What are dermal filler injections?
If you want to rejuvenate your skin without undergoing invasive surgical procedures, dermal fillers may be an excellent option. Dermal fillers are increasing in popularity because they are safer and less expensive than surgery. You can regain the youthful vitality of your skin after just one treatment, and the effects can last for months.
A dermal filler is an injectable solution that fills soft tissue under the skin. Patients may choose a synthetic or natural filler, which is either absorbable or non-absorbable, based on the patient's preference. Each variation improves the appearance of aging, wrinkling and sagging skin. Dermal fillers are ideal for filling in creases and lines, plumping up the lips and cheeks, and enhancing facial contours.
What are the benefits of dermal filler injections?
Quicker than creams – Anti-aging creams are a long-term investment in your skin. Applied daily in small amounts, the results can take several months to appear and may not be noticeable at all. Dermal fillers are injected into areas of the skin that need a little extra plumping and the results can be seen almost instantly.
Quicker than surgery – Most dermal filler procedures take less than an hour, so you can have your face volumized during your lunch then return to work straight after!
Long lasting but not permanent – Because dermal fillers are made from hyaluronic acid which occurs naturally within the body, over time the acid dissipates and is re-absorbed, diminishing the effect of the added volume. This is good for people that want to have a youthful look without committing to permanent surgery!
Natural looking effect – Dermal filler injections give a natural-looking result that doesn’t alter the facial expressions of the recipient such as Botox procedures. As your face changes over time, you can control the way you look with regular dermal filler injections to volumize targered areas of the face.
Who is the ideal candidate for dermal filler injections?
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, ideal candidates for dermal fillers should have the following:
Good physical health
A positive outlook and realistic goals for the improvement of their appearance
A commitment to maintaining good skin health
While dermal fillers are often referred to as a Liquid Facelift, it’s important to keep in mind that they can only help to improve your appearance temporarily. Although results from dermal fillers are not permanent, the newest fillers on the market have been formulated to last as long as 2 years. Some candidates use dermal fillers to delay the time when a surgical facelift is more appropriate. It’s an excellent way to see some impressive changes and improvements in your appearance until you’re ready for a permanent surgical option.
What should I expect after my treatment?
Patients typically report excellent results after treatment and complications are extremely rare. Patients are instructed to avoid touching the injection site to avoid irritation and other issues. Mild swelling, bruising, and a flush appearance of the skin may develop after a few hours.
The side effects present at the end of the first day will continue over the next four to five days. Most patients notice that the side effects become less noticeable as each day goes by. Use of a cold compress can help keep these minor side effects under control.
If side effects get worse from day to day, be sure to contact the practice so these issues can be addressed as soon as possible.
By the end of a week, the side effects of the dermal filler injection should have subsided, and the cosmetic results become apparent. This means fewer wrinkles and much more vibrant and youthful skin.
How long does the treatment last?
How long the effects of dermal fillers will last depends on the product, the area of treatment, and the patient. Generally speaking, the denser the product is and the more deeply it is injected, the longer it will last, although this is not a hard and fast rule. To maintain your results, your cosmetic surgeon will simply repeat treatment, adjusting the amount and techniques as necessary to ensure optimal results.
Hyaluronic acid fillers tend to be the most temporary option, and therefore are often recommended for first-time filler patients. These will typically last from 6 to 18 months. Injections to the lips will wear out a little faster than those to the nasolabial folds. Certain HA fillers, such as VOLUMA, are formulated to last longer but are usually limited to certain areas, such as the cheeks.