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. A cost-effective way to look younger without surgery or down time.
There are a variety of FDA approved filler products, but the most commonly used is Hyaluronic Acid, a naturally occurring substance in our body. It helps keep skin plump and hydrated. FDA approved HA Fillers are Restylane products, Revanesse products and Juvederm products.
Commonly Treated Areas
- Smooth out lines around nose and mouth (a.k.a. marionette lines, smile lines)
- Enhance and restore volume to sunken cheeks or temples
- Tear through (under eye hallowing)
- Diminish vertical lip lines
- Plump and enhance lips
- Smooth out a chin crease
- Improve symmetry among facial features
Area of concern will be evaluated and medical history reviewed. You need to fully disclose your medical history, certain allergies, skin and neurological conditions or medications that may jeopardize your safety and results like NSAIDS (Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Naproxene) or blood thinners as these increase likelihood of bruising.
You may be given a topical anesthetic to numb the area prior to injection. Many filler products contain lidocaine, a mild anesthetic intended to help minimize discomfort. Treatment time is about 60 - 90 minutes.
Some patients experience mild bruising and swelling. This should subside over the days following treatment. You will be able to go back to your normal activities, but may take the day off from exercise or other strenuous activities.
Soft tissue augmentation using dermal fillers are apparent immediately and will last 3 - 12 months. Maintaining good overall health, along with maintaining healthy and strong skin with appropriate products and skin treatments will improve the results and longevity.
Fillers are generally considered safe. Major contraindications are active infections near the site of injection, a known allergy to lidocaine mixed in the syringe of the filler.
According to FDA, there is NO research showing that fillers are safe to pregnant or breastfeeding mothers.
To be discussed during consultation appointment.