As we age, our faces lose youthful volume, allowing fine lines, wrinkles and hollow areas to become more apparent. Though this is a natural part of the aging process – it doesn’t have to happen before you’re ready. Injectable fillers, also known as facial fillers, can be used to rejuvenate an aging face during a single office visit. We routinely use dermal and facial fillers to help our patients take years off their appearance. What’s more, we’re often able to obtain similar lifted and youthful results of a facelift – without the cost, anesthesia, and recovery period associated with a more invasive procedure.
How are dermal fillers used?
Dermal fillers can be used to fill in soft tissue contours—generally of the face.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Are Facial Fillers?
Facial fillers such as Sculptra® and JUVÉDERM® are naturally occurring gels that are injected into the skin as a "filler" in order to add volume to aging skin, lips and to lift up wrinkles and folds. Most fillers consist of hyaluronic acid, which is a natural component of the skin. Once injected into the skin, fillers work by restoring a natural and healthy fullness and volume.
How Long Will A Dermal Filler Session Take?
Treatment with fillers is a very quick and easy process. As no allergy testing is needed, the treatment can be carried out at the same time as the consultation. A treatment generally takes under 30 minutes. The time differs somewhat, depending on the correction you wish to have performed.
How Soon Will I See The Results From Dermal Fillers?
The results can be seen immediately although they continue to improve for a few hours after treatment.
How Is A Treatment Performed?
During treatment, the crystal-clear gel is injected into the skin in tiny amounts with a very fine needle. The gel produces volume under the wrinkle, which is lifted up and smoothed out. When enhancing lips or facial contours, Fillers add volume and shape to the treated area.
Does Dermal Filler Treatments Hurt?
Majority of people find the injections relatively painless, with the aid of ice packs and numbing cream used before the treatment.
What Will I Look Like After Dermal Filler Treatment?
Immediately after the treatment, you can expect slight redness, swelling, tenderness or an itching sensation in the treated area. This is a normal result of the injection. The discomfort is temporary and generally disappears in a few days. After a lip treatment, the lips may become swollen and for a few days.
Are There Any Side Effects?
The rate of reactions to fillers is very low. However, after the treatment some common injection-related reactions may occur, such as swelling, redness, pain, itching, discoloration and tenderness at the injection site. These typically resolve spontaneously within a few days after injection into the skin.