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What Is Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are a naturally-derived or synthetic material that is directly injected into skin with the purpose of plumping that area to the point where the wrinkle, depression, or fold is gone. Depending on the type of filler, positive effects can last anywhere from six months to two years; for semi-permanent or permanent fillers, the effects can last up to five years, and there are reports of even longer-lasting results.

An important point to note is that Dermal fillers are different than Botox since Botox is usually injected into areas of the forehead and for wrinkles around the eyes to relax muscle movement that results in wrinkles. At the same time, dermal fillers have a plumping smoothing effect.

Since both these treatments have different effects, many people tend to get a combination of both so as to get a stunningly younger looking face.

Before Treatment

During your consultation, your cosmetic surgeon will evaluate your area of concern and review your medical history. While the risks associated with dermal fillers are minimal, you need to fully disclose your medical history prior to treatment, as certain allergies, skin and neurological conditions, or medications can jeopardize your safety or results.

What To Expect?

To begin the treatment, the area will be cleaned, and you may be given a topical anesthetic to numb the area prior to injection. Your provider will inject a precise amount of filler strategically beneath the skin. Depending on the product and the areas treated, one would be able to notice results immediately after receiving filler injections. Some patients may experience mild bruising and swelling, but these are temporary and should subside over the days following treatment.

Dermal fillers are perfect solutions to fix concerns related to the following:

  • Adding volume and smoothing out the deep creases that run from the nose to the mouth (called nasolabial folds or laugh lines).
  • Plumping thin lips and smoothing out vertical lines around the edges of the lips.
  • Augmenting cheeks to enhance their shape, often restoring youthful fullness.
  • Filling out depressions (hollows) under the eye area.
  • Making indented scars from acne or chicken pox more even with surrounding skin.
  • Increasing volume to fill out gauntness in the lower cheek or temple area, which most often occurs due to fat pads shifting beneath the surface of skin.

There are basically two types of dermal fillers: – Synthetic and Natural Dermal Fillers

One of the most common natural fillers is hyaluronic acid which is known to have a much smaller risk of causing an allergic reaction. Results are immediate but will only last for 12- 18 months (occasionally up to two years) because the filler eventually breaks down causing the benefits to vanish. It is recommended that once the fillers start to dissipate one needs to get more filler injected to maintain results. Most people who get fillers will need at least one follow-up injection within a year.

Synthetic fillers last much longer than naturally-derived ones and are considered semi-permanent even though they don’t really dissipate. Wrinkles start to return only because your face continues to age or you continue to get sun damage due to being lax about protecting skin.

Your cosmetic surgeon will be best person to advice you on the kind of filler you need.

Post Treatment

You should be able to resume normal activities immediately in most cases.
It’s important to understand possible improvements and have realistic expectations.

  • Immediately after the treatment, there may be redness, bruising, swelling, tenderness, and/or itching near the injection site. Avoid itching , massaging, or picking around the injection site. This is normal and generally disappears within a few hours to a few days. If these symptoms last more than 3 days, please contact our clinic.
  • We will provide you with ice, arnica cream and tablets, and bromelain tablets – all of which can reduce or resolve potential bruising
  • You may take acetaminophen (Tylenol) to reduce any pain as necessary

Frequently Asked Questions

How Many Sessions Will I Need, And How Far Apart Can I Have Them?
Am I A Suitable Candidate?
Who Will Perform The Treatment?
What Areas Can Be Treated?
What If Any, Are The Side Effects?
I Dont Want A ``Trout-Pout`` As A Result, Will That Happen To Me?
Can I Get Permanent Fillers?
Will My Face Be Lumpy After Treatment?
Will My Family And Friends Notice I've Had Work Done?
What Type Of Injectable Fillers Are Used?