What Are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal or soft tissue fillers are among the most popular minimally invasive cosmetic treatments. They can be used to fill wrinkles and restore lost facial volume, rejuvenate sunken areas, and enhance the lips, chin and jawline, among other uses. There are many dermal fillers on the market in the U.S. Some, like the popular Juvéderm and Restylane, are hyaluronic acid-based and work by filling wrinkles and folds from the inside out. Hyaluronic acid is found naturally throughout our bodies, but production slows with advancing age. More permanent fillers such as Sculptra and Radiesse work by stimulating collagen production underneath your skin’s surface. Collagen is one of the main structural proteins that give skin its youthful properties. Like hyaluronic acid, our supply dwindles with age.
Who Are The Best Candidates For Dermal Fillers?
If you are concerned about fine lines and wrinkles and/or loss of volume such as sinking cheeks, dermal fillers may be an attractive option. Scheduling a consultation with a dermatologist or plastic surgeon is the best way to determine if dermal fillers are right for you and which ones will produce the most natural and beautiful results.
How Do Dermal Fillers Work?
Dermal fillers work in a few ways. Some, like hyaluronic-acid based fillers, volumize wrinkles from the inside out. Others boost the production of collagen beneath the skin’s surface.
What Areas Can Be Treated With Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are most commonly used to fill Crow's feet, nasolabial folds (nose to mouth lines), and marionette lines (lines that form in the corners of your mouth) on the face. They may also be used to plump lips and restore volume to the cheeks and lower face. Lower eyelids may be rejuvenated with some filler injections to reduce a sunken appearance and eye bags. Some injectors may use fillers to perform what is often referred to as “liquid nose jobs.” Dermal fillers can also help smooth the appearance of scars. With so many fillers now available in the U.S. market, it is important to see an experienced medical professional to learn which are safe and will produce the best results for you.
According to Dr. Monica Bonakdar in Newport Beach and Rancho Mirage, CA, “I am a big fan of using the most advanced fillers strategically to rejuvenate the entire face and to transform my patients to a more scientifically and artistically beautiful version of themselves. After their filler injections, we recommend that they incorporate DefenAge 24/7 Barrier Balance Anti-Aging Cream and the 8-in-1 BioSerum to further synergistic improvement of their results.”
What Will I Experience During My Dermal Filler Treatment?
Dermal filler treatment can last anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour depending on how many areas are being treated. Today’s dermal fillers often contain an anesthetic mixed into the injection to help reduce any pain. After your doctor injects filler, he or she will likely massage the area for a smoother result.
What Can You Expect After A Dermal Filler Treatment?
Expect some swelling and bruising after your dermal filler injections. The area may feel sore for a day or two. You may be offered an ice pack to reduce swelling and alleviate any discomfort that occurs immediately after your treatment. With some fillers, results are immediate, while others appear more gradually. Results can last 6 months to 2 years or longer depending on what product and volume are used.
Who Should Inject Dermal Fillers?
Only experienced injectors such as plastic surgeons, facial plastic surgeons, dermatologists, or oculoplastic surgeons should perform these procedures.
When Can I Start My DefenAge Homecare Program?
A good home skincare program can help optimize the results of your dermal filler injections. To make sure your skin is in prime shape before your injections, use DefenAge’s 1-Step Multi-Cleanse in the morning and at night along with the 2-Minute Reveal Masque once or twice a week. After your filler injections, incorporate DefenAge 24/7 Barrier Balance Anti-Aging Cream and the 8-in-1 BioSerum to further improve upon the results.
NOTE: Always consult your medical professional to learn more about dermal fillers and before applying any products to your skin post procedure.