Dermal Fillers Houston
Dermal fillers offer a non-surgical way to rejuvenate the natural beauty of the face. Dermal filler injections are easy, quick, and provide noticeable and natural-looking results. Men and women can benefit from dermal fillers in Houston performed at Houston Oculofacial Plastic Surgery.
With the passing of time, our face tends to lose volume and this together with loss of skin elasticity and actinic damage results in sagging, droopiness and hollowness. The ageing process varies from person to person and the degree of volume loss is also variable. Additionally, there are some that might already have a degree of volume deficiency in certain areas leading to a “gaunt” or hollow look from the start, that might consider cosmetic procedures to overcome this.
Ageing Produces Collagen Loss
The ageing process results in loss of collagen and elastin, the building blocks of our skin’s architecture. This together with actinic or sun damage results in wrinkles, lines, deflation or sag and hollows. While botulinum toxin can help relax the wrinkles and lines created by dyamic facial expressions such as smiling or frowning, fillers are needed to treat the volume loss in areas of hollow or where the lines are fixed or adynamic.
There is now an increasing trend towards minimally invasive techniques. According to recent surveys carried out by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, of the top 5 nonsurgical cosmetic procedures performed in the US, fillers come in second to Botox in popularity.
Dr. Sami Specialist With Dermal Fillers
Dr. Sami’s vast experience with dermal fillers together with her keen aesthetic sense for facial appearances, have led her to devote an entire clinic to filler injections for her cosmetic patients. At her practice, she uses HA (hyaluronic acid) fillers including Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm and Voluma.
Injectable dermal fillers can plump thin lips, enhance shallow contours, soften facial creases, remove wrinkles and improve the appearance of recessed scars. They are great at smoothing, tightening, plumping and volumizing with virtually no downtime. Plus you get instant gratification with most of the more popular products.
Dermal fillers have been called “liquid facelifts” because they offer many of the benefits of a small surgical facelift without the downtime. Although they can’t help with excess sagging skin, these soft tissue fillers can add more volume and provide immediate results.
Some dermal fillers can be used in conjunction with other skin rejuvenation treatments such as injections of botulinum toxin.
We encourage you to take a few minutes to learn more about the rejuvenative treatments we offer listed in the Cosmetic Procedures section.
If you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sami, please do not hesitate to contact us at 713-668-1264 so we can help enhance your life.
The Importance of Collagen and Elastin
The basic building blocks of our skin are elastin and collagen. Elastin is an elastic fiber found just underneath skin and collagen is at a deeper level and is found in many different varieties and basically together they give our skin resilience, texture and the feeling of health. Hyaluronic acid is an integral support molecule for collagen and elastin to help keep our skin looking young. As we age and decreased hydration occurs, we lose vital hyaluronic acid, collagen and elastin. Environmental exposures also contribute to the loss of these important skin structures, such as sun, smoking and pollution. As a result of this process, we develop wrinkles, lines and hollows.
Types of Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers can be divided into two categories: Temporary and Semi-Permanent. Hyaluronic Acid, or HA, fillers that we use in our practice are temporary fillers.
Injecting hyaluronic acid generates volume in the face, giving it a healthy, youthful appearance. When injected, the HA molecules draw in water and cause the tissue underneath to swell. They’re made of biodegradable, non-animal HA and, unlike collagen, pose no risk of allergic reaction or being rejected by the body. The other wonderful thing about HA fillers is that if you don’t like the effect, we can inject an enzyme called hyaluronidase, again something found naturally in the body, that will dissolve it completely or partially away.
HA fillers include Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm and Voluma. They differ in their molecular size, water absorption and longevity as well as the plane of depth of injections.
It is these characteristics, together with patients’ unique personal features that help us decide which filler to use in different areas. For example, the tear-trough or under-eye area, with it’s thin and translucent skin warrants the use of a product with a smaller molecular size and less water absorption, as opposed to the midface and cheeks where a more robust molecular size filler would be a more viable option.
Please call us at 713-668-1264 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mirwat Sami, to decide which filler option would best suit your facial rejuvenation needs.
What areas can fillers address?
When deciding where to inject filler, there are a few features that need to be first carefully considered by your surgeon. Skin is examined for texture and elasticity, tone and laxity. Next the areas of volume loss such as cheek and under eye area are carefully examined. Areas of sag such as jowls are also looked at. Also scars, surgical incisions and genetic bony structure also need to be considered.
Once the face is well-studied, the areas of concern can be discussed at length and a game-plan created. Most frequent areas of concern include under-eye “dark circles”, tear trough deformity, midface sag, jowls, nasolabial folds, receding lips, laugh lines, and scars.
The Benefits of Dermal Filler Injections
Dr. Sami can use the various fillers to help her patients achieve a refreshed, youthful and invigorated appearance without looking “overdone”. With her background in Oculoplastics, she is one of the few plastic surgeons who can safely and effectively use filler in the periorbital region to address dark circles and hollows under the eyes as well as crows’ feet. In a number of instances, this can help patients avoid more invasive surgery such as eyelid lifts for a few years by masking the signs of ageing with fillers and other rejuvenative techniques.
Dr. Sami has used dermal fillers in other interesting, unique and perfectly safe ways with fantastic aesthetic outcomes. From perking up the hook-end of a patient’s nose to a more Romanesque quality, to filling in body-piercing scars, to correcting brow asymmetry, Dr. Sami’s filler clinics always “fill up”, so to speak!
Evidence suggests that our perception of physical beauty is hardwired into our brains and is based on how closely symmetric someone’s features are. Beauty depends on balance rhythm, proportion, emphasis and unity. Take any really attractive celebrity and look at each feature separately.. no one has the perfect features or perfect symmetry. But together those imperfect features create the almost perfectly attractive visage due to the harmony and balance of all the elements. So in other words, the lips that would look perfect on one face might not sit well on another.
After Dermal Filler Injections
Because dermal filler treatments are non-surgical, there is no lengthy recovery period following the treatment. There may be some swelling and slight bruising around the injection areas. These issues should subside over the following days. Most normal activities can be resumed right away, but strenuous physical activity should be avoided for a few days.
The Cost of Dermal Filler Injections
Treatment cost can vary based on the type of dermal filler used, the number of areas being treated, and the amount of product needed to provide the desired results. Dr. Sami can address any questions you may have about the price of dermal fillers and your payment options during your consultation.
Schedule a Consultation
If you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sami, please do not hesitate to contact us at 713-668-1264 so we can help enhance your life with dermal fillers. Dr. Sami is an expert in the field of facial cosmetic procedures and has a comprehensive understanding of facial aesthetics. Dr. Sami can provide you with natural-looking results from dermal fillers in Houston.