Dermal Fillers: What Are They?
Increasingly, patients are choosing non-invasive cosmetic treatments over surgery. Dermal fillers are growing in popularity, as they can treat signs of aging such as wrinkles and lost volume without the long recovery periods associated with plastic surgery. In addition, dermal fillers can be used to augment the lips, nose, or earlobes.
At Laser Skin & Wellness, we offer a variety of dermal fillers including Restylane®, Versa, and Radiesse®. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about dermal fillers.
How Do Fillers Work?
Dermal fillers are typically made using hyaluronic acid. This is a substance that naturally occurs in the body and gives skin a plump appearance. Fillers are injected into the skin to increase fullness and regain a plump appearance. They can be used to build volume or to “fill in” wrinkles.
How Long Do Fillers Last?
The ingredients in dermal fillers are eventually broken down by the body, then safely and naturally flushed away. The results of filler injections are not permanent, but the duration varies between individual products. Some dermal fillers break down within six months, while others last up to two years.
Do Dermal Filler Injections Hurt?
Dermal fillers can be slightly uncomfortable, but topical anesthetic is typically applied to the treatment area to relieve pain from injections. Some brands of dermal filler products have anesthetic included in their formulas as well.
What’s the Difference Between BOTOX®/Dysport® and Dermal Filler?
BOTOX® or Dysport® and dermal fillers can be used to minimize wrinkles, but they work in different ways. BOTOX® or Dysport® temporarily paralyzes the facial muscles, so wrinkles can’t form or worsen as the patient makes facial expressions. Dermal fillers, however, plump the area they are injected into, effectively “filling in” the wrinkle. The Laser Skin & Wellness team will determine which injectable is best for you during a consultation.
Schedule a Consultation
To get started with dermal fillers, and to find out which product is right for your goals, schedule a consultation with Laser Skin & Wellness. Call our Lake Worth, Florida office at (561) 641-9490 or fill out our online form to request an appointment.