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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.