Dermal Fillers: Frequently Asked Questions
Dermal fillers are one of the most popular non-invasive cosmetic procedures for women and men that want to subtly enhance their appearance without incisions, anesthesia, or downtime.
In fact, according to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, over 2 million Botox and filler treatments were performed in 2017, and the use of hyaluronic acid fillers has increased 85% since 2012.
That being said, individuals considering dermal fillers should seek a board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist with extensive experience and knowledge of facial anatomy.
It’s also essential that patients properly research the procedure and know what to expect before undergoing injections.
Keep reading for everything you’ve ever wanted to know about dermal fillers.
What Are the Different Types of Dermal Fillers?
The most-widely used fillers, like Restylane and Juvederm, are comprised of hyaluronic acid – a sugar that’s naturally produced by the body and can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water.
This allows hyaluronic acid to easily attract moisture and provide instant volumizing and hydrating effects.
Comparatively, biostimulatory fillers, including products like Radiesse (made of calcium hydroxyapatite), Sculptra (made of poly-L-lactic acid), and Bellafill (made of PMMA microspheres) trigger the production of new collagen for more gradual, but longer-lasting effects.
Are All Hyaluronic Acid Fillers the Same?
Despite being comprised of the same substance, there is a great deal of diversity in hyaluronic acid fillers. In fact, they can vary based on density, viscosity, elasticity, liftability, and longevity.
Therefore, product selection often relies on patient goals and provider expertise.
Can Lip Fillers Look Natural?
Hyaluronic acid is the only filler product that should be administered to lips. That being said, there are a number of options within this category for full, soft, and natural-looking lips.
However, patients aren’t limited to increasing volume with lip fillers. They can also improve their pout and boost hydration, so that lips look like they’ve been recently glossed.
Additionally, the vertical lines around the mouth can be diminished and the cupid’s bow enhanced.
Are Fillers Just for Lips and Cheeks?
While a great deal of attention is given to fillers for lip and cheeks, they can do so much more. They offer a safe, effective, and non-invasive way to lift and volumize hands, banish under eye circles and hollowness, sharpen the jawline, and eliminate acne scars.
More specifically, structural fillers like Juvederm Ultra and Restylane Lyft work well for the hands and jawline, while a fluid hyaluronic acid product is ideal for the delicate eye area.
Additionally, Bellafill, made of PMMA microspheres, is the only dermal filler approved for the treatment of acne scars.
Who’s a Good Candidate for Fillers?
A thorough consultation with a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon is the best way to determine if you’re a good candidate for fillers and which products will best meet your needs.
Nevertheless, there are certain individuals, for which, dermal fillers are not recommended. Contraindications for treatment include: Pregnancy, active infections, allergies to the filler product or other ingredients like lidocaine, or and compromised immunity.
Do Dermal Fillers Hurt?
Fillers are especially attractive to women and men because they provide immediate results and have little to no downtime.
While most patients find the treatment very tolerable, you may feel a sting or a pinch during the injection process.
However, topical numbing creams, ice packs, and vibrational devices can all be used to improve comfort and distract from the momentary pricking sensation.
Is There Any Downtime After?
After undergoing dermal fillers, patients can go about their day as they normally would.
Post-procedure, they may experience mild and temporary bruising and swelling, and should keep this in mind when scheduling their treatment.
Additionally, avoiding blood thinning medication and supplements for 1-2 weeks before will help decrease the likelihood of these side effects.
How Long Do Filler Results Last?
Hyaluronic acid fillers are naturally metabolized by the body and results last several months to two years.
It’s also believed that product breakdown occurs more rapidly in areas with frequent movement like the cheeks, lips, and smile lines, compared to more static portions like under the eyes.
What’s more, hyaluronic acid fillers have the ability to be dissolved should patients wish to return to their pre-treatment look at any point in time.
If you are considering dermal fillers, please call our office today to schedule a comprehensive consultation with one of our highly-skilled and talented injectors.