What are Dermal Facial Fillers?

Dermal facial fillers are so incredibly popular because they provide a radiant, contoured, refined appearance, free of wrinkles, creases or hollow areas. Many people consider facial fillers the non-surgical answer to a facelift. Safe, highly effective and non-invasive, dermal fillers provide the solution for an aging face when you’re not ready for surgery yet.

 

By carefully injecting filler into precisely targeted areas of the face, neck or hands, our practitioners can beautifully enhance your appearance, which results lasting anywhere from six months to years. 

 And for many younger patients, fillers provide higher, more sculpted cheekbones, plumped lips, nose reshaping and more refined facial contours. 

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What are the different types of dermal fillers?

Many filler gels are made with hyaluronic acid (HA), a substance that occurs naturally within the body to hydrate, soften and rejuvenate the complexion. Others are made with different substances, but all are designed to smooth, fill and beautify the appearance.

HA-based fillers

Juvederm 

This line of fillers is often used as part of a non-surgical facelift, rhinoplasty, or blepharoplasty. Juvederm can plump the lips, contour the features and smooth away lines, wrinkles, and creases.

Restylane

The Restylane line is ideal for filling lines around the nose and mouth and reversing volume loss that makes the face appear hollow and gaunt. Excellent for lip plumping and facial sculpting, its gel-like formulation restores youthful plumpness to the skin.

Belotero Balance

Belotero Balance is a newer hyaluronic acid-based filler used to more temporarily smooth out and fill in moderate-to-severe folds or wrinkles from the side of the nose to the corner of the mouth.

The RHA Collection

This collection of cutting-edge fillers are formulated to be more exactly like the natural HA in the body, allowing them to treat dynamic wrinkles without causing the face to appear stiff or unnatural.

Revanesse Versa

Because of its unique particle shape and size, Revanesse Versa is able to deliver a perfect harmony of smoothness and volume, which means very soft, smooth, natural-feeling results. It’s an excellent option for addressing facial wrinkles, plumping lips, improving age-related volume loss in the lips and cheeks, and smoothing out nasolabial folds.

Dermal fillers not based on HA

Radiesse

Made with tiny spheres of calcium hydroxylapatite, a naturally-occuring substance in the body, Radiesse helps to stimulate the production of collagen, the protein that gives youthful skin its luminosity and volume. Radiesse can plump deflated facial contours, reduce wrinkles and folds, and create an underlying scaffolding for the skin.

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Sculptra

Although Sculptra is often referred to as a dermal filler, it is actually a volumizer. Made from synthetic poly-L-lactic acid, which is naturally produced by the body, Sculptra diminishes facial creases and gauntness by stimulating an increase in the skin’s collagen. Through a series of three treatment sessions, Sculptra works to trigger more and more collagen to restore volume to the face, with results that can last up to two years.

What areas can be treated with dermal fillers?

  • Hands
  • Neck
  • Decolletage
  • Facial areas, including:
  • Wrinkles and lines
  • Brow area
  • Cheekbone enhancement
  • Nose reshaping (non-surgical rhinoplasty)
  • Thinning, depleted lips
  • Nasolabial folds
  • Frown lines
  • Sunken cheeks
  • A loss of definition in the jawline
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What to expect during treatment and recovery 

Your treatment time is very short, usually about 20 minutes. Many call their filler treatments a “lunchtime lift” because of how quickly they can be in and out of the office. After your session, you’ll be able to go back to work or your usual activities right away. 

 One of the major benefits of dermal fillers is that they come with no downtime. Patients can expect minor swelling, bruising, and tenderness at the injection sites, but these side effects are very short-lived and usually disappear within a few days. Avoid strenuous exercise and protect your skin from the sun for a couple of days.

FAQs

Are dermal fillers safe?

Dermal fillers are FDA-approved treatments that are considered safe. However, side effects can occur such as skin rash, itching, redness, bruising, bleeding, or swelling.

Fillers vs relaxers

Fillers are designed to sculpt facial features and fill hollow areas of the skin. Relaxers are designed to cause the muscles to temporarily relax, which allows the wrinkles showing on the skin above them to smooth away.

When should you start getting dermal or facial fillers?

The age to begin getting dermal fillers depends on each individual’s needs and preferences. Many younger patients in their 20s begin getting dermal fillers to plump their lips and sculpt their cheekbones or refine their facial features. Other patients who are older and are seeing the signs of age on their face get their facial fillers in their 30s and into their 60s.

How long do the results last?

How long dermal fillers last depends on which fillers you choose and where the treatment area is. Fillers can last anywhere from six months to two years.

Ideal Candidates for Dermal Fillers

Patients who want to reshape, refine or rejuvenate their facial features and enhance their natural beauty without surgery may be excellent candidates for dermal fillers. Patients must meet the following requirements:

  • Are 21 or older
  • Are not pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Have no active rashes or skin concerns
  • Are not allergic to the ingredients of the filler
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