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The Filler Effect

Dermal Filler Effect

You’re going to inject dermal filler there?  That’s the response that many patients have when they present to a cosmetic dermatologist or plastic surgeon with sagging in one area, and the provider recommends filling another part of the face.

This technique is known as anatomic filling, and its use is on the rise among skilled injectors as a way to provide more natural facial rejuvenation.

So, before walking into a dermal filler appointment with preconceived notions about product placement, it’s important that patients understand how and why anatomic filling works.  Here’s what you need to know about the filler effect.

What’s Anatomic Filling?

When asked about their aesthetic concerns, many men and women point to a localized wrinkle or sagging skin in a specific portion of the face. And unsurprisingly, they anticipate that’s exactly where filler will be injected to restore volume and lift their skin.

However, top plastic surgeons and dermatologists note that this is a common misconception, and that anatomic filling will actually provide more favorable outcomes.

This method involves injecting filler in one area of the face to correct deficits in another and is often employed to restore the youthful “V” shape of the face.

What Are Some Applications of Anatomic Filling?

Many leading injectors will administer dermal filler to the cheeks in order to lift and plump deficits in the lower face like nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and jowls. In addition, the forehead can be treated off-label with a hyaluronic acid filler such as Juvederm or Restylane to lift sagging eyelids.

Nevertheless, direct application of filler is warranted in some cases, especially when it comes to the nasolabial folds.

Who’s a Good Candidate for Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are a safe, effective, and non-surgical way to lift and rejuvenate the face without incisions, anesthesia, and downtime. They can provide subtle enhancement and correct sunken cheeks, under eye hollowness, moderate to severe facial wrinkles, aging hands, thinning lips, and deflated temples.

However, they may not be able to deliver adequate volume in cases of significant laxity and loss of elasticity. In addition, patients with excessive amounts of loose skin and neck banding may be best served by a surgical procedure.

How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last?

Fillers can help patients look younger and more refreshed for an average of 6-12 months. However, some products are now boasting benefits for up to 18 months.

Once the product has been metabolized by the body, patients will require additional injections to maintain treatment effects.

To learn more about the filler effect and what to expect from your next injectable appointment, please call our office today to schedule a consultation.