There is no denying the growing popularity of injectable dermal fillers. At our Portland practice and across the country, patients take advantage of these minimally invasive treatments to re-contour their facial features without committing to surgery.
As more people discover the possibilities dermal fillers offer, the perception about their use is changing. Patients are no longer opting for dramatic transformations, but rather incorporating fillers into their regular aesthetic maintenance routines as another way to slow down the signs of aging and have a flawless appearance.
A Bit About Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers like JUVÉDERM® and Restylane®, which are formulated with hyaluronic acid, add volume underneath the skin. They can be used in the lips, cheeks, temples, and other areas on the face and hands to refine the shape and size of certain features. They’re minimally invasive and more cost-effective than surgical procedures. A treatment session can typically take place during a lunch break, and only minor downtime, if any, is required. The most common risks are bruising and swelling around the injection sites, which usually subsides within a few days.
The New Injectables Trends
The use of fillers has become less about reversal and more about prevention or “prejuvenation.” Younger patients are now looking for treatments that will keep them looking young—as a way of preventing the need for more intensive anti-aging procedures later on in their lives.
This translates to more and more people discovering injectables and fueling their popularity. More than 70% of facial plastic surgeons saw an increase in the use of injectables in patients under 30 in 2018, according to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery’s annual survey.
Another growing trend in the injectables world is the rise of “tweakments,” which create subtle improvements without creating an over-the-top transformation. Through this method, patients are able to enhance their natural appearance and achieve a “filtered” look that still lets their unique features shine. This often involves adding a small amount of volume in the lips, balancing out minimal nose contouring issues, or slightly lifting the cheekbones with precise injections.
In addition to fillers, other minimally invasive procedures offer similar approaches for subtle improvements. BOTOX® Cosmetic continues to be a widely used cosmetic treatment and is becoming a favorite preventive option among young adults. Laser resurfacing and specialized skincare products can also play a key role in regular aesthetic maintenance to help patients preserve their youthfulness and fine-tune minor concerns.
The best way to determine which approach would be most beneficial to you is to request a personal consultation. During this appointment, we will be able to discuss your concerns in depth and offer our recommendations.