What are Dermal Fillers?

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.

Fillers are a type of minimally invasive aesthetic medicine used to add volume, alter the contours of the face, and fill in wrinkles. Common areas to inject fillers are in the face, neck, and hands, resulting in a fuller, smoother and more youthful appearance.

Dermal fillers are among the most popular aesthetic procedures because they carry immediate results, very few risks and little recovery time.

Who is it for?

The following are some common reason why you may want to consider fillers:

  • You have lines or wrinkles around your mouth, eyes or forehead.
  • You’d like to enhance the volume in areas such as the cheeks, jaw line or lips.
  • If you have scars and depressions in the skin resulting from acne, injury or congenital imperfections.

Pre-op essentials

  • In the weeks before your injections, you’ll be asked to refrain from taking aspirin, ibuprofen, vitamin E and any other medications that could cause bruising.
  • Be sure to inform your doctor of any medicines you are taking. If you have a history of cold sores, your surgeon may recommend taking Valtrex as a precaution.
  • Your doctor may ask you to stop smoking before the procedure.
  • Regardless of the type of procedure to be performed, hydration is very important before and after treatment for safe recovery.

What to expect during treatment

Fillers are administered with a syringe to various areas on the face and head, including around the eyes, along the jaw, around the lips and in the forehead. The number, location and depth of the injections depend largely on the type of dermal fillers used and the desired results.

There are three types of fillers commonly used: temporary, semi-permanent, and permanent. Hyaluronic acid-based fillers are temporary, while other types of fillers offer longer-lasting results.

After Treatment

  • You will likely see the results of your injections immediately following the procedure, though it’s not uncommon for patients to experience swelling or minimal bruising in the area of the injection site.
  • Your doctor may recommend you to use an ice pack or cold compress to help stem swelling. The period of swelling will depend largely on the type of soft tissue filler you received, though most swelling, bruising, and redness should dissipate within one week to ten days.
  • One of the most enticing features of soft tissue fillers is their minimal recovery time. In the approximate week it takes for swelling and bruising to disappear, your doctor may advise you to avoid wearing hats or other headgear and only use small amounts of makeup.

Limitations and Risks

There are very few risks associated with fillers, but you should contact us if:

  • Swelling, bruising, or redness does not dissipate after one week
  • You experience acute pain near the injection site coupled with asymmetry, lasting more than seven to ten days after the procedure
  • You develop any nodules or bumps in or around injected areas or any uneven areas around the skin

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