Dermal Fillers

DERMAL FiLLERS

Many visible signs of aging can be traced back to volume loss?

Many visible signs of aging can be traced back to volume loss?

As facial tissues thin out, lines become etched around the nose and mouth and cheeks look a little hollow. Dermal fillers can replace lost volume to help smooth wrinkles, plump the lips, and restore a more youthful appearance.

Dermal fillers are gel-like substances that are injected beneath the skin to restore lost volume, smooth lines and soften creases, or enhance facial contours. More than 1 million men and women annually have choose this popular facial rejuvenation treatment, which can be a cost-effective way to look younger without surgery or downtime.

While dermal fillers are casually known as “wrinkle fillers,” they can do much more than just smooth out wrinkles, although they are excellent at this too! Here are a few of the common issues dermal fillers can help address:

  • Smooth out lines around nose and mouth (a.k.a. marionette lines, smile lines, and parentheses) 
  • Enhance & restore volume to sunken cheeks or temples 
  • Diminish vertical lip lines 
  • Plump & enhance the lips 
  • Smooth out a chin crease 
  • Improve symmetry among facial features

Which filler do I need? With so many dermal filler products on the market, it can be difficult to know which option is best for you without an experienced cosmetic surgeon’s guidance. Each product is uniquely formulated to have a certain texture, density, and injection depth, which means that certain fillers work better for certain areas of concern. You and your provider can discuss which filler is right for you.

What can I expect during treatment? Dermal filler injections are non-surgical and typically completed during an office visit. Just before the actual treatment, the area will be cleaned. Numbing is usually not applied since many filler products also contain lidocaine, a mild aesthetic, which is intended to help minimize discomfort during and after your treatment. Your provider will then inject a precise amount of filler strategically beneath the skin.

Depending on the product and the areas treated, you should be able to notice results immediately after receiving filler injections. Some patients experience mild bruising and swelling, but these are temporary and should subside over the days following treatment. You will be able to go back to your normal activities right after treatment, but your cosmetic surgeon may ask you to take the day off from exercise or other strenuous activity.