Dermal Fillers

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What are fillers?

Dermal fillers are gel-like substances that are injected beneath the skin to restore lost volume, smooth lines and soften creases, and enhance facial contours. Most fillers are composed of hyaluronic acid, with the exception of Radiesse, which is made of calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA).

How do fillers work?

Dermal fillers help restore volume to your face by injecting a gel just below the surface of the skin to instantly smooth wrinkles and folds. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance that helps keep skin plump and hydrated. Calcium hydroxylapatite is found primarily in our bones and is also reported to help stimulate natural collagen production.

What do fillers treat?

While dermal fillers are casually known as “wrinkle fillers,” they can do much more than just smooth out wrinkles. Here are a few of the common issues dermal fillers can help address: smooth out lines around nose and mouth (a.k.a. marionette lines, smile lines, and parentheses), enhance and restore volume to sunken cheeks or temples, diminish vertical lip lines, plump and enhance the lips, smooth out a chin crease, and improve symmetry among facial features.

Recommended Treatment

Every 6-12 months (as needed)

Pre-Treatment:

Discontinue blood thinning products 1 week prior to treatment (ASA, ibuprofen, supplements). Skin must be completely clean prior to treatment (no makeup, moisturizer, etc.). Numbing cream will be applied to treatment area 30 minutes prior to procedure or a dental block can be performed for lip filler.

Post-Treatment:

  • Expect redness, tenderness, swelling, and bruising.
  • Apply ice if any discomfort is noted post-treatment
  • Avoid strenuous activity for 24 hours
  • In-depth post-treatment handout will be given the day of procedure

Who can use fillers?

Fillers are not recommended if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. You should not add filler if you are on current antibiotic use have recent or upcoming dental procedures, or recent or upcoming vaccinations.

Supporting Treatments/Products

Neuromodulators (Botox/Dysport) to treat lines/wrinkles in upper parts of the face
Microneedle (helpful for static fine lines/wrinkles)
Erbium:Yag and CO2 lasers (may be helpful for deeper scarring and wrinkles)
Skinceuticals HA intensifier (hydrates, firms, and plumps the skin)

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