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Dermal Filler

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Dermal Filler

What is Dermal Filler?

Dermal fillers are a specific category of injectable substances that the FDA has approved to restore lost facial volume and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Dermal fillers do just what they sound like: they fill in an area where deficiencies exist to add volume where it’s been lost. There are a handful of different dermal fillers in the aesthetic world, and the most commonly used brands include:

 

Dermal Filler

How Does It Work?

Dermal fillers add volume to the skin by injecting a synthetic filler (often a gel-like HA substance, but other formulas are available) under the skin. Once the dermal filler agent is placed under the skin, it gives an immediate volumizing effect which smooths out flat and volume-deficient features and fills in hollows, lines, and wrinkles. In addition, placing HA under the skin attracts water to the area to give a plumping effect. HA can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water, giving the skin a nice, natural effect.

All dermal fillers are injected under the skin with a needle or a cannula (it’s up to the injector to choose which method). All fillers contain lidocaine so that the area instantly becomes numb as soon as the first needle prick is made. Still, many patients double up on topical numbing cream before their injections to make the treatment as comfortable as possible. The entire injection process is quick and can be completed in 30 minutes or less with instant results. You’ll be able to see restored volume and smoothed-out lines and wrinkles by the time you leave your appointment.

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Dermal Filler

Who are Dermal Fillers For?

Dermal fillers work for different age-related conditions and therefore are a suitable solution for men and women of all ages. Whether you’re dealing with minor wrinkles and volume loss or severe changes, there are several dermal fillers to choose from to achieve your goals.

Faq

Frequently Asked Questions

It all depends on what type of filler was injected. HA fillers are reversible, but all others are not. HA fillers can easily be dissolved by injecting hyaluronidase into the area where the filler exists. Hyaluronidase is an enzyme that breaks down the filler to bring the area back to baseline. As far as other fillers, there’s no easy or safe way to undo their effects, so, unfortunately, you’ll have to wait it out and let them naturally break down.

While you won’t need to take time off work to recover, nor is there technically any downtime, it is common to notice some minor redness, swelling, bruising, and soreness immediately after the procedure. However, this should allow you to return to work after injections. We recommend scheduling injections around your work schedule if you are concerned about social downtime.

The most common side effects of dermal fillers include bruising, edema, and erythema. Applying ice directly to the injection site after injections may help to reduce swelling and bruising.

No matter what type of dermal filler you opt for, you will see results immediately after treatment.

The length of the results depends on the product used, the area injected, the degree of aging, and your skin. Most filler injections last 6–12 months, although some last longer. It’s essential to maintain your results with regular treatments. Otherwise, the results will return to baseline.

The process is generally painless, although topical anesthetics may be used to reduce pain during treatment. Additionally, all Juvéderm and Restylane fillers include lidocaine, which has been shown to reduce pain.

To minimize swelling and bruising, avoid alcohol and caffeine for 48 hours before and after your treatment. Also, avoid taking aspirin, flax oil, cod liver oil, vitamins E or A, or other fatty acids one week before treatment. Avoid wearing makeup directly after treatment. Wait at least 12 hours. Do not exercise for 24 hours or go in the sauna and avoid sun/heat for 48 hours.

Your injector may recommend Arnica tablets and icing the area to help minimize bruising and swelling.