty, it is possible to start on filler treatments in your mid-twenties, which could be effective for preventing the signs of aging for at least a little longer.

Are Dermal Fillers Suitable for 60+ Men and Women?

Just because you have reached age 60 or above does not mean that you are out of the range of injectable cosmetics. Dermal fillers can be used on men and women of advanced age to soften facial lines while maintaining natural-looking results. Even at age 60+, you can look more refreshed and well-rested by having strategic fillers in the right areas.

Read our article: Think You’re Too Old for Cosmetic Surgery? Think Again!

What Should You Ask Your Cosmetic Surgeon During a Consultation?

Scheduling a consultation with a skilled and experienced cosmetic surgeon is the first step to trying this amazing anti-aging treatment for yourself. During your consultation, you’ll want to tell the surgeon your aesthetic goals, whether it’s to plump the lips, restore volume to the cheeks, contour the chin, or smooth away undereye bags.

Read our article: How to Refresh Your Eyes & Face with Cosmetic Surgery

Even if you have a particular dermal filler in mind, the surgeon may recommend an alternative treatment that works better, and for longer. With cosmetic treatments becoming more advanced all the time, you never know when the ideal treatment may cause you to look younger, refreshed, and your absolute best.

Are you thinking about dermal fillers to turn back the clock on your appearance? If so, call Moein Surgical Arts, and let Dr. Babak Moein and his professional staff treat you with care. You can reach us in Los Angeles by dialingtel: 310-299-9106.

10 Cosmetic Surgery Trends We Predict for 2021

2020 is finally behind us. We thought it would never end.

Now, with the pandemic still raging, a New Year has passed. The good news is that, on account of COVID-19, cosmetic surgeons are practicing more safety measures than ever.

That’s good for your New Year’s resolutions of changing that one thing about yourself you dislike.

Your saggy chin, flabby belly, or jiggly thighs could all be a thing of the past. You know which part(s) we’re talking about.

You’ve always wanted to change for the better aesthetically and now’s your chance.

This is the best time to have an aesthetic procedure.

Americans spent $16.5 billion on cosmetic procedures in 2018, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and numbers only continue to rise.

With modern innovations and technological improvements in the medical industry, procedures are now safer than ever. And affordable, due to the availability of aesthetic surgery financing.

Here are cosmetic procedures we predict will be the most popular in 2021.

What is Cosmetic Surgery?

Cosmetic surgery also referred to as aesthetic surgery, is an elective operation that aims to improve your appearance. There are cosmetic procedures for nearly every part of your body, including your forehead, eyelids, chin, neck, arms, chest, abdomen, butt, legs, calves, and ankles. There are also non-surgical options that can smooth and erase fine lines and wrinkles and enhance areas such as your lips.

The best cosmetic surgeons offer an entire menu of surgical and non-surgical treatments so that you can address your insecurities.

1- Traditional Liposuction

Traditional liposuction is one of popular cosmetic procedures

Traditional liposuction is a popular cosmetic surgery for both men and women. Patients appreciate that lipo can be used on a variety of areas on the body.

The most common areas where patients seek to have lipo performed include the abdomen, hips, sides, lower back, upper thighs, and upper arms.

While liposuction should never be used as a weight loss tool, the procedure can remove large pockets of stubborn fat from your body. You would be considered an ideal candidate for lipo if you have tried to lose weight to no avail with diet and exercise. Lipo can remove the fat, making the area slimmer.

During liposuction, general anesthesia is used before a tumescent liquid is injected into the treatment area. The substances in this liquid break up the fat, making it easier to extract. Small incisions are made, allowing your doctor to insert a cannula, or thin metal tube, to extract the fat from your body.

Liposuction can slim down your appearance and give you a leaner silhouette.

There were more than 250,000 liposuction procedures performed in 2018 and we predict the procedure will become even more popular in 2021.

2- VASER Liposuction

 

VASER Hi-Definition liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that also aims to remove stubborn fat from your body. The main difference between traditional lipo and VASER lipo is the body sculpting results. VASER uses ultrasound energy to break up the bonds that keep fat connected to the surrounding tissues. Once the fat is emulsified, it is removed using a liposuction cannula. VASER is best for removing the deep, superficial fat cells that hide your body’s musculature.

Patients of VASER can see faster results from exercise because they don’t have that pesky layer of fat covering all their hard work. The procedure can be used nearly all over, resulting in a toned and “ripped” appearance.

As more people learn about this cutting-edge HD lipo technique, we expect more patients to ask for a sculpted physique using VASER.

3- Injectables and Fillers

Injectables and Fillers

As we get older, our faces begin to develop imperfections like wrinkles, sunspots, and fine lines. You may experience bags under your eyes, which makes you appear eternally exhausted. Aesthetic injectables and fillers can make Father Time stop in his tracks. In some cases, fillers can even enhance what nature gave you.

