What are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are synthetic substances that help to diminish facial lines and restore volume and fullness in the face. Our faces naturally lose subcutaneous fat as we get older. The facial muscles are then working closer to the skin surface, so smile lines and crow's feet become more apparent. The facial skin stretches a bit too, which adds to this loss of facial volume.
Some of the other factors affecting facial skin include exposure to sun, genetics and lifestyle. Dermal fillers are different from neurotoxins like Botox and Dysport. These types "freezes" muscles to reduce wrinkles, while fillers smooth out skin by filling wrinkles. Collagen used to be a common filler, but these days most fillers, such as Restylane and Juvéderm, use hyaluronic acid. Thanks to its ability to store moisture, hyaluronic acid is responsible for giving skin a plump, hydrated look. A cream or serum unfortunately can't restore lost volume—only injectable hyaluronic acid can due to its unique chemical features.
Once hyaluronic acid is injected it can add to the natural plumping action, and replenish your body's natural production of hyaluronic acid.
Uses of Dermal Fillers
• Plump thin lips
• Enhance shallow contours
• Soften facial creases and wrinkles
• Improve the appearance of recessed scars
• Reconstruct contour deformities in the face
• Decreasing or even removing the shadow of the lower lids
Dermal fillers can be very useful for people having some early signs of aging, or simply as an added-benefit of facial rejuvenation surgery.
For some patients, surgery such as a facelift, brow lift or eye lift may be the best approach. Nonsurgical solutions, as soft tissue fillers, are good treatments. However, they cannot achieve the same results as dermal fillers. Dermal fillers are temporary treatments for facial aging. Maintenance and ongoing treatments will be needed to maintain long-term results.
Is Dermal Filler suited for anyone?
Good candidates for dermal fillers are those who:
• Are physically healthy
• Don't smoke
• Have a positive outlook and realistic goals in their minds.
• Are committed to maintaining good skin health
For some patients, Dermal Fillers are not suitable so, surgery such as a facelift, brow lift or eye lift may be the best approach.
Is Dermal Filler injection expensive?
Cost is always a huge factor to take into consideration in elective procedure or treatment. The cost of dermal filler injections may vary based on the expertise and qualifications of the person performing the treatment, the type of procedure used, time and effort the procedure or treatment requires, as well as the geographic location of the office. Many plastic surgeons have financing plans to offer their patients.
When choosing a plastic surgeon for dermal filler injections, remember that the surgeon's experience and your comfort with him or her are just as important as the final cost of the procedure. Dermal Fillers unfortunately are not covered by Health Insurance.
Although tissue augmentation with dermal filler is a quick, easy procedure, seeking a physician with training and good understanding of facial anatomy is a must. As with any medical procedure, significant complications can occur with dermal fillers, so being treated by a board-certified plastic surgeon is fundamental for your health.