Dermal Fillers for the Temples
As we age, our facial skin loses elasticity and volume, which can lead to a sunken, hollow look to the face. The temples are one of the more prominent areas from which the face can lose volume.
If the temples lose volume, they can give the entire face a skeletal, gaunt look, in addition to making the forehead look overly large in comparison to the rest of the face. Fortunately, dermal fillers offer a minimally invasive solution to produce more fullness in the temples and help restore a youthful appearance to the face.
Read further to find out more about how the body can lose fullness in the temple area, how we perform dermal filler procedures, and what you can expect afterward.
Loss of Volume in the Temples
The human body produces a type of protein called collagen, which helps fill out the skin tissue over the skeletal framework, providing fullness and firmness.
As part of the natural aging process, the body loses collagen, so there is a loss of volume to the skin tissue. Smoking and excessive sun exposure can also break down collagen fibers even more quickly.
Other causes for loss of skin tissue volume around the temples can include dramatic weight loss and intense exercise over the course of several months.
Dermal Filler Material and Procedure
Dermal fillers can be made from a variety of materials, but they are all designed to add volume to the area in which they are injected. They soft, gel-like material is injected into the temples, adding volume and contour.
Because the temples are a relatively large, prominent area, we may use thicker dermal fillers than those generally used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
The procedure is quite simple and can be accomplished during a regular office visit of no more than 30 minutes. The doctor will make a series of injections in the areas of the temple where volume is needed. A topical anesthetic will either be applied before he makes the injections or be mixed in with the dermal filler.
What to Expect after the Procedure
The most common side effects after dermal filler injections is minor tenderness, swelling, redness, or bruising. These should subside within a few days.
All of these side effects can be treated with cold gel packs or cold compresses. Makeup can also be used to cover any redness or bruising at the injection site.
Because we use a thicker dermal filler for the temples, the results may not be apparent for the first few days. In most cases, results can be seen by the first week after the procedure. Results usually last anywhere from six to 12 months, at which time, another procedure can be done.
Because the temples are a relatively large area of the face, compared to the brows, loss of volume as a result of aging can be particularly noticeable in that area. Fortunately, a thicker dermal filler can help improve the appearance of this area of the face.
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