Guide for Men Considering Dermal Fillers

Whereas maintaining a youthful, healthy appearance was once thought of as a woman’s worry, nowadays men take pains to take care of their looks, too. Nevertheless, when it comes to cosmetic surgery, men are often more reluctant than women—which is why so many men opt for non-surgical options using dermal fillers. These products offer the very benefits men want most: immediate, long-lasting improvements with no need for the knife and limited downtime for recovery. Here are some guide points specifically for men who are considering injectable fillers.

Dermal Fillers for the Male Face

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Environment, aging, and everyday activity all take their toll on the skin. Men’s faces have to deal with exposure, damage, and gender-specific issues, just as women’s do. The harsher the work, the longer the hours, the higher the stress, and the harder the play—the more the skin suffers. Also, some illnesses can mar and prematurely age the male face.

Injectable fillers can rapidly replace lost volume in the face where gaunt, creased cheeks and shadowed, sunken eyes occur. They can also reduce or remove the appearance of indented acne scars and stress lines in men of any age. Applied skillfully beneath the skin, these products bind with water molecules to help restore volume and tautness to smooth the skin’s surface and rejuvenate the face.

Male vs. Female Facial Anatomies

Fillers help give the face back its youthfulness by reinforcing its support structure. Men and women do have different facial anatomies, and those differences signal the perception of masculinity or femininity in facial features. In general, male cheekbones are lower and flatter, whereas rounder, higher “apple” cheeks are a common feature of the female face. Men are generally hairier and thicker-skinned than women overall, including in the face.

Dr. Franckle is experienced with facial injectables for men and understands the importance of visual balance. He can progressively fill the lower eyelids and upper cheeks to reduce shadowing yet maintain the sharpness of male facial angles. Balanced injections can help restore proportion and vitality to a “tired” male face without an “over-plumped,” or feminine-looking results.

Choosing the Right Products

Some dermal fillers, like the Restylane® line, work best in under-eye applications, while others such as the Juvéderm products provide longer-lasting results for cheeks. An experienced physician knows the latest products and will recommend options based on the patient’s goals. At our office, Dr. Franckle uses a 3-D imaging program to help his patients visualize potential results before deciding on any procedure.

For optimal results, men should consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon who has advanced experience administering dermal filler injections for men, like Dr. William Franckle, MD, FACS at Premier Plastic Surgery Arts. If you live in the Voorhees area, call us at 856-772-6500 or contact us online to schedule a consultation about using dermal fillers to enhance the male face.

 

Five Surprising Ways People Use Injectable Fillers

Injectable fillers are well known for plumping areas of the face that have lost volume. The lips, cheeks and smile lines are the most common, but that’s not all they’re used for. Here are some surprising ways that non-surgical injectables can help create a younger and healthier look.

Chin Augmentation

Woman smiling with her hand on her neckAlthough a chin augmentation can involve an invasive surgery, for some, similar results can be achieved in a much simpler way. With the use of dermal fillers, volume can be added in certain areas and a natural looking augmentation to the chin can be achieved. Just a small change can have a significant effect on the shape of the entire face.

Acne Scars

Severe cases of acne can often leave behind small, indented scars. For those who are frustrated with these scars, dermal fillers can restore the sunken areas, bringing them to the same level as the surrounding skin, and drastically reducing the appearance of the scarring.

Hand Rejuvenation

It’s not uncommon to see the first signs of aging in the hands, yet it is most often the area of the body we forget to treat. Loose skin, volume loss, or visible veins can all be alleviated with a calcium-based gel filler.

Foot Fillers

Although foot fillers can be used for cosmetic reasons, they can also be used to relieve soreness. Working similarly to gel insoles padding a shoe, these dermal fillers can cushion the balls of the feet, which bears the brunt of a body’s weight during walking or running.

Hollow Temples

Having hollow temples from aging is a commonly overlooked feature when it comes to facial rejuvenation. It can result in bones protruding more, creating an aged or unhealthy look. However, a small amount of dermal filler can restore volume to this area for a natural and healthy appearance, and can last as long as two years.

Dermal fillers aren’t just for the lips and cheeks. These small, unknown adjustments can take years off of any appearance.

 

Q&A: Your Guide to Injectable Fillers

Did you know that many unwanted signs of aging (i.e. wrinkles) can be attributed to volume loss in the face? As we age, we naturally lose fat under the skin and fine lines and wrinkles appear. Injectable fillers replace lost volume under the skin for a smoother, softer, more youthful appearance. If you’ve been considering injectable fillers, here’s what you need to know. Woman smiling with her hand on her neck

What are dermal fillers used for?

