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Enhancing Your Natural Beauty With Facial Fillers

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woman looking at herself in the mirror.

With our busy, stress-filled lives, the effects can often show on our skin through wrinkles, fine lines, or a general loss of vibrancy. You might have tried several creams and home remedies to combat these signs. But what if there was a more effective way? A method that embraces your individuality while subtly reversing the signs of aging? Enter facial fillers – a popular, minimally invasive cosmetic treatment becoming the go-to solution for people worldwide. In this blog post, we’ll dive deep into enhancing your natural beauty with facial fillers, discussing what they are, their benefits, and how they can help reduce the visible effects of stress on your skin. By the end, you’ll understand why facial fillers might be the rejuvenating treatment you’ve been searching for.

Understanding Facial Fillers

Facial fillers are substances in the form of a gel that can be injected beneath the skin. They can help smooth your wrinkles, soften your creases, restore the volume you once had, or enhance your facial features. These fillers come in many types, each designed to target specific areas or concerns, from fine lines around the eyes to enhance the volume in your cheeks or lips. The beauty of facial fillers lies in their ability to rejuvenate your face and counteract the skin’s stress-induced damage while maintaining your unique features. They are a means of enhancing your natural beauty rather than radically altering your appearance. In the upcoming sections, we will explore the benefits and process of getting facial fillers to help you understand if this cosmetic treatment aligns with your beauty goals.

Benefits of Using Facial Fillers

Facial fillers offer a myriad of benefits that extend beyond merely enhancing your beauty. For starters, they serve as an excellent solution to counteract the visible signs of aging that lifestyle choices may hasten. Habits like smoking, excessive sun exposure, and poor diet can accelerate aging, resulting in premature wrinkles, reduced elasticity, and loss of volume. Facial fillers can combat these issues effectively by filling in wrinkles and restoring the face’s natural plumpness. This gives you a youthful, refreshed appearance while maintaining the essence of who you are.

In addition, fillers can also be used to enhance certain facial features like your lips or cheeks, providing a subtle lift or adding volume. This results in a natural-looking effect that complements your beauty. In the next section, we’ll guide you through getting facial fillers, offering insight into what you can expect every step of the way.

The Process of Getting Facial Fillers

The journey towards enhancing your natural beauty with facial fillers begins with a professional consultation. This is a crucial step, as it allows your practitioner to understand your beauty goals, assess your skin’s condition, and determine the most suitable type of filler for you.

Once a plan is agreed upon, the treatment process is relatively quick and straightforward. The targeted areas are thoroughly cleaned, and a numbing cream may be applied for comfort. Then, the practitioner injects the filler beneath the skin using a fine needle. The number of injections will depend on the treated areas and the desired results.

Following the procedure, you might experience some swelling or bruising, but these side effects are typically mild and will disappear within a few days. It’s also important to avoid strenuous activities immediately following the treatment, giving your skin time to heal and settle. Remember, every individual’s experience with facial fillers can vary, but a trained professional will guide you through the entire process, ensuring a safe and effective treatment. Next, we’ll delve into who makes a good candidate for facial fillers.

A person getting a facial filler treatment.

The procedure is simple and fast.

The Right Candidate for Facial Fillers

While facial fillers are gaining popularity for their ability to enhance beauty naturally, it’s important to understand that they may not be suitable for everyone. The ideal candidates for facial fillers are individuals in good general health, have realistic expectations, and understand the treatment’s scope. Age and skin condition also play crucial roles in determining candidacy.

For example, younger individuals who wish to augment certain facial features may find fillers beneficial. Similarly, older individuals experiencing volume loss or wrinkles can also enjoy the rejuvenating benefits of facial fillers.

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Lastly, it’s a misconception that only women can benefit from facial fillers. Men can achieve impressive results, contributing to a more youthful and refreshed appearance. We will next address common questions about facial fillers to help you further understand this beauty-enhancing treatment.

Man looking at himself in the mirror.

Enhancing your natural beauty with facial fillers is possible even for men.

Frequently Asked Questions about Facial Fillers

With the popularity of facial fillers, many questions and concerns naturally arise, particularly around their safety. The first thing to remember is that while facial fillers are a cosmetic treatment, they are minimally invasive and far less drastic than surgical procedures. This has significantly reduced the stigma around plastic surgery, as fillers enhance your natural beauty rather than transform it completely.

One common question revolves around potential risks and side effects. As with any treatment, there are potential risks, including bruising, swelling, and in rare cases, more severe complications. However, these risks are greatly minimized when a trained, certified professional performs the procedure.

Another frequently asked question is about the longevity of facial fillers. The duration of the effects can vary depending on the type of filler used, the area treated, and individual metabolic factors. Still, generally, results can last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years.

Finally, many people inquire about the necessary maintenance. Typically, to keep the desired results, you might need follow-up sessions. Your practitioner will guide you on a personalized plan to maintain your refreshed look.

Woman enjoying the sunset.

Facial fillers can give you more confidence in yourself.

