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Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are a great way to temporarily restore a youthful appearance to the face by diminishing lines and restoring volume to the face.

Some examples of how dermal fillers can be used:

  • Create definition and volume in the cheeks
  • Enhance the lips
  • Improve shallow or hollow contours such as tear troughs, temples, and lower cheeks
  • Augment the chin or jawline
  • Soften facial creases and wrinkles such as nasolabial folds and marionette lines
  • Improve appearance of recessed scars
  • Reconstruct contour deformities of the face

The Science:

Fillers are based on a substance that a occurs naturally in your body: hyaluronic acid.  This molecule’s function is to bind water, thereby regulating water balance in the skin, and boosting your skin’s ability to effectively retain that moisture in the area injected.  Fillers are a tissue-friendly, gel-like substance that closely resembles the tissue in the face.  Over time your body will break down the hyaluronic acid.

Ideal Candidate for Dermal Fillers

  • Physically healthy
  • Has a positive self-image and realistic goals for improving their image
  • Looking to restore volume and diminish fine lines
  • Has no contraindications to treatment

What to Expect

The treatment can take 30 minutes to an hour depending on where you are getting treatment and how many syringes of product are used. After treatment, you will receive after-care instructions and return in 2 weeks for a follow-up to make sure everything looks great.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Dermal Fillers

Is this procedure painful?

Pain is subjective, so what might be considered “not too bad” for some, may be painful for others. Generally, basic dermal filler procedures require very little anesthetic. You may feel a slight pinching sensation when the needle enters the skin.  We want to make sure you have the most comfortable experience possible and provide you with several pain management options. After treatment, you may have some swelling or soreness that is generally relieved with cold packs.

Is there any downtime?

Yes, you should plan on some downtime, of course how long can vary from person to person. Bruising is usually very light but could be more extensive and take a week or more to resolve. Generally, makeup can be used to cover bruising. You may also have swelling that could take several days to resolve. To reduce the risk of bruising, prior to treatment you should be off any type of blood thinner for one week (fish oil, aspirin, ibuprofen, etc.) and no alcohol for at least two days. You can also take oral arnica Montana for 1 week prior if you think you are going to bruise.  Do not plan on taking any flights for at least 3 days after your treatment.

How soon will I see results, and how long does it last?

You will see results instantly, and the results continue to settle over the following 2 weeks.  Initially, there will be some swelling. Some people think their filler disappeared, but it was just the swelling that went down. Those people are usually the ones who need more filler. On the other end of the spectrum are those freaking out because of the swelling and are thinking “what have I done?” Don’t worry, the swelling goes away and the end result will be great.

Depending on the product the results typically last 12-18 months. Overall, longevity varies from person to person, depending on the severity of the wrinkles and how your body metabolizes the product, your lifestyle, and various other factors. Therefore, we cannot guarantee a specific amount of time that the results last.

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