While wrinkles are often the primary focus in aging concerns, other changes occur over time as well. The shape of the face gradually contributes to the aged look, as loss of volume in the midface diminishes the beautiful heart or oval contour you enjoyed in your youth. Hollowing is most frequently due to loss of bone and soft tissue in this area but can be exacerbated by weight fluctuations and gravity. However, the cause is not as important as the solution that reverses these telltale signs of aging and restores your youthful appearance.
What is Temporal Hollowing?
Temporal hollowing refers to the loss of soft tissue in the temples, which are located on either side of the eyes. As this area changes, it can cause the face to take on almost a skeletal look that can make you look older or more tired than you feel. The difference may begin in your 20s, and collagen depletion starts early and decreases gradually over the middle years of life. By the time you hit your 40s, the difference in your facial shape might become much more noticeable.
How is it Corrected?
Dr. Barrett uses a variety of dermal fillers to restore volume to the temple area, with results that can last for many months or even years. Injectable dermal fillers are a minimally-invasive procedure that is quick and relatively comfortable. Using products like Sculptra, which contains poly-L-lactic acid, or Radiesse, which features calcium hydroxyapatite, he can revive shallow contours and soften skin creases at the same time. At the same time, these formulations stimulate additional collagen production within the dermal structure to produce a natural, long-lasting effect.
Is Temporal Hollowing Correction Right for You?
You might consider temporal hollowing correction if you have noticed a sunken appearance in this area of your face. In addition to adding volume, these products can be used to address:
- Deep facial lines and wrinkles
- Shallow acne scarring
- Mild skin laxity
- Loss of fullness in other areas like the cheeks
Dr. Barrett can address multiple concerns in a single treatment session, giving you a dramatically refreshed appearance with just one appointment at our office. He will take the time to talk to you before your treatment so he can understand your goals and tailor your treatment to your precise needs.
Benefits of Temporal Hollowing Correction
There are numerous advantages to choosing dermal filler injections over surgical methods of skin rejuvenation for concerns like temple hollowing:
- Quick, comfortable procedure
- No anesthesia required
- No downtime after treatment Some results are seen within days
- No incisions mean no post-treatment scarring
- Effects can last up to two years or longer
Temporal Hollowing Correction Overview
Temporal hollowing correction is performed right in our office and usually takes 30 minutes or less to complete. Dr. Barrett will ensure your comfort during your procedure, which might involve numbing cream or ice packs before administering your injections. Formulations also contain a numbing medication in many cases, to further minimize discomfort. Most patients discover a shot in the arm tends to be more painful than dermal filler injections performed by Dr. Barrett.
Dr. Barrett will take care to place injections in the precise locations to yield the best possible results. His goal is to produce natural, beautiful rejuvenation that is subtle but effectively turns back the clock on your look overall. Symmetry is also a key component to successful temporal hollowing correction, and Dr. Barrett’s extensive experience and expertise in facial anatomy will ensure your results are balanced and proportionate to the rest of your facial features.
After Temporal Hollowing Correction
You may experience some mild swelling around the injection points, which should subside within a few days. Other side effects are rare since Dr. Barrett is an experienced injector that knows how to place injections in safe areas of the face where they will produce the best outcome. You may see results quickly if Radiesse was used for your treatment. This filler works both right away to provide support to the dermal structure and later as the filler stimulates the body to produce additional collagen. Sculptra primarily functions as a collagen stimulator, so you may not see positive effects for a few months. However, those results should extend for a few years.
Refreshing Your Appearance
Refreshing your look is often as easy as a few quick injections of dermal filler. This is particularly true when volume is lost in crucial areas like the temples. To learn more about this procedure, contact Barrett Plastic Surgery today at 310-598-2648.