Because they are non-invasive, safe, effective, and zero-downtime, dermal fillers are one of the most-requested cosmetic treatments for younger and older patients alike.
If you are contemplating fillers, continue reading to learn how they work, different filler options, and what patients can expect should they decide to undergo treatment.
What Are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are gel-based products that are injected beneath the skin in order to counteract signs of aging and enhance appearance.
They are nonsurgical, require zero downtime, and produce immediate and long-lasting results.
How Do Dermal Fillers Work?
When injected into soft tissue, dermal fillers restore volume and smooth wrinkles, lines, and folds.
They are also equipped to:
- Plump and define lips
- Add volume to sunken cheeks
- Lift sagging skin
- Smooth vertical lip lines
- Restore natural contours
- Improve facial symmetry
- Rejuvenate the back of hands
What Are Dermal Fillers Made Of?
Many popular dermal fillers, including Restylane, Juvederm and Belotero, are made of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally-occurring substance that can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water. As such, it is an excellent plumping agent and instantly adds volume and hydration to skin.
Collagen-stimulators are another type of dermal filler that is designed to induce an inflammatory response and stimulate collagen production around the injected product.
Radiesse (made of calcium hydroxylapatite microspheres) and Sculptra (made of poly-L-lactic acid) are two well-known collagen-stimulating dermal fillers.
How Are Dermal Fillers Administered?
Dermal fillers are administered with an ultra-thin needle and injected at different depths within the skin. The treatment is performed in an office setting and usually takes 15-30 minutes.
Most women and men find the procedure to be virtually painless and love that they can see results right away.
How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last?
Dermal filler longevity depends on a number of factors, including product used, injector technique, patient metabolic rate, and area injected.
That being said, dermal filler results can last between six months and two years.
Get Started with Dermal Fillers
If you are considering dermal fillers, please call our office today to schedule a comprehensive consultation with one of our highly skilled and talented injectors.