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 – 9 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.