Dermal fillers are safe, gel-like injectable substances that smooth creases, fine lines, and wrinkles to rejuvenate your skin and add volume and fullness to your face. Dermal fillers can be used to enhance your lips, fill your cheeks, straighten out your jawline, soften grooves underneath your eyes, and many other cosmetic alterations to reduce the visible effects of aging. Dermal fillers do not fill in wrinkles but rather add volume to the desired area in order to reduce the appearance of wrinkles in your skin.

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What are dermal fillers made of?

Dermal fillers can be made from various materials, including:

  • Hyaluronic acid: A naturally occurring substance in the skin. (Versa, Galderma hyaluronic acid fillers)
  • Poly-L-lactic acid: A biodegradable synthetic substance. (Sculptra)

How long do dermal fillers last?

The longevity of dermal fillers varies depending on the type of filler used and the area treated. Hyaluronic acid fillers typically last 6-18 months, while other types like poly-L-lactic acid can last up to two years or more.

Are dermal fillers safe?

When administered by a qualified and experienced practitioner, dermal fillers are generally safe. However, as with any medical procedure, there are risks and potential side effects, such as bruising, swelling, and, in rare cases, allergic reactions or infections.

What should I expect during the procedure?

The procedure is relatively quick, often taking less than an hour. The area to be treated will be cleaned, and a topical anesthetic may be applied to minimize discomfort. The filler is then injected into the targeted areas using a fine needle or cannula.

Is there any downtime after getting dermal fillers?

Most people can resume normal activities immediately after the procedure. However, it’s advisable to avoid strenuous exercise, excessive sun or heat exposure, and alcohol for 24-48 hours to minimize swelling and bruising.

Are the results of dermal fillers immediate?

Yes, the results are usually visible immediately after the treatment, though some swelling and redness may occur initially. Final results are typically seen after a few days once any swelling has subsided.

Can dermal fillers be reversed?

Some fillers, particularly those made of hyaluronic acid, can be dissolved using an enzyme called hyaluronidase if the results are unsatisfactory or if complications arise.

How much do dermal fillers cost?

The cost of dermal fillers varies depending on the type of filler used, the amount required, and the geographic location of the clinic. Prices can range from a few hundred to several thousand dollars.

Who should avoid dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers may not be suitable for individuals with certain health conditions, such as severe allergies, bleeding disorders, or active skin infections. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should also avoid dermal fillers.

Can dermal fillers be combined with other treatments?

Yes, dermal fillers can be combined with other cosmetic treatments like Botox, chemical peels, RF microneedling or laser treatments to achieve more comprehensive facial rejuvenation.

How do I choose a qualified practitioner for dermal fillers?

Choose a licensed healthcare provider with specialized training in cosmetic procedures. Look for someone with extensive experience and positive patient reviews.