WHAT ARE DERMAL FILLERS?
As people get older, they tend to lose fat in their faces. Dermal fillers help restore the look of fullness that is common in youth.
Dermal fillers are gel-like substances that are injected beneath the skin to restore lost volume, smooth lines and soften creases, or enhance facial contours. More than 1 million men and women annually have choose this popular facial rejuvenation treatment, which can be a cost-effective way to look younger without surgery or downtime.
Injectable dermal fillers can plump thin lips, enhance shallow contours, soften facial creases, remove wrinkles and improve the appearance of scars.
WHAT CAN DERMAL FILLERS TREAT?
While dermal fillers are casually known as “wrinkle fillers,” they can do much more than just smooth out wrinkles, although they are excellent at this too!
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 & restore volume to sunken cheeks or temples
Diminish vertical lip lines
Plump & enhance the lips
Smooth out a chin crease
Improve symmetry among facial features
WHAT ARE DERMAL FILLERS MADE OF?
The most common types of dermal fillers are made from hyaluronic acid, including the popular brands we use here at AD Aesthetics, Juvéderm and Restylane. Hyaluronic acid is often favored over other filler substances because it can be dissolved (with an enzyme called hyaluronidase) if anything goes wrong with the treatment or if the client doesn’t like the results.
Another plus of hyaluronic acid is that it's a naturally-occurring molecule found in the skin, which means it’s a safe material that’s well-received by the body.
HOW LONG DO FILLERS LAST?
Most dermal fillers last anywhere from nine to 12 months, depending upon the patient and where we’re targeting the injections. Some of the newer fillers, such as Juvederm Vollure, lasts closer to 15-18 months.
Their exact longevity will vary from person to person as it depends on how quickly each individual metabolizes the filler.
HOW CAN I PREPARE FOR FILLERS?
A week prior to your treatment, avoid taking aspirin, ibuprofen, vitamin E and fish oil supplements as these may increase bleeding and bruising. Avoiding alcohol for at least one day before your treatment is also recommended.