Recently seen on The Dr. Oz Show, facial fillers were utilized to correct facial aging issues. The filler featured on the show was Restylane, used to correct dark circles and bags under the eyes as well as treat the frown lines, also known as marionette lines around the mouth area. By filling in the depressions in the face, facial fillers are quickly becoming a great option for patients that want to rejuvenate their face without undergoing a major surgical procedure such as a facelift.
Actual Combination Results of Dr. Tahl Humes with Radiesse, Sculptra and Juvederm
Nor is Restylane the only facial filler available out there - other options include Juvederm, Radiesse and Sculptra and many physicians are now offering any combination of them as a facelift alternative, often dubbed the Liquid Facelift. Denver Liquid Facelift provider Dr. Tahl Humes customizes her liquid facelifts to meet the needs and desires of each patient in her version, the V-Lift.
"There are patients out there who just aren't ready for surgery or don't want surgery." For these patients, Dr. Humes uses her entire toolbox of facial fillers to address aging in combination therapy. "If you think about the youthful face, it's fuller at the top and more narrow at the base, coming down into a V shape, which is why we call it a V-Lift," describes Dr. Humes, "However, as we age, we get more of square, boxy look because gravity is pulling us down."
Actual Results of Dr. Tahl Humes with Radiesse and Sculptra
Dr. Humes notes important things to address are the loss of volume and bone density as we age. In many cases, Dr. Humes sees patients who are concerned about facial aging in the form of jowling, deepening nasolabial folds and flatness across the cheek area. "We often speak about how osteoporosis affects the body - how bone is being reabsorbed back into the body, weakening the entire skeletal structure," Dr. Humes points out, "Until very recently, we didn't really talk about it happening in the face. If you take this into consideration, facial bones are also being reabsorbed as we age. And fat pads, which naturally volumize the the skin, begin to move because the bone is not as thick or solid enough to hold onto them any longer. By rebuilding cheeks and that area under the eye with facial fillers, it moves everything up and helps with the nasolabial folds and jowls."
Each facial filler effects the skin in a different way, which is why may physicians choose a combination of them to rejuvenate the skin. One facial filler may specialize in building collagen beneath the superficial dermis and another may fill only the very superficial layer. By combining the two types of facial fillers, patients receive the optimal results. However, the effect is temporary: while some fillers may last up to 2 years, a few may last only 6 months - it is also important to discuss maintenance and whether that is desirable for you with your physician.
As Dr. Humes states, "Nothing replaces surgery. That's why we partnered with plastic surgeon Dr. W. Jason Martin. But even Dr. Martin will the first one to say, it's not worth doing a facelift without first re-volumizing: whether it's with dermal fillers or with a fat transfer, you can't just pull the skin."