Facial aging with time and anti-aging with wrinkle fillers in San Antonio
It is often said that the only constant in life is change, and that certainly holds true when speaking of our bodies. From the moment of birth our tissues, organs, and bodily structures are evolving. Early in life, this evolution focuses on growing, maturing, and strengthening. However, as the years pass the hands of time become less kind. The most noticeable evidence of aging is seen in the face, as hairlines recede, noses droop, and, of course, wrinkles develop.
How did I get here?
You look in the mirror only to discover that the soft contours, firm skin, and youthful glow have been replaced by an aged, unflattering appearance. What happened? Actually, it is a combination of many factors. A few of the most notable include:
- Facial fat – We tend to think of fat as a bad thing, but that is not always the case. Just beneath the skin lies a layer of fat. In youth, it is distributed evenly, with the addition of some thick pockets that help contour the temples, forehead, cheeks, and lips. Over time, that layer becomes thinner, causing unsupported skin to sag. Simultaneously, pockets may form in new areas, such as the chin, enhancing the “baggy” appearance.
- Collagen – One of the essential components in skin is collagen. This fibrous protein provides structural support for the overlying skin, as well as a foundation for hyaluronic acid and elastin retention. Over time, the production of collagen naturally decreases. It may also be lost to environmental damage.
- Elastin – As the name implies, this protein has an elastic quality, helping skin remain firm and resilient. It naturally diminishes along with collagen.
- Hyaluronic acid – Another skin component that decreases over time, hyaluronic acid is important for keeping skin hydrated and plump, as it binds with water.
How fillers can help
The loss of fat, moisture, and other components adds up quickly. By the time you reach the age of 30, you may have already lost one teaspoon of facial volume. Dermal fillers are injectable products that help replace lost volume, and restore youthful contours.
There are several classifications of fillers, most of which yield instant results. Polylactic acid fillers are unique in the fact that the results are not instant, but rather develop gradually. It is a very safe, biocompatible substance, which has been used for decades in the manufacturing of dissolving sutures. When injected into the skin, it stimulates the production of natural collagen. In the months following treatment, the skin becomes firmer, wrinkles diminish, and contours fill in – almost as if the aging process were working in reverse.
Currently, Sculptra Aesthetic is the only FDA approved filler of this type on the market. Because it is a rather new product, some dermatologists have minimal experience administering it. Dr. Vivian Bucay is known for staying at the forefront of advances in dermatology. She is not only experienced in using Sculptra, but also the only certified trainer in San Antonio. If you are considering dermal fillers, or any other medical or cosmetic dermatology treatment, call 210.692.3000 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Bucay today.