Dermal fillers (also known as facial injections, as well as many brand names) include a variety of products that are injected into the skin to replace lost volume, enhance lips, reduce wrinkles and rejuvenate the skin overall.
There are many brand-name facial injections available: the best-known is Botox, but other options include Juvederm, Restylane and Sculptra. These injections use fillers such as collagen, hyaluronic acid and calcium hydroxyapatite and can be helpful in combating early signs of aging.
People who are over the age of 35 and are concerned about the effects of aging are the most likely candidates for dermal fillers. Fillers are most often used to minimize the deep lines from the nose to the mouth, to restore volume to the cheeks, to enhance thin lips and to minimize wrinkles around the mouth.
As with all cosmetic procedures, it is important to be realistic about what dermal fillers can accomplish and the results you want to achieve. Facial injections are very popular because they are less intrusive than other plastic surgery procedures.
Based on what you want to accomplish, your doctor will decide how much filler should be used and will inject it into the areas desired. The procedure is quick and can usually be done in less than an hour, and the results will continue to develop over the following week.
Dermal fillers may carry risk of an allergic reaction, in which case you could develop tiny bumps under the skin. Rarely, a bluish skin discoloration known as the Tyndall effect occurs, and the color change can last for several months.
There are also risks associated with dermal fillers being injected improperly or by people without the necessary training and qualifications. If the fillers are not used properly, skin cells may die, but such cases are extremely rare. A more common risk is that facial injections may be given by an unqualified or inexperienced provider, which can lead to injections in the wrong places and disfiguration. This is why it is crucial to discuss the treatment and your expectations with your doctor, and ensure that your doctor has the experience and artistry to successfully perform the injections.
Results vary depending on the type of filler used, the area of treatment and your body’s individual reaction.
Hyaluronic acid fillers, like Juvederm, are the most temporary option and usually last from six to 12 months. Synthetic fillers will last longer, as they are not absorbed by the body. Since the results can last several years, make sure you have discussed what you want to achieve with your doctor. You may want to try a hyaluronic acid filler first and, if you like the look, follow it up several months later with a more permanent synthetic filler.
The doctors at U.S. Dermatology Partners can provide information on a full range of dermal fillers and discuss their benefits with you.
*Results may vary by individual