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I’m Interested in Dermal Fillers, What do I Need to Get Started?

Smiling, laughing, squinting, frowning. These normal facial movements we make hundreds of times a day eventually leave their mark on our faces as fine lines and wrinkles. While some chalk it up to a life well lived, others may choose to turn back the clock to more youthful days with the help of injectable dermal fillers.

What Are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are a type of gel suitable to injecting in facial skin to soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. These safe, affordable fillers can restore fullness to the face, soften creases, and even reduce the appearance of scars without the need for invasive surgery.

What Can Dermal Fillers Do?

Over the years, our faces naturally lose subcutaneous fat that gives us a youthful appearance. Facial skin thins and muscle activity occurs closer to the surface, accelerating the appearance of wrinkles. Lifestyle habits like smoking can cause wrinkles, while years of sun exposure and genetics also play a role. Injectable dermal fillers can erase these telltale signs of aging by:

  • Plumping up thin lips
  • Enhancing shallow contours
  • Softening creases around the mouth and nose
  • Improving the appearance of scars
  • Improving the appearance of lower eyelid shadows
  • Softening crow’s feet

Who Makes a Good Candidate for Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are great if you are just beginning to notice small lines and wrinkles. Some patients with deep wrinkles and sagging skin may be better served by opting for a facelift or brow lift. Dermal fillers are a good choice if you:

  • Enjoy overall good health
  • Never smoke
  • Have a reasonable expectation of what fillers can accomplish
  • Are committed to maintaining optimal skin health

How Do I Get Started with Dermal Fillers?

A thorough consultation with your cosmetic surgeon is the first step to getting dermal fillers. During your consultation, your cosmetic surgeon will examine your potential treatment area and give you advice on whether you can achieve positive results, Your doctor will also:

  • Take a complete health history of your past cosmetic treatments or surgeries
  • Note all of your current medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements
  • Note any ongoing health concerns or treatments that could interfere with the procedure

If your cosmetic surgeon determines you’re a good candidate for dermal filters, he or she will explain the suggested course of treatment, outlining your likely results, potential side effects, and the longevity of the treatment.

Popular dermal fillers include:

Radiesse (calcium hydroxylapatite)—Perfect for plumping mild to moderate wrinkles, frown lines, and enhancing cheek fullness

Juvederm (hyaluronic acid)—Great for reducing acne scarring, eliminating crow’s feet, forehead lines, and more

Aquamid (polyalkylimide)—Perfect for treating deeper wrinkles, enhancing the appearance of cheekbones and the jawline, and replacing facial volume

What Happens During the Procedure?

Before your procedure, the treatment area will be numbed with a topical anesthetic. The doctor will then inject a precise amount of filler to the treatment area. In most cases you’ll be able to notice results right away. Other formulations may take longer to see results.

There’s no downtime after the procedure. You can resume normal activities but should avoid strenuous exercise for a few days. Possible side effects at the injection site can include:

  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Bleeding

Depending on the type of dermal filler, you can expect your results to last from six months to several years. Typically, denser, thicker formulations injected deep into the skin last the longest.

Would you like to learn more about injectable dermal fillers? Make an appointment for a consultation today with one of the board-certified cosmetic surgeons at Sanctuary Medical Center in Boca Raton.