Final thoughts

Facial fillers offer a promising solution to subtly reverse the signs of aging, soften lines, and enhance certain features, all while preserving and enhancing your natural beauty. They act as a bridge between skincare products and more invasive cosmetic procedures, providing noticeable yet natural results. As we’ve seen, enhancing your natural beauty with facial fillers isn’t overly complex but requires the expertise of trained professionals to ensure safe and effective treatment. It’s a personalized journey tailored to your unique beauty goals that more and more people find to be a valuable part of their beauty routine. Whether you’re battling the toll stress has taken on your skin, hoping to slow down the clock, or just aiming to boost your confidence, facial fillers might be the cosmetic treatment you’ve been searching for.

Fillers vs. Facelift

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Patient underwent facelift and neck lift surgery with Dr. Wald.

Nobody wants to admit they are aging, but our faces can slowly betray us and tell a different story. Facial aging affects everyone, and if you live a harsh lifestyle that may involve excessive alcohol consumption and significant amounts of sun exposure, visible aging might affect you sooner. Luckily, we can slow and improve facial aging through at-home creams, non-surgical treatments, and surgery. But the wrong treatment can leave you with lackluster results that do not create the youthful appearance you desire.

At-Home Creams

At-home products are ideal for keeping your skin hydrated, preventing acne, and occasionally treating discoloration. However, you shouldn’t be fooled by products that claim they will reverse wrinkles through a cream or serum. Collagen loss deep in the facial tissues is what cause wrinkles and laxity. At-home products cannot penetrate deeply enough to provide you the correction you desire.

Fillers to Erase Wrinkles

Wrinkles from volume loss are typically the result of collagen loss, which occurs as a natural part of the aging process. You can begin to develop wrinkles as early as your late 20s. If you’ve begun to show signs of wrinkles, but your skin has still retained its youthful firmness, then fillers are the ideal treatment for you. Dermal fillers, or other injectables like BOTOX® Cosmetic, are ideal for treating the following:

  • Nasolabial folds
  • Crow’s feet
  • Under eye wrinkles
  • Smile lines
  • Volume loss at the cheeks

Facelift to Improve Sagging

The primary goal of a facelift is to reverse sagging that has caused a drooping appearance. A facelift address aging of the lower-third of the face including the cheeks, jawline, jowls, and neck. During facelift surgery, we remove excess hanging skin and lift the weak facial tissues. This deep correction is the key to achieving natural and long-lasting results.

Facial Enhancement Alternatives

If you are experiencing aging in the upper face that is caused by sagging skin, you may consider a combination procedure that includes one or more of the following:

To discuss your facial needs with a board-certified plastic surgeon, schedule a consultation by calling 714-312-3549.

Look Great in 2017 Non-surgically!

INFINI™ Laser ResultsA new year is here! It is time to freshen up your look and become a brand new you. With so many non-surgical options in the world of cosmetic surgery, you don’t even need to go near an operating table to look and feel more youthful. Dr. Robert Wald offers a variety of non-surgical procedures that have proven results with less downtime and pain. It’s time to look great in 2017 and be the best version of yourself you can be!

Injectables and Fillers for a Smoother Facial Appearance

The stress of last year may have worn and tired your appearance, and facial injectable fillers are ideal options for smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles with minimal pain and recovery. Within one short office visit, you can quickly “touch up” aging indicators to create a younger, more rejuvenated facial appearance. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the increasing popularity of non-surgical facial rejuvenation continues to grow and provides endless customization for patients. You can undergo one or a combination of our injectable treatments.

Injectables and Fillers Offered:

  • JUVÉDERM®: Composed of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the body, JUVÉDERM® can treat smile lines, wrinkles under the eyes, loss of fat in the cheeks, and thin lips.
  • Restylane®: This hyaluronic acid formula helps fill nasolabial folds, creases around the mouth, and loss of volume in the cheeks.
  • RADIESSE®: Made of calcium hydroxylapatite, this injectable effectively treats marionette lines, depressions on the nose, smile lines, loss of volume in the cheeks, and loss of definition along the jawline.
  • BOTOX® Cosmetic: Made of a protein derived from botulinum toxin type A that blocks nerve impulses to temporarily paralyze facial muscles, BOTOX® Cosmetic can help to target frown lines, crow’s feet, and wrinkles along the forehead.

Non-surgical Facelift With INFINI Laser

Aging, sun exposure, environmental factors, and stress can all impact the overall appearance of the face. As time goes on, the tissues on the face tend to dry out and sag. INFINI™ Laser is a radiofrequency (RF) microneedling device that helps to remove wrinkles and reduce facial skin laxity. Patients can achieve results similar to those of a facelift without the surgical scars and pain.

Eliminate Fat From the Love Handles and Abdomen

Many of us have noticed how much the holiday season has caused us to pack on the pounds. We can diet and exercise to get rid of the unwanted weight, but sometimes even a healthy lifestyle provides little to no success. SculpSure® is one of the latest fat-reduction technologies designed to target stubborn areas such as the love handles and abdomen. Using custom-designed applicators, the SculpSure® device emits laser technology to eliminate fat by attacking the fat cells and melting them down.

