Facial fillers are the second most popular cosmetic procedure performed in the US, and they have the ability to dramatically rejuvenate your facial appearance by restoring volume lost as a result of aging.
But facial fillers are limited in their ability to recreate facial structure, so if you want to get the best results, you need to make sure your face has a solid foundation.
What Soft Tissue Fillers Can and Can’t Do
Facial fillers are sometimes called soft tissue fillers, because that’s what they are. These fillers are injectable gels that need to be fluid to insert themselves into your facial structure. This means that they’re optimally suited for taking the place of lost soft tissue volume, such as fat or skin thickness. But they’re not ideally suited for taking the place of bone or providing real structural support to your tissues.
Even when fillers are used to simulate augmentation of bony structures, like the cheeks or chin, they really only work because there is a good bone structure underlying them, it’s just not as prominent as you would like it.
Your Teeth Are the Foundation of Your Face
One of the causes of volume loss in the face that fillers can’t make up for is the loss of tooth volume. Your teeth underlie the structure of your face, and as they get worn down or lost, the lower third of your face contracts, contributing to sagging, hollow cheeks, deep facial folds around the mouth, hanging jowls, and poorly defined jaw.
If you try to use fillers to correct these effects without shoring up the structural support, you will get poor results. In order to get the best results from your facial fillers, you have to start with the foundation, and that means your teeth.
If you still have your teeth, but they’re worn or damaged, a nonsurgical facelift can be used to restore your teeth–and therefore your face–to a more youthful state. If you’ve lost your teeth, your dentures are likely the problem. We can give you dentures that are designed to replicate a youthful tooth structure and provide adequate support to your face for a truly youthful appearance.
If you’ve tried facial fillers and you’ve been unhappy with the results, it’s possible the problem is your underlying tooth structure. To learn how a nonsurgical facelift in Savannah can help you, please call for an appointment with a cosmetic dentist at The Durham Office, providing Beyond Exceptional Dentistry.