Dermal Fillers and Botox are a great way to improve wrinkles, decreased volume, and other facial changes associated with aging with minimal discomfort and no downtime.
What are dermal Fillers?
Dermal Fillers are safe and natural fillers that restore volume and fullness to the face and correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds like those between the nose and mouth (nasolabial area). Some fillers can be used to restore fullness to the lips.
As we age, our faces naturally lose subcutaneous fat. The facial muscles are then working closer to the skin surface, so smile lines and crow’s feet become more apparent.
The facial skin also stretches a bit, adding to this loss of facial volume. Other factors that affect the facial skin include: sun exposure, heredity and lifestyle.
What are dermal Fillers made of?
Dermal Fillers are made of non-animal stabilized Hyaluronic Acid. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the human body and is used to provide volume and fullness. It is a crystal-clear gel that is biodegradable and biocompatible with human hyaluronic acid.
Once injected they provide immediate volume and correction, but continues to work by stimulating the body’s natural collagen.
What dermal Fillers can do?
Plump thin lips
Enhance shallow contours
Soften facial creases and wrinkles
Improve the appearance of recessed scars
Reconstruct contour deformities in the face
Decrease or remove the shadow of the lower lids
Dermal Fillers can be very helpful in those with early signs of aging, or as a value-added part of facial rejuvenation surgery.
Are dermal Fillers safe?
Hyaluronic Acid is a natural substance found in the human body. No allergy testing is required before use. The most commonly reported side effects are temporary redness and swelling at the injection site. These effects resolve in less than seven days.
How long do dermal Fillers last?
Dermal Fillers can last from six months to two years based on the filler that is used.
How are dermal Fillers different from Botox?
Dermal Fillers are natural, cosmetic filler that can increase the volume and also diminish wrinkles. In contrast, Botox is a medication that blocks nerve transmission and relaxes the under muscle temporarily improving the appearance of wrinckles.
Are the injections painful?
Dermal Fillers are injected directly into the skin in tiny amounts by using a very fine needle, resulting in minimal discomfort. Some Fillers have lidocaine mixed with them to decrease discomfort. To decrease discomfort, the treatment area may also be anesthetized topically prior to the procedure.
Avoid aspirin, Motrin, ginkgo, garlic, fish oil, and vitamin E, two days to one week after treatment
Avoid vigorous exercise, sun, and heat exposure for three days after treatment.
Avoid makeup or lipstick application until the next day if possible.
Do not touch, press, rub, or manipulate the injected area for six hours after treatment.
Remember one side may heal faster than the other side.
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