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What Are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are gel injections used to soften folds, wrinkles, and creases on your face, mouth, and lips. These injections can enhance your appearance and take years off Unlike botulinum toxin (Botox), dermal fillers are not neuromodulators, which means they will not affect nerves or muscles underneath your skin. Dermal fillers simply fill the space under the skin that is created by age-related loss of dermal volume.
The most popular dermal fillers are made of a hyaluronic acid (HA), such as Juvederm and Restylane. Hyaluronic acid is entirely natural, so your body will slowly break down the product over a period of time – 6 months to 2 years – depending on the product. The consistencies and particle sizes of each differ among products and brands, making each one more or less suitable for certain uses. Consulting a board-certified physician is important to achieving best results.
Hyaluronic acid fillers are a great option for those looking to replace lost volume by plumping your wrinkles, folds, and sagging skin. The process is minimally invasive, and results are instant, lasting anywhere from 6 – 24 months. Risks are low, but can include very rare instances of allergic reaction, and possible injection site problems that are more likely with an inexperienced injector.
At LaserMedica, fillers that contain a local anesthetic to make the injection more comfortable are used, Pain can also be managed through pre-treatment administration of topical anesthetic or local nerve block injections. Our board-certified physician can ensure the proper depth of injections that avoid issues.
Injections that are too deep may cause unwanted injury to nerve and blood vessel structures, and too superficial might cause the Tyndall effect, which occurs when material is injected too superficially, allowing the clear gel to appear bluish through light refraction. This is especially a risk in the lower eyelid and tear trough area.
“Juvederm is one of my favorite products to enhance a patient’s facial features. Lips or cheeks can be contoured very comfortably, the bridge of the nose can be straightened, deep laugh lines can be erased. It’s really amazing what you can achieve with little to no pain and no down time.”
– Dr. Zoe Filyk
Procedure Time: At least 30 minutes – Injecting the filler takes only a few minutes, however Dr. Filyk takes time to measure the facial contours and discuss each patient’s aesthetic goals prior to injections.
Number of Sessions: Only one session is typically needed but if further enhancement is desired, another appointment can be booked at any time.
Before the Procedure: Avoid vitamin and mineral supplements, Advil and Ibuprofen a week before treatment to decrease the chances of bruising.
During the Procedure: The product is slowly and gently injected into the tissue. The procedure is generally very comfortable as the products contain lidocaine for patient comfort.
After the Procedure: Most side effects of dermal fillers treatment are mild or moderate in nature, and their duration is short lasting (7 days or less). The most common side effects include, but are not limited to, temporary injections site reactions such as: redness, pain/tenderness, firmness, swelling, lumps/bumps, bruising, itching, and discoloration. As with all skin injection procedures there is a low risk of infection. Immediately after the injection, there may be a slight redness, swelling, tenderness, or itching sensation at the treated area. This is the only normal cause of the injection and the inconvenience is temporary, it generally goes away in a day or two.
It may be possible to feel lumps after injections (sometimes this is intended by the physician to create structural lift) however there should be no visible lumps. Uncomfortable lumps should shrink within a few weeks, but the doctor can massage the lumps out if they are particularly bothersome or visibly apparent. This should not be done at home as too much massage can cause damage to nerves and blood vessels, causing bruises. Avoid massaging the area, and avoid intense heat. Otherwise, resume normal activities. If bruising does occur it can take a week or more to completely resolve, so avoid booking your treatment too close to important social engagements that you have scheduled in the near future.