Here at McLean & Potomac Dermatology, we help many patients address the signs of aging by using specialized dermal fillers. Through a series of carefully-administered treatments, our expert providers can help patients smooth out wrinkles and add more contour and definition to the face.
One of the most important aspects of using dermal fillers is to achieve results that look natural. This requires a deep understanding of facial structures, how they visually balance each other, and how they change over time. Furthermore, because some fillers can take several days to show full effects, your provider must carefully estimate the change that will occur several days after the injection so that the face has natural and aesthetically pleasing contours.
Having helped thousands of patients look and feel their best, the expert providers at McLean & Potomac Dermatology will use their extensive expertise to help you understand how fillers affect your appearance and help you select the best treatment strategy for your situation.
How the Face Changes
As our bodies mature, the skin, muscles, and fatty tissues can change significantly. This can be especially apparent in the face. For example, one of the biggest causes of wrinkles and sagging skin is the loss of skin elasticity. When we are young, the skin is filled with collagen and elastin. These protein fibers form the natural support network of the skin and help it bounce back when it is pulled out of its usual place.
As we age, however, these fibers become damaged through UV radiation, other environmental factors, and the natural aging process. Furthermore, the skin loses some of its fibroblasts, the cells that produce collagen. The result is that the support structure becomes much weaker, causing wrinkles.
Although these issues can feel frustrating, the good news is that they can be effectively addressed with dermal fillers, which build up volume under the skin to provide support.
How Dermal Fillers Work
Many types of dermal fillers are available, all of which target wrinkles and loss of volume somewhat differently. Working with an experienced provider who understands the nuance of using these treatments to achieve the best results is essential. Some of the fillers we use at McLean & Potomac Dermatology include:
- JUVÉDERM®: This dermal filler is based on hyaluronic acid, which is valued for attracting moisture to the treatment site. Hyaluronic acid also occurs naturally in our bodies and can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in moisture. Within JUVÉDERM®, hyaluronic acid is formulated into a smooth, gel-like substance gently injected under the skin to create a natural volume. We can use JUVÉDERM® to address a variety of wrinkles, as well as to boost volume in the cheeks.
- Restylane®: Restylane® uses two types of technologies to deliver a natural and youthful-looking appearance. These products are formulated with XpresHAn Technology™ and NASHA Technology, which form to create a firmer gel texture that allows for precise injection, leading to a more pronounced lift and smoother skin. All Restylane® products deliver natural-looking results.
- Sculptra®: This filler provides support under the skin and stimulates collagen production in the long term to rebuild the skin’s natural support network. The main ingredient in Sculptra® is poly-L-lactic acid, which can boost collagen production in the treatment area.
It’s important to note that the fillers described above are just some of the many options available at McLean & Potomac Dermatology. We will help you select the best solution based on your unique situation.
Our goal isn’t just to help you reduce the appearance of wrinkles or fine lines but to utilize fillers to re-sculpt facial features to return the face to a more youthful appearance. As such, our providers pay special attention to creating the right balance and contour in the face.
Before and After Photos
Schedule Dermal Fillers in McLean, VA, or Potomac, MD
We offer several dermal filler options, including JUVEDERM®, Restylane®, and Sculptra®. These fillers take little time to administer and can dramatically improve the volume of your face, giving you a more youthful appearance that lasts for months (even years!).
Set up your consultation and explore our dermal fillers by messaging us on this site or calling us at (703) 356-5111.