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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.

How Cosmetic Procedures Can Reverse Signs of Facial Aging

Everyone knows wrinkles, fine lines, and saggy skin are a common part of life.

We know these signs as symptoms of aging, and nowhere are they more apparent than on your face.

As we grow older, our faces begin to change.

Facial Changes

These changes follow a predictable pattern, which goes as follows.

Loss of Volume:

Age causes the face to lose fat and the bones to become restructured. To anyone looking at us, it appears our face has become hollowed out. The skin also looks less supple.

Diminished Skin Laxity:

The muscles and fascia (supportive tissue) that holds our face in place begin to weaken. This leads to saggy skin and a loss of skin definition.

Dermal Alterations:

The above changes are only the ones we can see. Deep down at the cellular level, biological processes begin slowing down, which can change your skin’s color and level of elasticity.

Scientists aren’t quite sure why our faces change as we age.

Though, they do have theories.

Some experts think facial changes related to skin, muscle, and bone are caused by the pull of gravity over time.

Others attribute the descent of tissues to be based on the natural phenomenon of bone resorption.

We do know that genetics, lifestyle habits like cigarette smoking, and excess sun damage can accelerate facial aging.

At any rate, and whatever may cause your face to become wrinkled, lined, and sunken over time, cosmetic surgery seeks to correct those changes.

Using various procedures like the popular facelift, skin resurfacing, and non-surgical techniques like the non-surgical facelift, cosmetic surgeons can reverse the signs of aging. How many years they can reverse is subjective, but dramatic improvements are possible.

Let’s look at all the things we do know about facial aging, and how it’s possible to help you look younger using one or more aesthetic techniques.

What Factors Contribute to Facial Aging?

Factors Contributing to Facial Aging

Sun Damage

Sunlight is one of the major contributors to facial aging.

Catch too many rays and you leave yourself open to developing sunspots, wrinkles, dilated capillaries, and skin cancer.


Smoking is bad for your health and can cause premature aging. The ingredients contained in the average cigarette permeate your skin, causing a loss of collagen, and eventually skin wrinkling.

Smoking also slows blood flow to the skin. This keeps nutrients from being able to nourish your skin cells and remove toxins.

Staying Dehydrated

Not drinking enough fresh water daily can keep your skin from achieving a healthy glow. You will also fail to properly lubricate your joints, muscles, and organs.

When you are in a constant state of dehydration, you leave yourself open to ruddy skin and various skin conditions, including eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, and psoriasis.

Dehydration also makes fine lines and wrinkled skin more apparent.

Repetitive Facial Expressions

Believe it or not, making the same face all the time can lead to facial lines.

It makes sense. When you make a facial expression, you are contracting certain muscles, which can cause the skin to crease.

Repeating the same expression over several years can make these lines in your facial skin permanent.

Drinking Alcohol

If you want to retain a youthful look, you might think twice about imbibing with alcohol.

Drinking wine, spirits, and beer dehydrates your skin. Over time, dehydration can lead to skin damage.

Drink too much and too often and you can begin to look older than your chronological years.

Sitting Around

Being a couch potato is bad for your health and skin.

Not using your muscles causes them to atrophy.

Being lazy also causes a decline in cellular health, which can contribute to your face looking much older than you would prefer.

Poor Diet

Poor Diet Cause Facial Wrinkles in LA

Processed foods, sweets, and sugary sodas offer little in the way of nutrition.

These foods can cause inflammation, which can lead to a host of ailments, and contribute to greater aging on the face.

Inadequate Sleep

Your body does most of its healing while you are asleep.

Not getting enough sleep can leave you feeling worn out and looking the same.

Your body won’t run as efficiently with inferior quality sleep, and that includes down at the cellular level.

Drinking too much caffeine, especially later in the day, can further destroy your natural sleep patterns, leading to uneven facial skin.

Chronic Stress

When life becomes too much, the body tends to react.

Being stressed out causes your muscles to contract and your adrenal system to work overtime.

This can have horrible effects on the quality of your skin, including on your face.

What are the Signs of Facial Aging?

Dull Skin

When we are young, our complexion practically glows with youthful vigor.

Age tends to create another, less pleasing, effect.

Growing older can leave your skin looking uneven with dark spots and flaky skin.

Wrinkles and Fine Lines

At some point, the skin of the face begins to produce less collagen and retains less moisture. This is part of the natural aging process.

These effects can cause permanent lines and wrinkles to form on the forehead, around the corners of the eyes (crow’s feet), and around the mouth.

Saggy Skin

Once the skin has lost collagen and elastin, sagginess tends to occur.

Sagginess that reaches the jawline and under the chin is commonly called jowls.

When the sag occurs around the eyes and forehead, you begin to look to others like an older, more exhausted version of yourself.

Volume Loss

Growing older (and wiser) causes your facial anatomy to go through a number of visible changes.

A loss of collagen and a decrease in bone density can cause your facial proportions to shift.

This is why older faces tend to appear thinner.

The loss of tissues can also cause the face to appear sunken-in.

How Does Cosmetic Surgery Correct Facial Aging?

Cosmetic Surgery Correct Facial Aging

Anti-aging advancements have paved the way for a number of cosmetic enhancements meant to give you smoother, younger skin.

Injectable Neurotoxin for Crow’s Feet and Expression Lines

You may have heard of Botox, but this is only one brand name in an entire line of neurotoxins. Dysport is another brand you may have heard about.

These painless injections can be administered in mere minutes.

The anti-aging effects take about three to five days to manifest.

Once you see the results, you’ll experience fewer creases and fine lines in the treatment area.

