Dermal fillers help to diminish facial lines and restore volume and fullness in the face. As we age, our faces naturally lose subcutaneous fat. The facial muscles are then working closer to the skin surface, so smile lines and crow’s feet become more apparent. The facial skin also stretches a bit, adding to this loss of facial volume.
There are several different types of dermal fillers. The most common types are:
- Calcium hydroxyapatite (Brand names: Radiesse)
- Hyaluronic acid (Brand names: Captique, Esthélis, Elevess, Hylaform, Juvederm, Perlane, Prevelle, Puragen, Restylane)
- Polyalkylimide (Brand names: Aquamid)
- Polylactic acid (Brand names: Sculptra)
- Polymethyl-methacrylate microspheres (Brand names: Bellafill)
Why You May Want to Consider Dermal Fillers?
- If you want plump lips
- If you want to enhance shallow contours
- If you want to soften facial creases and wrinkles
- If you want to improve the appearance of recessed scars
- If you want to decrease or remove the shadow of the lower lids
- Short treatment time
- Fast recovery time
- Noticeable results right away
- Less likely to cause allergic reactions due to the absence of added fillers
- Blocks the signal from the nerve to muscles, so may feel numbness or temporary loss of feeling in the treated area
- Some possible side effects include redness, bruising, and swelling, but this is common and can be concealed with makeup products.
What Makes You a Good Candidate for Dermal Fillers?
- You are physically healthy
- You are a non-smoker
- You have a positive outlook and realistic goals in mind for the improvement of your appearance
- You are committed to maintaining good skin health
- You want to deconstruct contour deformities in the face
- You want to reverse the early signs of aging, sun exposure, and heredity.
How Should You Prepare for Treatment?
Schedule your treatment appointment out at least two weeks from any event or special occasion and discontinue use of any retinol products for two days before and two days after your treatment.
How is Treatment Performed?
- Strategic points on your face may be marked as the appropriate injection sites for the filler.
- The injection sites will be cleansed with an antibacterial agent.
- Injection usually takes only a few moments per site.
- Depending on the number of areas to be treated, the whole process may be as short as 15 minutes, or as long as an hour.
- Any markings will be cleansed off.
What Will Recovery Involve?
Recovery time varies for each patient and for each type of filler injected. You can resume most activities right away, but it is generally recommended that you avoid intense physical activity for the first 24-48 hours to minimize swelling and bruising.
An ice pack is good to use to reduce swelling and alleviate discomfort. Although the area may feel a bit tender for a day or two, it is usually not painful enough to require any medication.
Your initial appearance after treatment with any dermal filler may include:
- An “overfilled” appearance to treated areas
- Swelling or bruising ranging from mild to severe
- Temporary numbness or redness
- Palpable lumps or hard areas at the injection sites
- Hypersensitivity reaction that can seem like an allergic reaction with hives and swelling
How Long Will the Results Last?
Dermal fillers can last up to 2 years or more before you have to repeat the process.