Aesthetic injectables go by many brand names such as Botox, Xeomin and Dysport, to name a few. These injectable neurotoxins weaken and paralyze specific muscles at the treatment site. By diminishing the muscle action in that area, your cosmetic surgeon can improve small wrinkles and folds, making you look younger and more refreshed.

Fillers are used to fill-in deficiencies or voids in the skin. Age can also produce a sunken effect as the muscles in our face weaken and atrophy. Fillers can support these areas, making your skin look firmer and younger.

Thick fillers are used for deeper folds and creases and to provide lift to the affected area. Thinner filler products are used for finer lines and creases but don’t offer much support.

Both procedures will gain in popularity as people continually want to turn back time and add improvement to their appearances on Zoom and in the real world.

4- Cosmetic Procedures Combinations

 

With cosmetic surgeons able to perform so many aesthetically enhancing techniques, it makes sense that patients would want to bulk treatments together when they can. We expect more patients will choose this route, which reduces the number of times they are on the surgeon’s table. Instead of having breast implants this week and a butt augmentation a year from now, you can have both treatments performed in unison as part of a mommy makeover procedure, for example.

Combining procedures is a convenient and affordable approach to improving your body. Not all procedures can be performed in conjunction with one another. Ask your cosmetic surgeon for details to begin envisioning the possibilities.

5- Tummy Tuck

A flatter tummy can be yours by opting for a tummy tuck, which is also known as abdominoplasty. This popular cosmetic treatment can help you achieve your fitness goals once and for all. Like lipo, you should make every attempt to achieve your ideal shape with diet and exercise. When those fail to work, a tummy tuck can give you the enviously flat belly you’ve always wanted.

During a tummy tuck, your cosmetic surgeon will remove the excess skin and fat that exists on your abdomen. Your surgeon can also repair separated or weakened muscle tissue, which further results in a slimmer and more defined body shape.

Tummy tucks have always been popular and there’s no reason to believe that the trend will stop in 2021 and beyond.

6- Breast Augmentations

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Breast augmentation, which is also referred to as augmentation mammoplasty, is surgery that aims to increase your breast size. It involves the placement of breast implants under breast tissue or the muscles in your chest.

In the past, women opting for breast implants would often choose the biggest and most voluminous implants they could get. The bigger the better. Those days are long gone.

We predict that not only will breast augmentations (and breast lifts and reductions) still be popular in 2021, but the focus will be on smaller, more natural implants.

7- Butt Augmentations

Just like breast implants, more patients will be ordering butt augmentations like the Brazilian Butt Lift. With the BBL, fat is extracted from another area of your body, such as your flanks, before it is injected into your buttocks to give it more shape and volume.

Like breast implants, we predict patients won’t be going as large as they can go, but will want buttocks that are perkier, and more natural in appearance.

8- Scarless Body Lifts (Renuvion Skin Tightening)

Scarless Body Lifts (Renuvion Skin Tightening)

Have you heard of the scarless arm lift? What about the scarless tummy tuck or the scarless leg lift?

These procedures are now more popular than ever before. Here’s how they work.

Using a technology known as Renuvion (J-Plasma), your cosmetic surgeon can tighten and repair skin at the treatment area with immediate and long-lasting results.

J-Plasma can treat droopy or saggy skin and can be used on most body parts requiring incisions, including sensitive areas like the neck and face.

“But wait,” you might say to yourself. “If there are incisions, how are there no scars afterward?”

The term “scarless” implies that the scars are nearly invisible once healed. For one, your cosmetic surgeon strategically places the scars within the natural folds of your body. These incisions, once healed, will hardly be noticeable.

Reunion can be used from nearly head to toe and we expect more people to opt for this procedure to tighten and rejuvenate their skin.

9- Gynecomastia Surgery

Gynecomastia Surgery

Male breast growth is a problem that can affect males of nearly any age. Young boys can begin forming male breast tissue in puberty and some older men experience “man boobs” when their testosterone starts to decline and they lose muscle mass. Gynecomastia surgery can restore a man’s chest to a more masculine appearance. The procedure has also been shown to have a drastic effect on the man’s self-esteem.

For men who have trouble removing their shirts at the beach or in the locker room, gynecomastia surgery could be the life enhancer they’ve been waiting for. Now that more men are discovering that treatment is possible, we expect to see the number of gynecomastia patients to grow even higher in the future.

10- Laparoscopic Gastric Sleeve

Laparoscopic Gastric Sleeve

You may not think of bariatric (weight loss) surgery as a cosmetic procedure. But for some, a surgery like the gastric sleeve can be of a cosmetic nature.

People suffering from obesity can face constant rejection and it doesn’t help that the media doesn’t paint obese people in a particularly good light.

We should mention that being obese raises your health risks and can result in early death.

Whether you want to slim down for health reasons or to look your best, weight loss surgeries like the sleeve gastrectomy (gastric sleeve) can help you achieve your health and body shape goals.

