Friday, March 23, 2018

Let's talk volume loss!

Let's talk volume loss!

 If you have started noticing you look tired around your eyes but you don't know why because you are getting plenty of sleep, staying well hydrated and eat what you should the answer is probably volume loss. We start noticing this, jowls forming, the corners of our mouth turning down and those lines between our noses and mouths getting deeper as we get older. This is because around 25 we start losing 1 tsp of fat and bone per year in our faces. Even worse it is usually in the mid face area first which means that what is in the lower face seems to hang heavier. 

    Volume Loss - Bone

How it ages you

I have been asked so many times about creams and serums. There is, however, no magical topical formulation for this. There is however Dermal filler. Dermal filler comes in a few different types but if you are just getting started I would suggest sticking with a Hyaluronic Acid filler that can be reversed should you decide you don't like it. 

The filler is injected in areas that are showing volume loss with a very fine needle. The discomfort level is minimal and if you don't like needles just close your eyes and go to your happy place. The filler generally has a numbing agent in it so after the first few initial seconds you go numb and won't feel anything else. 

You may have some swelling and some possible bruising but there are ways to reduce these. You may take arnica prior to the appointment to avoid bruising and icing the area after can help with the swelling. 

The treatment can last anywhere from six months to five years depending on which filler you receive, which area you get it in and how fast your body metabolizes the filler. Lips usually last the least because you move that area more than any other. 

Some of the most popular filler areas are the lips, under eye, cheeks, temples and mouth areas. It can also be used in the hands, eyebrows or other areas looking for a little increase in volume. 

Cost depends on the area you are using it in, the type you are using, the region you are in and how much you are using. It can start at around $400 for a half syringe to $800 for a full syringe. It is best to speak to a professional to decide which filler is right for you and how much you will need. 

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