What are dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers are injectable hyaluronic acid, used to restore youthful facial contours and improve other signs of aging. Compared to neuromodulators, which treat lines and wrinkles associated with expression, dermal filler “fills” or softens lines and areas of lost subcutaneous fullness that are present at rest, which are common around the cheeks, lips, chin and between the nose and mouth.
Why are they used?
As we grow older our bodies produce less collagen and elastin, both of which contribute to a youthful appearance of the skin. This can begin to occur as early as 25 years of age, and rapidly decline thereafter, which is why signs of aging can often become so much more noticeable in our 30s.
Do dermal fillers hurt?
Since we use a prescription strength numbing cream, discomfort is minimal and temporary, often associated with a pressure sensation. Occasionally, minor bleeding occurs at injection sites, but usually resolves quickly. The vast majority of patients tolerate filler treatment very well.
Is Botox different from dermal filler?
Yes! Botox is a neuromodulator. Neuromodulators are injected into facial muscles, temporarily preventing them from moving, which then decreases the appearance of lines and wrinkles that form with facial expression.
Dermal fillers treat lines and wrinkles that are present at rest. They are injected below the skin, around muscles and above the bone to plump the subcutaneous tissue and smooth areas of lost fullness so that contours are more even, symmetrical and youthful-looking.
How long does dermal fillers last?
Results are seen immediately and last from one to two years, depending on the product. Repeat treatment at this interval, if not sooner, is recommended for best results.
How much do dermal fillers cost?
We offer cheek filler starting at $1300. Fillers for the lips, nasolabial folds, temples, tear troughs, chin, and marionette lines start at $650. Additional discounts and promotional pricing may be available.
Facts about Dermal fillers
1. Dermal fillers have been used for over one hundred years.
In the late 1800s, the Austrian surgeon Robert Gersuny experimented with mineral oil (Vaseline) and paraffin as a soft tissue filler for facial defects.
2. Dermal fillers contain natural ingredients.
Collagen and hyaluronic acid are two forms of natural, FDA-approved dermal fillers. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the human body, whereas collagen fillers can be derived from human or bovine sources.
3. Usage among men is on the rise.
Over the past several years, the number of men seeking dermal filler treatment has increased dramatically. Fillers can be used to give a man’s face a more chiseled appearance.
4. Dermal fillers promote collagen production.
Over time, certain dermal fillers can encourage the body to manufacture collagen at the injection site. This means patients may need less treatment over time in order to maintain the same look.