Summary: Why are dermal fillers in 2017 always one of the most popular choices for patients? What is it about these procedures that make them particularly common choices, especially when the marketplace is flooded with competition? Well, there are a few reasons that dermal fillers are quite popular in 2017.
Are Dermal Fillers in 2017 Still Popular?
In many ways, dermal fillers in 2017 haven’t changed all that dramatically. Just another year, another continued marker of broad success. Year after year, dermal fillers have been growing more popular—but that popularity can be difficult to fathom. After all, how does something like an injectable catch on, especially when they’ve been around for a while?
It’s a sensible question. While new dermal filler-based products come out almost every year, they’re all functioning on the same basic principle: use an injection to fill volume beneath the skin. It seems as though that would produce a rather limited field of possible patients. But that’s not what the data bear out.
Indeed, what we really see (in 2017 included) is that dermal fillers just keep getting more popular. There are more procedures being performed ever year. Why is that? Let’s take a look at some possible answers.
Increasing Aging Population
We’re living in a time in which the so-called “Baby Boomers” are getting older. That is, the aging population is increasing. That has a lot of repercussions for all kinds of medical issues (not to mention housing issues and the economy—but those are other articles). But it also shows in the some of the rising numbers of dermal filler injections.
As you age, there are going to be obvious signs of, well, aging. You get more wrinkles and lines and your face develops some excess skin. That’s fine for some people, but not everyone likes the experience of looking in the mirror and seeing the evidence of aging. Many people, in fact, do all they can to hide those signs of aging.
That’s largely because people don’t feel as old as they look. Their body image is distinctly younger. So they want to use dermal fillers in order to achieve that younger look. These injections provide an incredibly safe, low-stakes way to achieve that more youthful look on a temporary basis. So for those Boomers who are just now seeing their first deep wrinkles, it’s easy to see why dermal fillers are a popular choice.
But it’s not just Baby Boomers who are interested in dermal fillers. Indeed, Millennials have often been linked to a rise in dermal filler injections. That’s because there’s some evidence to suggest that getting injectables (including Botox, which is itself not a dermal filler—that’s why we’re not talking a bit more about it) before wrinkles appear can actually help prevent those wrinkles in the first place.
To a certain extent, this works a little bit better with Botox than it does with dermal fillers. But the basic concept is the same. If you can prevent wrinkles, you have to worry less about when they show up. That’s not to say that dermal fillers will somehow prevent all of your wrinkles from showing up. But the notion that they might be able to provide treatment proactively certainly seems to explain why these procedures are popular with younger patients. Especially since those patients are not yet experiencing the signs of aging.
Finally, one of the biggest feathers in the hat of dermal fillers (if they somehow, collectively, wore a hat) is the fact that they are quite versatile. Dermal fillers can be used for a wide variety of purposes, from the mundane to the surprising. Dermal fillers can be used to:
- Restore volume lost through the process of aging
- Lift areas of the face, such as the cheeks
- Change the shape of the nose (in a procedure called a Non Surgical Nose Job)
- Alter the proportions of the ear (or reverse the appearance of aging in the ear)
- Increase the size of the lips
That is, as they say, the tip of the iceberg. Cosmetic surgeons and always innovating new ways to get more use out of dermal fillers, offering patients a wide variety of techniques and procedures to choose from. That’s because there’s a demand for it. Dermal fillers in 2017—just as they did in 2016 and before—offer patients a way to get fantastic results with little in the way of risk and recovery.
Dermal Fillers in 2017 and Beyond
It’s likely, I think, that dermal fillers will continue their march of popularity. That is, dermal fillers are going to stay popular for quite some time. To be sure, they aren’t going to solve every ill. And there will always be times when surgery is the preferred means of eliminating wrinkles or changing the nose. That said, in 2017, dermal fillers remain one of the most popular options for patients to use. If you want to know more about these injections, contact your local cosmetic surgeon or medical spa to schedule an in-person meeting.