As time passes, we begin to see life's adventures, good and bad, appear one wrinkle at a time on our skin, growing deeper and deeper throughout the years. Starting to age is inevitable, natural, and irreversible. However, that doesn't mean that there is nothing to be done about it. You've probably heard about options like dermal fillers, but how do you know if it is suitable for you? Continue reading to learn more about dermal fillers.
What Are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are gel-like substances injected beneath the skin to restore youthful volume in the face. Dermal fillers can:
- Plump thin lips
- Enhance shallow contours
- Soften facial creases and wrinkles
- Improve the appearance of recessed scars
- Decrease the shadow of lower lids
- Increase volume in the face
There are different types of dermal fillers; each differs in chemical makeup and longevity and has varying degrees of softness. At the Dermatology Center for Skin Health, PLLC, we offer four types of fillers, including:
- Hyaluronic Acid (HA), a natural substance found in your skin, helps to maintain plumpness and hydration.
- Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA) is a natural substance found in our bones and, as a filler, is reported to stimulate collagen production.
- Poly-L-lactic Acid is a safe, biodegradable synthetic substance and is considered a collagen stimulator.
- Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) is a safe synthetic substance used in medication for the last century. These fillers contain collagen to help provide structure and support. The PMMA microspheres form a scaffold to support the production of endogenous collagen to maintain volume and natural-looking results long term.
It’s important to note that dermal fillers are temporary and ongoing treatment is necessary for long-lasting results.
Before, During, And After The Procedure
Dermal filler injections are typically non-surgical and take place during an office visit. Dermal fillers are often used to rejuvenate your face with a youthful look. At the Dermatology Center for Skin Health, PLLC, we believe injecting fillers is an art that requires experience. That’s why it’s highly important that you find a skilled dermatologist for your dermal filler procedure.
Unlike botulinum toxins such as Botox, Dysport, or Xeomin, dermal fillers won’t affect your facial expression or the motion of your facial muscles. If you find a dermatologist who injects your dermal fillers properly, they will look natural to the eye.
Your treatment will begin with a consultation. During this consultation, you will meet with your dermatologist to discuss your goals and any questions or concerns you may have about the procedure.
During the Procedure
Just before your treatment, the area will be cleaned, and you may be given a topical anesthetic to numb the area before injection. Also, many filler products contain lidocaine, a numbing medication that minimizes discomfort during and after the treatment. Your provider will then inject an amount of filler strategically beneath the skin.
After the Procedure
You may notice results immediately depending on the product used and the areas treated. Some patients report mild bruising and swelling, but these effects are temporary and will go away in the following days.
Recovery time varies for each patient, depending on which filler was used. The patient can resume most normal activities immediately following the treatment; however, it is recommended not to participate in strenuous exercise for 24 to 48 hours to reduce swelling and bruising. It will also prevent the migration of the product.
The Dermatology Center For Skin Health, PLLC | Neurotoxins & Dermal Fillers
The Dermatology Center Center for Skin Health, PLLC, is ready to assist you and determine which option will best suit your needs and provide youthful, beautiful results. Our skilled team is prepared to help you reclaim your youth and regain and build confidence with the help of experienced professionals and high-quality treatment.
Schedule an appointment with one of our dermatologists today to see which option is right for you and get started on your treatment plan for beautiful skin. Call 304.598.3888 to make your appointment today.