Dermal Fillers are quick, simple, safe, and effective treatments. They are injected under the skin at the site of sunken areas, creases, or scars to fill lines and restore lost volume, thus enhancing your facial contours for natural-looking long lasting results. These treatments will enhance your appearance immediately without any downtime.
The crease between the eyebrows, or the furrow formed at the corner of your mouth might be deep. You might have a small crease between the corner of your mouth and chin, (the jowls) which may give an angry or unhappy look. Crow’s feet (squint lines) or vertical lines between the eyebrows (frown lines) are not always completely resolved with Botox® alone. Fillers may be needed as a supplement to Botox Cosmetic® in these situations.
Fillers are effective in “inflating” a depressed or wrinkled area. They are called “volume enhancers”and generally last 6 – 12 months. The results may also be enhanced by combining this treatment to photorejuvenation treatments, chemical peels and injectable procedures, combined with a simple daily routine of home skin care with high quality products.
Dermal Fillers FAQ
How do fillers work?
Fillers are hyaluronic acid gels that are injected under the skin using a fine, sterile needle or cannula. It is placed in a position in the skin determined by factors such as the location and depth of a wrinkle or fold. This results in immediate lifting of wrinkles. It can also be used to add volume to the cheeks and lips.
Can I receive dermal fillers if I’m also being treated or receiving other procedures or injections?
Yes. Many different treatments are often used at the same time with dermal fillers or other cosmetic procedures for an all-over smoothing of wrinkles and facial lines and restoring of lost volume. For example, Botox ® treatments may be used on forehead wrinkles, while dermal fillers may be better used to treat lines at the mouth area. Be sure to ask us about Soft Lift™.
What kinds of wrinkles can be treated?
Commonly treated sites include the nasolabial folds (from the edge of the nose to the angle of the mouth), the wrinkles around the lips and the forehead, deep hollows under the eyes, but other sites can also be treated.
When will I see treatment results?
After your initial dermal filler treatment, you should notice visible results immediately.
How often would I require filler treatments?
Follow-up treatments are usually required to maintain the effect. For instance, collagen fillers can last three to 12 months, hyaluronic acid fillers typically last up to 12 months, semi-permanent fillers can last up to two years, and semi to permanent fillers are permanent.
Keep in mind that everyone’s skin is different; the timing of any additional treatment may vary from person to person. When repeat treatments occur over time, either the interval between appointments becomes longer, or less product is required to achieve the same results, or more areas can be treated with the same amount of product.
Is it painful?
This is very individual and depends on how sensitive you are to pain. The injections may be slightly uncomfortable, but the treatment is usually very tolerable. Pain is minimized by a variety of techniques that may include ice packs and/or local anesthetic. Many types of dermal fillers now come pre-mixed with a local anesthetic to minimize discomfort.
Is it safe?
The hyaluronic acid is almost identical to that found naturally in the human body. Consequently, the skin does not react to this material and stays calm and healthy. Additionally, since the hyaluronic acid in these products are not derived from animal sources, there is no risk of transmitting diseases from animals and very little risk of eliciting allergic reactions.
The most common side effects are mild swelling, redness, and tenderness at the treatment site that subside within a few days. Some bumps in the skin may occur temporarily following the injection.
Mild bruising at the treatment site is not common but can be covered with make-up immediately. After a lip treatment, the lips may become swollen and look slightly uneven. This can persist for several days, usually resolving within a week.
If you have previously suffered from facial cold sores, there is a small risk that the needle punctures could contribute to another cold sore eruption. If you are using aspirin or any blood thinner, you should be aware that these might increase bleeding and bruising at the injection site. We recommend that you stop any medications or health products that may thin the blood prior to having a dermal filler injection.