Injectable fillers are appropriate and effective for several aesthetic goals, including softening facial creases and wrinkles, enhancing facial contours, smoothing acne scars, plumping lips for a fuller appearance, and decreasing bags under the eyes. These effects are temporary and must be repeated to achieve long-term results. The treatment is done in the office and typically takes less than 30 minutes.

What are the different types of dermal fillers?

Hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvederm and Restylane are two of the most popular choices for filling in fine lines and wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid is found naturally in the body, with a greater concentration in skin cells. Synthetic wrinkle fillers are used for the same purpose and tend to last longer than those that contain substances already found in the skin. Autologous wrinkle fillers, or fat injection, makes use of your own fat to plump areas of the face that has lost volume. Fat is removed from one area of the body, prepared, then injected into the face.

How long do injectable fillers last?

You’ll likely enjoy the effects of an injectable filler treatment for six months all the way up to 2 years, depending on the type of filler used and how it reacts with your skin. When your desired results start to fade, fillers can safely be used again.

Who is a good candidate for dermal fillers?

Injectables are ideal for those who want a younger, refreshed appearance without the recovery time associated with traditional plastic surgery. Dermal fillers generally provide a more subtle change than invasive procedures. If you are interested in more permanent results, you may want to consider a surgical procedure, such as a face lift or brow lift. The ideal candidate for injectable fillers is a non-smoker in good overall health who is committed to ongoing skin care and has realistic expectations about what this treatment can achieve.

What’s the recovery like?

Most people resume regular activities immediately following the treatment, though intense physical activity should be avoided for 48 hours. Some may experience redness or temporary numbness at the injection site, mild bruising, or minor swelling. Icing and massage help to resolve these side effects within a few hours.

If you want to look younger and more rested but are not ready to commit to a surgical procedure, call 856-772-6500 to talk with Dr. Franckle about the benefits of injectable fillers. He can recommend a treatment plan based on your aesthetic goals.

 

FAQ: Injectable Fillers

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For patients who want a more youthful appearance and wish to eliminate fine lines or wrinkles at the brow line or mouth, injectable fillers offer a safe and affordable alternative to surgery. There are many options for your injectable filler treatment. We are here to talk with you about your goals and determine which product is right for you.

Can Fillers Replace a Facelift?

Injectable fillers cannot take the place of a traditional plastic surgery procedure. The results with an injectable filler are temporary and are not as dramatic as the results you can get from a facelift. By opting for an injectable filler, you may achieve a more youthful looking appearance without some of the risks and recovery associated with a surgery.

Do Fillers Work for Everyone?

While injectable  fillers are safe for most people, if you are in poor health or have pre-existing health problems, you may not be a candidate. Injectable fillers are ideal for most patients who are in good health and do not smoke.

How Long Is the Recovery Time?

You won’t have a long or lingering recovery time after an injectable filler treatment, but for some there may be redness at the injection site. This is temporary and will fade within a few hours. Other possible side effects include temporary swelling or numbness at the injection site. Most patients who choose injectable fillers go on with the rest of their day as usual without any downtime.

How Long Does a Treatment Last?

Injectable fillers are temporary measures, and the effect will fade over time. The exact amount of time will depend on your own skin, the filler you choose, and a variety of other factors. Most of our patients see their results last for six to twelve months after an injection. The treatment is safe and can be repeated as needed.

 

Fat from Your Hips to Your Lips?

How many times have you said to yourself – I would love to take the fat from my [insert area here] and put it in my [insert area here]?  We certainly would all love to evenly disperse our fat cells to achieve our perfect body. The good news is that we can perform a fat transfer procedure that may create your desired proportions.

With a fat transfer procedure, Dr. Franckle takes small amounts of fat cells from one area of the body and transfers those cells to another. For example, he can take fat from your hips (where a lot of excess fat cells are stored for many women) and inject it into your lips, which can create a more natural looking plump.  Common areas we retrieve fat from include the abdomen, buttocks or inner thighs. Areas we frequently inject fat into include the lips, cheeks, under eyes, hands and buttocks (the Brazillian butt lift).

How does this fat transfer procedure work? Fat is removed via liposuction and carefully re-injected into the new area. Dr. Franckle uses a technique to layer small injections of fat throughout the new area within different tiers of muscle and fat. Strategically placing the fat injections helps create a more natural look.

Besides the thrill of relocating your own fat, this procedure has many other benefits.  By using your own tissue, we are reducing the possibility of allergic reactions. Unlike other artificial injectable fillers, fat grafting can create longer-lasting results.  So what are you waiting for?*