What You Should Know About Dermal Fillers

What are Fillers?

Dermal Fillers and Injectables are a minimally invasive solution to restoring youthfulness to the skin. Adding volume intradermally provides immediate, long-lasting correction for fine lines, wrinkles and loss of elasticity.

Hyaluronic Acid-Based Fillers

Like collagen, hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance and primarily used to promote fullness and volume. The Hyaluronic Acid-based fillers that we offer are:

  1. Restylane– a safe and natural dermal filler that restores fullness to the skin to correct fine facial wrinkles and folds. It is all-natural, therefore no spot tests are needed.
  2. Juvederm XC– injected into areas of facial tissue where moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds occur to temporarily add volume to the skin, especially around the nose and mouth.
  3. Juvederm Voluma XC– the first and only dermal filler to instantly add volume to the cheek area, temporarily reversing the signs of aging.
  4. Perlane– similar to Restylane, but different in that the average size of the particles are larger and the injection is done more deeply, making it a good choice for more severe facial wrinkles that benefit from a deeper injection into the skin.

Semi-Permanent Fillers

Longer-lasting dermal fillers typically contain thicker substances, such as the biodegradable synthetic filler known as poly-L-lactic acid. These types of soft tissue fillers are used to treat deeper facial lines, and though they offer semi-permanent results, it’s possible that you’ll need an occasional “touch up” several weeks after your initial injections. The semi-permanent filler we offer is:

  1. Radiesse– the only filler that replenishes lost volume and stimulates the production of your own collagen. Radiesse is used to correct smile lines, marionette lines, corners of the mouth, pre-jowl, and chin wrinkles.

You may want to consider fillers if

  • You have lines or wrinkles around your mouth, eyes or forehead.
  • You’d like to enhance the volume in areas such as the cheeks, jaw line or lips.
  • If you have scars and depressions in the skin resulting from acne, injury or congenital imperfections.

How to prepare

Before your injections, we’ll ask that you refrain from taking aspirin, ibuprofen, vitamin E, St. John’s Wort, and any other medications that could cause bruising. Be sure to inform us of any medicines you are taking. If you have a history of cold sores, we may recommend taking Valtrex as a precaution.

Immediately after

You will likely see the results immediately following the procedure, though it’s not uncommon for patients to experience swelling or minimal bruising in the area of the injection site. We’ll give you an ice pack right after to help with swelling. The period of swelling will depend largely on the type of soft tissue filler you received, though most swelling, bruising, and redness should dissipate within one week to ten days.