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Dermal fillers can make a person appear more youthful, and they cost a lot less than a traditional facelift. Fillers can be used to address a variety of cosmetic issues like wrinkles, lines, and hollows. The results can last for over a year. A filler can be used to relax the muscles underneath a wrinkle or fill up a crease/line in the patient's skin. When it is applied to the area that needs work, it makes aging skin less noticeable and leaves the person looking younger. Dermal fillers are also used to plump and volumize the jawline, chin, lips, temples, and cheeks. Fillers can even be used to improve the appearance of saggy hands.

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Common types of dermal fillers

The most common type of fillers used to address cosmetic issues and the signs of aging include:

  • Hyaluronic acid: This chemical is naturally present in the connective tissues of a person’s skin and can be used to fill up wrinkles and fine lines. This filler type can also be used to augment a person’s lips and give them more volume.
  • Calcium hydroxylapatite: This type of filler is often used to restore volume in a person’s cheeks, eliminate skin folds, and address deep wrinkles. It can also be used to contour the jawline. Calcium hydroxylapatite fillers tend to last longer than those containing hyaluronic acids — up to three years.
  • Permanent soft tissue fillers: These are often used for deep wrinkles around the mouth. Because this filler can’t be absorbed by the body, patients can see more permanent results. This filler type is generally not recommended for those who are getting fillers for the first time.
  • Poly-L-lactic acid fillers: This type of filler is great for people with HIV who have localized fat tissue loss as a symptom. These fillers are used to make up for the lost tissue, and the effects can last a couple of years.

Frequently asked questions about dermal fillers

Considering getting dermal fillers? Let us look at the answers to some of the questions you might have:

1. What are the advantages of dermal fillers?

Many of the signs of aging that form on our faces, like hollow temples, thinning lips, sunken eyes, wrinkles, and folds, are caused by a loss of volume in key areas of the face. Dermal fillers are used to restore volume in these areas, smoothing out wrinkles and folds. Dermal fillers also help to improve contours on the face, giving patients natural-looking results.

2. How long does the volumizing effect of dermal fillers last?

The effects of dermal fillers are not permanent; they last anywhere between six months to two years based on factors like the type of filler used, the quantity, the patient’s lifestyle, the area treated, and the patient’s age.

3. Do dermal filler injections hurt?

Not really. Most patients only report slight discomfort since local anesthetic creams are applied to the areas being treated before being injected. Many dermal fillers also contain lidocaine which helps to minimize discomfort.

4. Do I have to take days off work after getting dermal fillers?

No, there is no downtime needed after getting dermal fillers. Patients are free to return to their regular routine after their treatment. However, many patients experience some swelling and bruising after getting fillers, so it is best not to schedule these treatments right before important events.

What to expect when getting dermal fillers

Getting dermal fillers is a straightforward process. The doctor will typically numb the site of injection with a numbing agent, then inject the filler into the problematic area. The entire procedure usually takes less than an hour. The patient might experience some soreness for a couple of days, but that quickly goes away. The area that was worked on will feel like it normally does within a few days. With fillers, the patient gets instant results. Find out more about our dermal filler services and about how we can help you get your youthful look back.

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