With the passage of time the face and lips tends to lose volume, which causes the skin to look less full and less tight. Fillers are synthetic materials that are injected into the face to increase lip, cheek, or chin volume. Fillers can also be used to reduce the nasolabial fold and to fill in creases in the skin. In some cases, filler can be used to treat the hollows beneath the eyes. More and more consumers are opting for non-surgical techniques of preserving beauty as these techniques have ‘less downtime’ - without going thru the pains of healing from surgery Filler treatments are no recovery treatments that can be performed over the lunch hour. The primary fillers we offer include Juvederm and Restylane. Juvederm is a cross-linked hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the skin and it attracts water increasing the fullness or plumpness of the skin. As we age we loose hyaluronic acid from the skin resulting in loss of fullness and deflation. Injecting Juvederm can increase the fullness and inflate the skin. The fact that hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the skin accounts for the low incidence of allergic reaction to Juvederm.
Why are dermal filler injections popular?
Dermal filler injections typically cause a consistent subtle improvement in facial appearances that can be seen immediately after the injection yet with little or no recovery.
Why do dermal fillers make people look younger?
With the passage of time we loose volume in the face. Loss of volume results in deflation of the face. Our face is much like a round inflatable ball. If the ball is fully inflated there are no wrinkles on the surface. Dermal filler essentially re-inflates the face.
What areas of the face are fillers used in the most?
Dermal fillers are used most frequently in the nasolabial folds (the fold between the cheek and mouth) and the lips.
Do dermal filler injections and Botox injections do the same thing?
No. Botox reduces wrinkles caused by contraction of muscles by relaxing those muscles. It works best in the forehead, between the eyebrows, and in the area just lateral to the eyelids (crow’s feet wrinkles). Filler adds volume to the face and works best in the areas of the face that lie below the eyes.
Can one receive Botox and dermal filler injections at the same time?
Yes. Dermal filler and Botox are often used simultaneously to treat different areas of the face.
How do filler injections in the lips work?
Adding filler can give one more full lips. In middle age there are some aging changes that alter the appearance of the lips.
How do filler injections work in the lower eyelids?
Some of the aging changes in the lower eyelid are caused by separation of the cheek fat from the lower eyelid fat. This leaves a depression or valley at the intersection of the lower eyelid with the cheek. Many people refer to this as a dark circle. Adding filler to this valley or depression can cause the dark circle to resolve. Juvederm is the most commonly used filler in the lower eyelids. These injections are typically repeated about once every 1.5 years. It works better in patients of pigment and in male patients as men tend to have thicker skin in the lower eyelid. This is only a concern for the lower eyelids because this skin is so thinner than the skin on rest of the face.
Is it necessary to perform skin testing prior ?
No. Allergic reactione is so rare that skin testing is not recommended by the manufacturers
Do filler injections hurt?
Most patients report little pain. First of all the smallest needle possible is used. We offer numbing cream to reduce the sensation of the skin.
What is recovery like for filler injections?
One of the great things about filler injections is that it requires little or no recovery. Most patients treated with filler get little or no bruising. The exception to this is the lower eyelids where patients will often get some bruising.