Dermal Fillers

How does dermal fillers work?

Injectable wrinkle fillers can give you a more youthful look for a fraction of what a traditional facelift costs. Most will fill lines and wrinkles in less than 30 minutes with results that can last from 6 months to more than a year. A large number of injectable dermal fillers are currently available for treating facial contour irregularities. These products are associated with excellent clinical results and high satisfaction rates.

Dermal fillers help to diminish facial lines and restore volume and fullness in the face.

Wrinkle fillers can also be used as “volumizers,” plumping and lifting cheeks, jawlines, and temples; filling out thin lips, and plumping sagging hands.

Dermal fillers can be used to plump thin lips, enhance shallow contours, soften facial creases and wrinkles, improve the appearance of recessed scars.

This depends somewhat on the dermal filler, but the broad answer is lines and wrinkles. They can also be used to plump and define lips and fill hollow areas on the face.

Dermal fillers can be used to fix a variety of concerns related to facial aging, including 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.

For some patients, surgery such as a facelift, brow lift, or eye lift may be the best approach. Non-surgical rejuvenation treatments, such as soft tissue fillers, cannot achieve the same results, but may help delay the time when consideration of a facelift becomes appropriate.

Not every wrinkle-filler is right for every type of wrinkle. The least risks and best results come from using the right one correctly. That’s why you should only have fillers injected by a board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist with ongoing, special training.

How long does a dermal fillers last?

After getting dermal filler injections, you will be able to immediately see some results, however, it will take about 48 hours to see the full effect. In general, fillers last from 6 months to a year. Dermal fillers fade very slowly and gradually. How long fillers last depends on the amount injected, the location of placement and the number of repeated injections. Placement in areas of motion (nasolabial folds and lips) cause the filler to dissipate more rapidly; whereas, injection in the tear trough region tends to be apparent longer.

If in one set of treatment you only targeted one area of the face, say the cheeks, then the treatment can be repeated sooner on another part of the face, like the brow, the chin or the nose. It is worth considering each time whether you think you need more treatment and that you are not just falling into a routine and a cycle of having the procedure every nine months as this could lead to even more unwanted wear and tear on the skin.

How is dermal fillers done?

It’s immediate, but it can take a few days to “settle into” it’s final shape. It often looks even better after a day or two. Many patients are surprised at how much better they look right after their treatment.

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