When Should You Get Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are a popular non-surgical cosmetic procedure for improving facial features and treating the signs of aging. These injectable substances can be used to plump up thin lips, restore volume to hollowed cheeks, smooth out wrinkles, and make scars less visible.
While older adults are turning to face fillers to reverse the signs of ageing, younger adults are getting fillers to prevent them.
But How Early Should You Get Them?
There is no exact answer to this question, since people’s skin condition can vary greatly. However, a rough age when you can consider the need for filler treatments is your mid-20s.
In this article we’ll examine the reasons why your 20s is a good time to start, why age shouldn’t be the sole indicator to considering fillers, and how to avoid looking older with filler treatment.
Why Your Mid-20s May Be A Good Time To Get Fillers
Collagen and elastin levels in your body start to decline in your 20s and 30s, with the drop becoming more drastic from 40 onwards. With a drop in collagen, your skin loses its elasticity, giving way to wrinkles and other signs of ageing.
As a preemptive step, you can inject the areas that typically cause wrinkles, like the muscles around the mouth, eyes and eyebrows. You won’t be able, of course, to permanently delay these changes from happening, but you can keep yourself looking younger longer — and in the long run prevent the need for extensive anti-ageing treatments.
Think of it as an investment — the more money (collagen) you accumulate in your bank, the more rewards you reap in future. Some filler brands we carry are Restylane, Juvederm and Belotero.
However, it’s important to know that everyone’s skin is different. Rather than focusing on a particular age, you should look out for these signs of ageing.
What Are The Signs You Might Need Dermal Fillers?
1. Loss of Volume
As you age, your skin naturally loses volume and elasticity. This causes sunken cheeks, hollow temples and a loss of firmness in the under-eye area.
2. Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Your skin loses its elasticity and becomes thinner as you grow older. This causes the skin to develop fine lines and wrinkles, particularly around the mouth, eyes, and forehead.
3. Thinning Lips
The volume and plumpness of your lips may also decrease with age.
When these signs occur and how pronounced they are depend on your health, genetics and other factors. For some people, these signs show quite quickly in their 20s and, for others, these signs only show in their 30s.
But a general rule of thumb is – as long as you start noticing obvious signs of ageing, you’re already half too late. Your best bet is to get a headstart – a little (filler) goes a long way.
Ultimately, it is up to you and your doctor to decide whether filler treatment is right for you. A doctor can assess your facial anatomy and advise you not only on whether dermal fillers are ideal for you but which type is suitable for your skin concern.
Can Fillers Cause You To Look Older?
The short answer is yes.
While filler treatment can help you look younger longer, when done in the hands of an inexperienced doctor, it can achieve the opposite effect instead.
Dermal fillers can be overdone, resulting in an unnatural, puffy look. This is also known as overfilled face syndrome – look at celebrities like Madonna and Nicole Kidman as classic examples.
Younger individuals may sometimes be more inclined to request excessive amounts of filler to achieve their desired look. It’s good to remember, however, that less can sometimes be more. A subtle enhancement can be effective in achieving a natural-looking result.
Fillers, as shared above, can help treat sunken cheeks and wrinkles. But no amount of filler (or lack thereof, vis a vis the point above) can help you look younger if you lead a lifestyle that accelerates ageing. Lack of exercise and proper dieting, smoking, alcohol – these factors contribute greatly to ageing and can be counterproductive to anti-ageing treatments.
Are Dermal Fillers Only For Ageing?
Besides treating signs of ageing, like wrinkles and sunken cheeks, fillers can also help with other skin concerns (which, by the way, when addressed can go a long way in turning back time).
1. Correcting Asymmetry
Some people are born with one side of their face noticeably different from the other. Dermal fillers in Singapore can be used to balance their features.
2. Reducing Scarring
Dermal fillers can also be used to fill in scars or indentations in the skin, such as those caused by acne or injury.
3. Providing a Non-surgical Option
Some of us may be more wary of going under the knife. Dermal fillers can be a non-surgical alternative to invasive procedures like facelifts, and they can sometimes achieve similar results with less downtime and fewer risks. In order to get results closest to a facelift, though, it is recommended you start filler treatment when you have minimal signs of ageing.
Getting Dermal Fillers In Singapore
It is important to do thorough research and choose a qualified and experienced doctor for filler treatment. At the same time, you may also want to check the price of dermal fillers when making your decision.
At SL Aesthetic Clinic, we have years of experience providing non-invasive facial rejuvenation procedures. Our doctors can advise you on the best course of treatment based on your health and aesthetic goals. Contact us today.