Ageing is inevitable and with it come the changes in your physical appearance. You lose the vibrancy and softness of your skin over the years. The gradual loss of volume of facial muscle and tissue results in sagging of your skin and wrinkles appearing all over the face. It’s not uncommon to see people who age rapidly or prematurely. This is the consequence of a shift in balance of our lifestyle and increasing mental stress.
Today, you can reverse the effects of ageing or at least prolong it to an extent through various facial cosmetic procedures. In Houston, you have a wide range of options when it comes to performing plastic surgery in order to reverse the effects of ageing. With a skilled surgeon and precautions taken, you can return to looking vibrant and youthful even in your advanced years. Dermal fillers are used extensively in plastic surgery clinics all over the country to eliminate wrinkles and give the face more volume and radiance.
How Should You Choose Your Surgeon
When doing facial cosmetic procedures, you need to exercise great caution in selecting your surgeon. Not all the plastic surgeons in Houston provide the level of expertise they claim to have. A misjudgment in choosing your plastic surgeon can result in you spending vast amounts of money with negative results. Dr. Mirwat S. Sami is one of the leading oculofacial plastic surgeons in the country and has extensive experience in performing a wide range of cosmetic facial procedures, including dermal fillers. A certified ophthalmologist, Dr Sami holds the reputation for providing customized facial surgery solutions for a wide range of conditions.
Understanding Dermal Fillers
Basically dermal fillers are used in non-invasive procedures help to mask the effects of ageing by enhancing and rejuvenating your face making it look younger and smarter. The effect is achieved by injecting dermal fillers beneath the skin layer and smoothening wrinkles and giving fuller looking lips. You can also add volume to areas such as the cheeks so that you can regain that taunt and young appearance. Dermal fillers provide a higher level of precision when compared to other techniques that are implemented to correct wrinkles. They are also more effective when it comes to treating wrinkles that are overly deep. Unlike other wrinkle correction procedures, the use of dermal fillers does not result in the contraction of your facial muscles. The best aspect about using dermal fillers is that the results are not permanent, and you can experiment with your look from time to time.
Key Benefits of Dermal Fillers
- Using dermal fillers provides you with options to treat wrinkles that are very deep and hard to access.
- They are biocompatible and are not generally known to cause any kind of reaction in patients.
- They are relatively non-invasive
- You can dissolve the dermal fillers with a simple injection in case you have any kind of problems
Are There Any Risks?
There are essentially no significant risks associated with dermal fillers, unlike some other forms of plastic surgery that involve going under the knife (such as breast augmentation or breast implants) if the patient has followed all instructions given in preparation for the procedure in the preceding weeks. In rare cases, there have been reports of mild swelling and redness. Apart from that, there is the risk of asymmetry forming after the filler injections have been administered; however, this is absolutely correctable and almost unnoticeable in most cases.
Are There Different Types of Dermal Fillers?
You have three options to choose from when it comes dermal fillers. There are the temporary fillers, the semi-permanent fillers, and the permanent version.
Temporary Dermal Fillers
Collagen-based fillers – Collagen is a natural protein produced by the body. It helps to add structure and provides reinforcement for the skin.
Calcium Hydroxylapatite – These are relatively heavier and denser. They are injected deeper under the skin. What makes this kind of filler distinct from the others is that they are not known to cause any kind of immune response owing to the fact that the material is naturally formed in bones.
Hyaluronic acid -based fillers – Similar to collagen, hyaluronic acid is a natural substance and promotes volume and fullness.
Semi-Permanent Dermal Fillers
As the name would imply, these fillers are designed to last longer. They contain poly-L-lactic acid, which is a biodegradable synthetic filler and is relatively thicker. They are generally used for deep facial lines. The results are long lasting; however, you will still need to appear for a “touch-up” appointment many weeks after the injections are performed.
These are generally recommended for insertion into areas where the skin is relatively thicker like the nasolabial folds. Made from a substance known as PMMA, it is not absorbed by the body and cannot be applied to areas surrounding the lips or eyes.
Some people go in for cheaper silicone injections, which are not recommended as for use as dermal fillers. It is not an option that has been approved by the FDA and is generally offered by unlicensed practitioners.
Post Procedure – Results and Recovery
The results are visible immediately after the procedure, which could last anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes depending on the area where injections are being done. Some patients are known to experience a little bit of swelling and bruising at the injection sites. This is temporary. You will be provided with an ice pack or compress to alleviate the swelling. In most case scenarios, you will achieve a full recovery from the procedure in a maximum period of ten days.
- MIRWAT S. SAMI – THE TRUSTED DOCTOR IN PLASTIC SURGERY FROM HOUSTON, TEXAS
Graduating at the top of her medical school, Dr Sami has vast experience in performing dermal injections for patients in a wide range of scenarios. Based in Houston, Texas, she has been known for her passion to bring a positive change in the lives of her patients and has always been dedicated towards providing the highest level of care consistently to the people in Houston, Texas. Dr Sami is a faculty member for a number of reputed institutes such as M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and Department of Plastic Surgery, Houston, Texas. She is immensely excited about providing guidance and mentoring time to residents who specialize in plastic surgery and ophthalmology.
Dr. Sami is indeed one of the few physicians in the country who have the necessary expertise to provide their skills equally for both cosmetic and medical concerns.