Dermal Fillers

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

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

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.