Collagen Loss and Dermal Fillers
A Non-Surgical Option for Patients Seeing Age-Related Development of Creases in Westfield, NJ
As we age, our faces lose volume and we experience a reduction in the production of collagen. NJ-based plastic surgeon Dr. Carlos Burnett regularly works with patients who are seeing the development of age-related creases, as well as a more hollow and flat appearance. Dermal fillers, such as Juvederm®, address different aspects of the face by restoring youthful fullness and shape, and stimulating collagen production.
While some people believe age-related lines give them a more "experienced" look, others find that the wrinkles and creases make them look older than they feel or make them appear tired, even when they're not. These individuals commonly try products sold in drug stores, department stores, or across makeup counters to combat the signs of aging. Unfortunately, those products often fail to live up to their significant collagen-boosting or skin-smoothing promises. Now, individuals in Westfield, NJ, can choose Burnett Plastic Surgery to help them get back their familiar, more youthful appearance. Dr. Burnett offers many services to help patients address the effects of collagen loss and feel better about their appearance without the need for invasive or painful surgery.
Dermal Filler Basics
Dermal fillers work to replenish volume lost in the face during the aging process, since collagen gradually breaks down—as does the natural process to replace it. Certain fillers are useful in smoothing out lines that form on the face as collagen dwindles. This type of filler can lead to a smoother, less lined, more defined facial appearance.
Collagen loss can also cause the structure of the face to change, which is why a certain formulation of dermal filler focuses more on contours.
While results will vary depending on which type of filler is used and on the depth, amount, and placement of filler injected, results typically last one to two years. Patients can return to Dr. Burnett for touch up or repeat procedures. Because the results are subtle, the method is effective for patients who want to give their appearance a little boost, but not make a dramatic and obvious change.
Filler Options for Addressing Collagen Loss
Made by Allergan, the Juvederm® family of fillers includes several formulas, all made from cross-linked hyaluronic acid. Each filler in this line restores lost volume to specific areas of the face, smoothing lines for a more youthful aesthetic.
Ultra is specifically designed to add fullness to the lips. Ultra Plus is a thicker gel for smoothing out more severe folds and lines. Like Ultra, Volbella® is intended for the lips, but is best for modest, subtle enhancements, as well as addressing vertical lip lines. Vollure® focuses on nasolabial folds and marionette lines. Voluma® corrects collagen loss in the midface, where the apples of the cheeks work to show a youthful roundness in addition to holding up facial tissues that would otherwise sag down into jowls.
Another of our products is BELOTERO BALANCE®, from Merz Aesthetics. This injectable can temporarily fill in moderate to severe facial lines and wrinkles, including nasolabial folds, vertical lip lines, smile lines, and chin wrinkles.
Collagen loss is responsible for the formation of wrinkles that can be corrected by dermal fillers, but lines that appear due to decades of using the same muscles to make expressions require a different approach. BOTOX® is a muscle-relaxing neuromodulator, designed to smooth out forehead lines, frown lines, and lateral canthal lines—better known as crow's feet.
Given the range of noninvasive options available, Dr. Burnett will work with each patient to develop a customized treatment plan.*