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Dermal Fillers 

Dermal fillers, or soft tissue fillers, are products made from substances such as hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxyapatite, poly-l-lactic acid, polymethyl methacrylate or collagen. These substances can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and creases, raise depressed scars, and add contour to the lips and cheeks. Fillers are long-lasting but temporary solutions that are administered in many places on the face . Products are selected based on each patient’s preferences and desired outcome.

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Who Can Receive Dermal Fillers?

The dermal fillers that are used by us have naturally-occurring ingredients such as hyaluronic acid. Those that have synthetic chemicals (Radiesse) have been thoroughly studied for safety and efficacy. Therefore, there is no need for allergy testing before dermal filler treatment (other than collagen) and most patients are excellent candidates for this cosmetic solution to aging and other facial concerns.

 

How Do Dermal Fillers Compare to Botox?

Botox and dermal fillers are all categorized as wrinkle-reducers. However, their action in dermal tissue is completely different. Botox is the wrinkle-reducer that is commonly used in the uppermost areas of the face, those that develop wrinkles as a result of facial movement. Botox is ideal for these dynamic wrinkles because its action is to bind to nerve receptors in muscle tissue to prevent the uptake of specific chemicals that cause contraction. Dermal fillers, on the other hand, adhere to water molecules in the subcutaneous tissue beneath the epidermis to plump superficial layers of

the skin.

 

Are Dermal Fillers Permanent?

Dermal fillers are long-lasting, renewing the skin for up to 1 year. However, they do degrade over time. Treatment may be repeated every few months to years to soften the signs of aging. 

Can Dermal Fillers Be Dissolved If I Don’t Like the Results?

If you receive filler treatment with a hyaluronic acid product, such as Juvéderm, Restylane, or Belotero, you may have some or all of your filler dissolved if you are not completely satisfied with your results. Treatment to dissolve hyaluronic acid dermal fillers involves injections of an enzyme called hyaluronidase.

 

Can I Receive Dermal Filler Injections and Botox Injections at the Same Time?

Dermal fillers and Botox treatment can and often are administered during the same visit.This is  Because each product works differently in the skin, the two can be a powerful combination to achieve beautiful, natural-looking rejuvenation. 

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Are There Any Side Effects to Dermal Filler Injections?

The side effects of dermal filler treatment are typically limited to mild, transient redness and swelling at injection sites. Minor bruising may also be noticed, but this is less common. Some people may notice prolonged swelling or the formation of lumps or bumps beneath their skin after a treatment. If these side effects occur, contact us and we will schedule a visit or instruct you on what to do to handle your particular situation.

 

Are There Any Risks to Dermal Filler Injections?

Dermal fillers are generally safe but as with any treatment, there are potential side effects. The risks include (but are not limited to): swelling, firmness, lumps, pain, redness, bruising, itching, and vascular compromise. This occurs in less than 1% of patients in our practice. Talk to your doctor about any medications you are taking as these can increase the risk of bleeding or infection. 

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