The laparoscopic gastric sleeve is minimally invasive and performed under general anesthesia. Your surgeon will use laparoscopic tools to remove 80% of your stomach, which leaves behind a small pouch or “sleeve”. Your newly configured stomach forces you to eat smaller portions, thereby restricting the nutrients your body can consume. Gastric sleeve surgery also affects the hormone ghrelin, which regulates hunger and fullness. You won’t have as many cravings for bad foods and you will feel fuller while eating, helping you lose weight quickly.

Gastric sleeve patients end up losing 50%, 60% or more of their excess weight in the first two years. The bulk of the weight loss happens within the first year, with the weight loss tapering off after year two.

Call to Inquire About the Most Popular Cosmetic Procedures in 2021

Not all cosmetic surgeons perform weight loss surgery, but some do. A good example is Dr. Babak Moeinolmolki (Dr. Moein to his patients) of Moein Surgical Arts. Located in Los Angeles, California, Dr. Moein is dually trained in bariatrics and cosmetic body contouring surgery. This makes the doctor qualified to perform weight loss surgery. Dr. Moein can even help you achieve the perfect contours with one or more of the above cosmetic treatments after the weight has come off.

If constant Zoom calls have you questioning those lines around your eyes, or you would prefer a more voluminous backside to fill out your pants, or you have any other insecurities you would like to correct, there’s only one thing to do.

Call the best cosmetic surgeon in Los Angeles, Dr. Moein of Moein Surgical Arts, and inquire about the procedures that are perfect for you – (310) 694 4486.

How to Repair & Rejuvenate Your Skin After Sun Damage

 

Summer is a time for outdoor fun and plenty of sunshine. Unfortunately, spending long days sucking up harmful rays can be damaging for your skin. Med Spa treatments can repair the damage done. Here are some of the best Med Spa treatments for repairing unsightly sunspots, scaliness, and other dermatological ailments.

Non-Invasive Treatments to Even Skin Tone 

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A nice summer glow is an obvious sign of a well-spent summer. However, too much sun can create uneven skin tone and sunspots, leaving your skin feeling lack-luster. 

Photofacial treatments such as Lumecca IPL Skin Rejuvenation can help restore your skin to a healthy-looking glow. Lumecca uses intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy to target skin irregularities such as dark spots, acne scars, and even Rosacea. 

This advanced laser offers a quick, safe, and effective treatment plan in as little as 2 treatments, compared to other lasers that may take a total of 4-5 treatments to see the desired results.  

Minimally Invasive Treatments to Combat Aging Skin 

Not only does sun exposure cause immediately visible effects on the skin, but it can damage your skin’s healing processes as well. When this happens, your skin struggles to “bounce back” faster. This leads to increased wrinkling and potential sagging from the damage. 

Botox for Sun Damage

Botox is an injectable treatment that will temporarily “freeze” the muscles responsible for causing these wrinkles, allowing the wrinkles to relax and fade. The doctors can perform this procedure in their office in less than half an hour, with few side-effects. 

Is Botox Safe?

Botox, or botulinum toxin, is widely used and FDA approved. Because Botox is not a permanent procedure, it does not cause long-term nerve damage to the area of administration. With few adverse side-effects and complications, such as temporary headaches and mild bruising that will subside, Botox is a safe and temporary solution to combat cosmetic issues. 

Dermal Fillers for Sun Damage

Dermal or “soft-tissue” fillers are another injectable treatment to fight against signs of aging due sun exposure. We’re all familiar with the term “baby face” and dermal fillers makes this a reality. Instead of simply tightening the facial muscles to prevent and remove wrinkling, these fillers actually plump the skin, pushing the wrinkling out for full and younger-looking skin.  

Are Dermal Fillers Safe?

There are several types and brands of fillers out there, so consulting with your doctor on what’s best for you is key. The FDA has released a list of approved dissolvable fillers, three of which are offered by Dr. Moein at Moein Surgical Arts. Because this is another temporary solution, the risks associated with these approved fillers will be rare and temporary. Some include adverse reactions such as swelling or bruising. 

Dermal Fillers – Facial Rejuvenation

One of the great tools we have to correct the signs of aging is the dermal filler. Dermal fillers are injectable treatments that help protect the youthful appearance of your face or reduce the markers of the aging process like deep lines or creases. If you are looking for a quick and convenient treatment for the signs of aging, you may be a candidate for a dermal filler treatment.

Dermal fillers come in a variety of types. Many of them, like Juvederm or Restylane, are volumizing solutions. Juvederm and Restylane are made of hyaluronic acid, which bonds well with skin structures and adds volume for filling deep lines or augmenting the lips. The treatments can take as little as half an hour and the results can last more than a year.

To learn more about dermal fillers, speak with Dr. Babak Moein.

Contact us at our office in Los Angeles if you’d like to schedule a consultation.

 

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