Eyelid Lift and Brow Lift for Saggy Facial Skin

When you notice droopy skin around your eyes and on your forehead, there are two procedures you might consider.

The eyelid lift and brow lift are ideal for severe skin elasticity issues.

The results of surgery will not only make you look younger but also well-rested and refreshed.

Facelift Surgery Can Reverse Years from Your Face

Facelift surgery was one of the top five cosmetic surgeries in the year 2020 and for good reason.

Advancements in what doctors refer to as the rhytidectomy procedure allow an expert cosmetic surgeon like Dr. Babak Moeinolmolki (Dr. Moein) to correct aging on the face.

During the surgery, excess fat is removed from the face while underlying tissues are tightened.

The sutures are placed in camouflaged locations to hide scarring once you are fully healed.

Results from facelift surgery allow for natural-looking results that last longer than they did in past decades.

The ideal time for a facelift is the moment you notice deposits forming on your face, or fine lines becoming deeper entrenched, especially around your eyes and mouth.

Facelift surgeries come with high rates of satisfaction among patients and costs around $8,500.

The anti-aging procedure is popular with both men and women.

Are There Non-Surgical Methods to Correct Facial Aging?

When you’re not ready to commit to cosmetic surgery, there is still hope for your aging facial skin.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal Fillers in Los Angeles, CA

Injectable fillers go by names like Restylane and Juvederm, to name only two.

A series of injections in strategic areas can restore your facial shape and add volume to your skin.

The simple and effective treatment is ideal for treating fine lines, acne scars, and issues of facial asymmetry.

Renuvion for Skin Tightening

Renuvion is known as a subdermal skin tightening procedure.

The procedure and recovery are quick, and the procedure is known to leave you with immediately tighter skin.

Renuvion resurfaces and rejuvenates the facial skin and can help reverse the jowl effect.

Small incisions are made, which function as entry points for the reunion device.

A lidocaine solution is inserted beforehand to aid with discomfort.

This is the procedure to choose when you want firmer and smoother-looking skin.

Insta-Lift Non-Surgical Facelift

This technique (also referred to as the Silhouette InstaLift) is an FDA-approved facelift procedure that aims to contour the face and reverse the signs of aging.

The cosmetic procedure is non-surgical and non-invasive.

The InstaLift is ideal when you want your face lifted and the contours realigned to appear more youthful.

The technique uses an innovative thread technology that targets the underlying layers of facial skin. This stimulates collagen production, leaving your skin refreshed.

Skin Resurfacing for Anti-Aging on the Face

CO2 Fractional Laser Resurfacing

Carbon dioxide (CO2) laser resurfacing is a powerful laser technology that helps to reverse the aging process.

When used on the face, the cosmetic procedure makes your skin tighter while causing wrinkles to disappear.

The downtime feels like you’ve just had a sunburn and diminishes over time.

You may require several sessions, which are spaced out in six-month intervals.

Lumecca IPL Skin Rejuvenation

This treatment is excellent for correcting sun damage, redness, and skin pigment irregularities.

Lumecca can also help with acne scarring, vascular lesions, and dark spots.

The treatment can be completed in one or two sessions and involves cooling technology, making it safer than other cosmetic treatments.

Lumecca IPL is also painless. There are no incisions and, thus, no scarring.

The procedure uses a handheld wand that emits Intense Pulsed Light (IPL).

Your skin becomes smoother, clearer, and more radiant after just one treatment.

Fractora Skin Renovation and Scar Treatment

This resurfacing and subdermal coagulation treatment can boost your complexion while correcting skin irregularities.

The technique uses bipolar radiofrequency at various depths under the skin via a series of pin electrodes attached to a handheld wand.

When applied to the facial skin, the treatment areas become heated, which leads to rejuvenation and contraction of the skin.

The results will leave you wrinkle-free with radiantly youthful skin.

Make Skin Care Part of Your Daily Routine

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Age will eventually come for us all.

While we think you look terrific just the way you are, you can take steps to ensure your skin always looks its best.

The first step is to cease any behaviors that may contribute to advanced facial aging.

Go back through the factors we discussed earlier that may cause you to look older and do the opposite.

You don’t have to quit them all today but take baby steps. Over time, you may find yourself:

  • Avoiding too much sun
  • Ceasing smoking cigarettes
  • Drinking more water
  • Easing your facial expressions
  • Eliminating or reducing alcohol consumption
  • Getting more exercise
  • Eating better
  • Sleeping more soundly
  • Reducing your stress

If you can manage to make the above habits, you’ll be well on your way to looking younger and more refreshed.

You can take the next steps by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Moein for one or more cosmetic procedures.

Are You Ready to Look Younger? Schedule a Private Consultation Today

At Moein Surgical Arts, we have a variety of surgical and non-surgical cosmetic options to help people throughout Southern California look younger. Dr. Moein and his professional team take an integrated approach to your satisfaction and wellness. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Moein by calling us at (310)694-4486. Ask about our medical tourism program for those living outside the L.A. area.

Adding Volume to Your Lips to Give Your Smile That Extra Flourish

You may have heard of dermal fillers being used to add facial volume to your cheeks with gorgeous results. Dermal fillers can also be used to add volume to other areas of your face, like your lips. Adding volume to your lips can help to give you a beautiful and memorable smile.

Juvederm is a dermal filler that is made from hyaluronic acid, a substance that is highly compatible with your own tissue. Because of this increase in hyaluronic acid, your lips should be noticeably plumper and more attractive and should remain so for up to six months.

Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Babak Moein has the expertise and knowledge necessary to provide you with outstanding lip-augmentation results using Juvederm. Contact us to schedule a consultation.

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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