What are Dermal Fillers?
Many people work hard to lose body fat, but some fullness in your face can make you look years younger. As you age, your face naturally loses subcutaneous fat, creating hollow and bony areas and sagging skin. Dermal fillers are popular non-surgical, injectable cosmetic procedures that can restore the volume wherever you need it by accomplishing the following feats:
- Plumping thin lips.
- Enhancing shallow contours, including the ones under the eyes and in the cheeks.
- Reducing the appearance of scars, fine lines and wrinkles.
- Lifting the brow or a downturned mouth.
- Adding volume to bony look in the hands.
Different Types of Dermal Fillers
- Hyaluronic acid filler. This filler can restore volume in most facial areas, including cheeks, lips and nasolabial folds (laugh lines). As you age, your body produces less hyaluronic acid and collagen, leaving your skin without a firm foundation. Often, deep folds form, cheeks begin to appear hollow, and lips start to flatten. Juvederm and Restylane, popular dermal fillers made with hyaluronic acid, can combat these problems.
- Poly-L-lactic acid filler. This filler is used in the midface and under-eye areas. Sculptra, an example of this type of filler, stimulates your body to make new collagen. Most patients notice excellent results within a few months.
- Calcium microsphere filler. This filler is typically used in the nasolabial folds, but not in the lips. Radiesse, a dermal filler made from calcium hydroxylapatite, is the only filler that is FDA-approved for use in the hands. After being injected, Radiesse works instantly.
Dermal Fillers: Side Effects
Most patients respond well to dermal fillers and do not experience allergic reactions, since fillers’ primary ingredients naturally exist in the body. Side effects are typically minimal. You may experience minor bleeding in the pin-prick-sized injection sites that lasts for a few minutes. Minor swelling, especially during the first couple of days, is also possible. As you heal, you may develop tiny bruises in the injection sites, but makeup can easily conceal them.
Who would benefit from fillers?
Do you want a youthful appearance, full lips or defined cheekbones – but without expensive surgery and a long recovery period? If so, you may be a good candidate for dermal fillers.
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Amy Watson at Pensacola Dermatology to see if fillers are the right option for you.