If you’re looking to rejuvenate your appearance without undergoing plastic surgery, dermal fillers are a popular option. These gel-like substances are injected into specific areas of the face to add volume and address concerns such as wrinkles, facial creases, shallow contours, and recessed scars.
Why might someone need dermal fillers?
As we age, facial skin loses subcutaneous fat which can result in lines and wrinkles, and facial muscles that are used daily can also contribute to these changes. Additionally, factors such as sun exposure, lifestyle, and genetics may impact the appearance of your face over time.
What are the different types of dermal fillers?
There are various types of dermal fillers that vary based on their chemical makeup, target areas, and longevity. They are categorized by contents, density, texture, and injection depth. All dermal fillers are temporary and require repeat treatments for long-lasting results.
Hyaluronic acid fillers are among the most popular types and are recommended for first-time patients. This substance occurs naturally in the skin to create hydration and plumpness. Common brands of hyaluronic acid fillers include Restylane, Juvederm, Voluma, and Belotero Balance. Another popular type of filler is Radiesse, which contains calcium hydroxylapatite that is found naturally in bones. These fillers last for around 12 months and aim to stimulate collagen production.
What is the treatment process like?
Dermal filler injections are performed by an experienced professional like Dr. Neily in Venice during an office visit. After a consultation to discuss your goals and questions, the treatment area will be cleaned and possibly given a topical anesthetic for numbing. Many dermal fillers also contain lidocaine to help alleviate discomfort during treatment. An accurate amount of filler will be injected under the skin in a precise area. Results may be visible immediately depending on the treatment location, and you can resume normal activities (other than strenuous exercise) right away. Mild bruising or swelling sometimes occurs but subsides within days.
Are dermal fillers safe? It’s important to receive FDA-approved fillers from a licensed physician. While significant complications from these injections are rare, potential side effects may include swelling, bruising, redness, numbness, an overfilled appearance, lumps, or sensitivity. Icing or massaging can help alleviate these side effects. Repeat treatments are recommended to maintain ideal results and to adjust the amount of filler and techniques used.