What are dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers help to diminish facial lines and restore volume and fullness in the face.
As we age, our faces naturally lose subcutaneous fat. The facial muscles are then working closer to the skin surface, so smile lines and crow's feet become more apparent.
The facial skin also stretches a bit, adding to this loss of facial volume. Other factors that affect the facial skin include sun exposure, heredity, and lifestyle.
Dermal fillers can be used to:
• Plump thin lips
• Enhance shallow contours
• Soften facial creases and wrinkles
• Improve the appearance of recessed scars
Dermal fillers can be very helpful in those with early signs of aging, or as a value-added part of facial rejuvenation surgery.
Dermal fillers candidates
You may be a good candidate for dermal fillers if you:
• Are physically healthy
• Don't smoke
• Have a positive outlook and realistic goals in mind for the improvement of your appearance
For some patients, surgery such as a facelift, brow lift, or eye lift may be the best approach. Non-surgical rejuvenation treatments, such as soft tissue fillers, cannot achieve the same results, but may help delay the time when consideration of a facelift becomes appropriate.
Dermal fillers recovery
There is no downtime with dermal fillers. You can resume most activities right away. Your initial appearance after treatment with any dermal filler may include:
• An "over-filled" appearance to treated areas
• Mild swelling or bruising
• Temporary numbness or redness
These conditions can be alleviated with topical icing and will improve within a matter of hours or just a few days. When your own fat is the injected filler, the healing process is longer and may take a few weeks. Get more information about fat injections.
Dermal fillers result
The results of soft tissue augmentation using dermal fillers are apparent immediately.
Your initial appearance after treatment with any filler may include:
• An "over-filled" appearance to treated areas • Mild swelling or bruising • Temporary numbness or redness
These conditions can be alleviated with topical icing and will improve within a matter of hours or just a few days. Learn more about recovering from dermal fillers.
When your own fat is the injected filler, the healing process is longer and may take a few weeks. Learn more about fat injections.
The continued aging of your face and variables in the absorption of fillers will affect how long your results last.
Types of dermal fillers
There are several different types of dermal fillers.
Dermal fillers differ in chemical make-up, longevity, and have varying degrees of softness. Softer fillers are used in the lips, for example, while sturdier fillers might be desired to enhance cheekbones.
Your surgeon will determine with you the best type and volume of filler needed for your areas of concern.
For many people, the use of "off-the-shelf" fillers can be a simple office-based procedure that can nicely enhance their appearance. These dermal fillers are very predictable, and have relatively minimal risks and side effects. These fillers are often injected in the surgeon's office.