Dr. Wald is an experienced plastic surgeon who can help you decide on the right treatment for you. Schedule your consultation today! Contact us by calling (714) 312-3549 or by filling out our online contact form.

Brighten up the Face for Spring

Before and After Laser Skin ResurfacingSpring is here! The flowers are blooming and the sun is shining, but you may find yourself looking in the mirror and see that your face is not reflecting in the same bright and beautiful way. The cold winter months have likely taken a toll on your facial skin. Fine lines, wrinkles, splotches, sun damage, and acne scars may make you feel and look old, tired, and worn out. It is time to brighten up the facial skin so you can enjoy some springtime fun. With so many non-surgical cosmetic options available, you can rejuvenate the face to gain fresher and smoother skin without having to undergo a strenuous procedure that requires a long recovery time.

Non-Surgical Facial Rejuvenation

  • BOTOX® Cosmetic: This FDA-approved neurotoxin is made up of a protein derived from botulinum toxin type-A that blocks nerve impulses to temporarily paralyze the facial muscles that cause wrinkles. BOTOX® Cosmetic can reduce the appearance of:
    • Lines and wrinkles on the forehead
    • Frown lines between the brows
    • Crow’s feet
  • Injectable fillers: Injectables reduce signs of aging on the face by filling in wrinkles and creases and adding volume to restore a fuller, more youthful look. Depending on the target area and the patient’s preference, Dr. Wald will use one of the following injectable formulas:
    • Restylane®
  • Laser Skin Resurfacing: This laser treatment uses an erbium-yag laser that emits a beam of light to remove unwanted tissue, such as scarred, wrinkled, and lined skin. It works by vaporizing the skin cells by emitting bursts of light  that are absorbed by the water in those cells. It can target:
    • Tiny wrinkles
    • Acne scars
    • Minor skin imperfections
  • Sciton® Laser: Infrared energy is used to heat dermal collagen deeply while protecting the treatment area with sapphire contact cooling. Dr. Wald manipulates the laser to emit the wavelength appropriate for the target depth of damaged tissue. The Sciton® Laser can help to diminish the appearance of:
    • Blemishes
    • Acne and acne scarring
    • Lax, aged, or damaged skin

By undergoing one or a combination of non-surgical rejuvenation treatments, a patient can expect to have softer, brighter, more youthful facial skin. With shorter recovery times, immediate results, and minimal pain, non-surgical treatments are an excellent option for providing natural-looking improvements to the face.

To find out how you can achieve smoother, rejuvenated skin, schedule your consultation with Dr. Wald by calling (714) 312-3549 or by filling out our online contact form.

The Difference Between Facial Injectables

BOTOX vs. Other InjectablesYour face is the most visible part of your body. When aging, sun exposure, genetics, and more cause facial fine lines and volume loss, there’s no way to hide it. However, with facial injectables, you can effectively minimize the appearance of wrinkles and facial volume loss so that you don’t have to worry about hiding anything. Dr. Robert Wald uses facial injectables to smooth wrinkles and fill in thinning areas to restore a more youthful facial appearance. To help you determine which treatment may be right for your needs, here are the basic differences between facial injectables.

BOTOX® Cosmetic

BOTOX® Cosmetic is a highly popular injectable used to treat frown lines, forehead lines, and crow’s feet. It is a neurotoxin formula derived from botulinum toxin type A, and it blocks nerve signals to slow muscle contractions and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Results last between three and six months, after which point many patients return for touch-up treatments. Interestingly enough, BOTOX® is also FDA approved to treat a number of medical conditions such as chronic migraine headaches, cervical dystonia, blepharospasms, and overactive bladder.

Injectable Fillers

In contrast with BOTOX® Cosmetic, injectable fillers do not interfere with nerve impulses and muscle contractions. Rather, they simply fill in the areas of the face where volume loss contributes to an aged appearance. They are also FDA approved and can effectively fill in wrinkles around the eyes, smile lines, nasal depressions, loss of jawline definition, loss of cheek volume, and thinning lips. The results of treatment with facial fillers may last longer than the results of treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic.

  • JUVÉDERM®: This dermal filler made of hyaluronic acid can correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles. JUVÉDERM® can effectively treat smile lines, thin lips, loss of fat in the cheeks, loss of jawline definition, and wrinkles under the eyes.
  • Restylane®: This dermal filler made of hyaluronic acid can also treat facial lines and folds. Restylane® can effectively treat loss of volume in the cheeks, creases around the mouth, and nasolabial folds.
  • RADIESSE®: This injectable is made of calcium hydroxylapatite microspheres and stimulates collagen production to improve skin elasticity. RADIESSE® can also effectively fill in wrinkles and treat smile lines, loss of volume in the cheeks, marionette lines, nasal depressions, and loss of jawline definition.

If you feel you are a good candidate for facial rejuvenation with facial injectables, please contact our Orange County practice today. As you meet with Dr. Wald to discuss your desires, he will determine which treatment method is best for you. Call (714) 312-3549 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your personal consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Wald.

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