Dermal Fillers

A dermal filler is a non-surgical and minimally invasive treatment that aims to enhance skin creases, wrinkles and folds caused by aging. Soft tissue fillers, dermal fillers and injectable fillers are names that can be used interchangeably in the cosmetic industry. This medical product works by adding volume and definition, altering contours and achieving a youthful appearance.

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Dermal fillers can be used to:
  • Boost thin lips
  • Improve shallow contours
  • Soften facial creases and wrinkles
  • Enhance the appearance of deep scars

Who needs dermal fillers?

Suitable individuals for soft tissue and dermal fillers are those who suffer from lines, wrinkles, creases or they simply lack volume. With this treatment, the improvements that can be made are quite visible and effective. Dermal fillers should not be performed on any woman who may be pregnant at the time of the procedure, patients who have experienced previous reactions to soft tissue filler agents or any evidence of inflammatory, ineffective, or cancerous lesions in the area of injection.

What areas can be treated by dermal fillers?

Cheeks, Jawline and Chin Area: as a result of aging, pockets of fat disintegrate and the skin droops past the jawline, losing its elasticity. Dermal fillers help to distribute these fat pockets more evenly to create a smooth facial contour. They can also be used to correct lines (creases that begin at the corners of the mouth, and extend down to the chin area). Forehead Wrinkles: the permanent horizontal creases on the forehead and permanent vertical frown lines can be injected and filled so that the forehead obtains its smoother and natural appearance. Nasolabial Folds: creases that form at the corners of the mouth upward toward the edges of the nose are referred to as nasolabial folds. These creases tend to be deep and can be quite noticeable. Lips: the lips are also popular when it comes to injectable fillers because they boost the volume of the lips. Non-surgical lip augmentation can reclaim volume lost due to aging, fill out vertical lines that run upwards toward the nose (aka smoker's wrinkles) and achieve a more aesthetically pleasing lip contour. Nose: though dermal fillers do not decrease the size of the nose, they camouflage unevenness and blemishes on the nose allowing for a more projection on the bridge of the nose. Scars including Acne Scarring: acne scarring sufferers can use the injectable fillers to fill in depressions, smoothing out the texture of the skin. Dermal fillers can also be used for surgical scars that are sunken and need volume to enhance the skin. Under Eyes:If you suffer from bags under your eyes due to lack of sleep and tiredness, dermal fillers are a great treatment as they camouflage dark under circles which can be created by fat loss in the under-eye area.

When do I see the results?

You can expect to see results right away! The volume in the treated area is quite noticeable post treatment. Do expect to see some swelling which is may last up to 2 weeks before you see flawless results. Generally, within 3 days, you will have a more realistic image when the majority of the swelling diminishes.

Swelling? How much will I have?

The two main causes of swelling are 1) the trauma from the needle and 2) the high affinity that hyaluronic acid fillers have for water. Although swelling is a common side effect, it does depend on the patient as well as the areas of the face being injected. For instance, the lips tend to swell the most – icing the area and keeping your head elevated will help reduce the swelling.

What is the recovery time?

Recovering is quick and you may continue your regular activities right after the procedure is complete.

When is the best time to inject a filler?

It is not recommended to have the treatment done when you have a special event close to the procedure date. Since there may be swelling and possible bruising associated with the procedure, it is best to wait after the event, or have the injection several days before.

Will I look like I "had work done"?

The main purpose of dermal fillers is to subtly enhance your beauty as well as reduce the signs of aging. The best results are those that harmonize your facial features and balance out volume (some patients may want more volume than others). It is key that you describe to the surgeon, in detail, the look and cosmetic result that you are looking for.

What are the benefits of hyaluronic acid fillers, compared to permanent fillers?

Since hyaluronic acid fillers consist of a natural substance that is found in the human body, there is a very low chance of having an adverse or allergic reaction to the product. Permanent fillers are often completely man-made products that are unsmooth and rather lumpy, which in turn causes lumpy and bumpy results over a long period of time.

What are some side effects to injectable fillers?

Potential side effects include: mild bruising, redness, swelling, tenderness and itching. There may also be some mild discomfort surrounding the treated area (keep in mind that it varies from patient to patient).