What does a makeup artist do to age a character over the course of a movie? Dark lines are drawn in between the nose and mouth. Dark makeup to mimic shadowing is place under the eyes and down from the corners of the mouth to the chin. Although that actor’s face does not actually change during the course of shooting the film, to the audience the aging effects are dramatic.
Aging is inevitable for all of us, but the appearance of aging is now more of a choice.
Lines in the lower face are usually a result of laxity in the skin. Laxity around the mouth and chin is caused by three primary things: loss of cheek fat, normal aging changes in the skeleton of the face and the loss of elasticity. The deflection of light in these areas causes shadows to form giving the illusion that the folds are deeper than they actually are.
Radiesse is often used to create cheek fullness and diminish lines between the nose and mouth. Approved in the US for over 7 years, it is very safe and effective. Most results with Radiesse will last 15-18 months. Radiesse is made from natural elements found in the skin, so allergic reaction to this product is not a concern.
Juvederm is commonly used to regain fullness in the face, particularly around the eyes and lips where subtle improvement is needed. One of the most common fillers in the world, Juvederm has proven to be very safe when used by a licensed professional. It is made from a natural component of our skin and blends easily with our own natural production of collagen.
Normal aging of the face creates more heaviness in the lower face (along the chin) than the mid face. Products like Radiesse and Juvederm allow us to reposition the fullness in the mid face (cheek area) which creates a more youthful appearance.
Dermal filler procedures like Radiesse and Juvederm can be done during an office visit. Most providers like myself use topical numb cream to minimize any discomfort. Results are immediate and last 12-18 months. Recovery is very quick (usually 24 hours) unless there is a little bruising which can take several days to completely resolve.
Most healthy people are good candidiates for dermal fillers, however pregnant or nursing mothers should not use ANY product that has not been tested and proven safe for pregnancy. A consultation visit is recommended to determine if these products are right for you and to be informed of all possible risks.
How do those actors continue to look so great well into their retirement? In addition to good makeup artists, they also have good cosmetic PAs who are skilled with dermal fillers!