Dermal Fillers

What are Injectable Dermal Fillers?
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. ​​One of the most obvious signs of aging is volume loss. As we get older the skin on our face becomes thinner and our fat pads start to drop. Dermal fillers can replace volume loss which can smooth wrinkles, plump the lips, and provide definition resulting in a more restored and youthful appearance.

What are some of the benefits dermal fillers can provide? 

  • 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 fillers made with?

Hyaluronic Acid (HA)Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance that is already found in your skin. It helps keep skin plump and hydrated.Some of the products used in the clinic include:

How much will I need? What is the cost?

It will depend on the area being treated, volume loss and size of the area and the amount of syringes used. Many individuals will require a minimum of half to a full syringe per facial region.

Generally the costs are $299-$550 per area treated. 

Where can filler be injected? 

The diagram provided below from The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery will provide you with a general overview of the areas and types of dermal filler products used in treatment.  

What should I expect during treatment? Does it hurt?

Dermal filler injections are non-surgical and typically completed during an office visit. Your initial treatment will begin with a consultation with one of our medical directors, during that time your goals and concerns will be reviewed along with your medical history.

The area will be cleaned, and you may be given a topical anesthetic to numb the area prior to injection.

Many filler products also contain lidocaine, a mild anesthetic, which is intended to help minimize discomfort during and after your treatment.

Some areas can be more sensitive and are more prone to inflammation Prior to receiving this treatment we generally recommended not taking any blood thinners or supplements since some of the agents can increase bruising and swelling.

When Will I see results? 

Your results will be instant. The amount of swelling and bruising can make the area treated appear more voluminous initially however this generally resolves within 24-72 hours.

Post Treatment Care?

Most individuals resume normal activity. Ice can be applied intermittently to reduce swelling and discomfort. Rigorous exercise and activity should be avoided for at least 24-48 hours.  

What are the Risks and Contraindications? 

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Vascular occlusion
  • Asymmetries
  • Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not receive dermal fillers