What Are Dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers are injectable products that boost volume below the skin. They can soften wrinkles on the face, fill out depressed scars, and restore lost volume to lips, temples, jawline, midface, and even hands. Most dermal fillers are composed of hyaluronic acid, which is a natural sugar that occurs in the body, but varying formulas are available.
What Types of Dermal Fillers Are There?
Some common types of dermal fillers include:
How Do Dermal Fillers Work?
As you age, the fat within the face naturally shifts and diminishes, resulting in a hollow appearance in areas like the cheeks and under the eyes. Dermal fillers can be injected in these facial areas to restore this volume. They can also be used to fill in fine lines and wrinkles and depressed scars. Dermal fillers can be injected to enhance, define, or augment facial contours such as the lips and jawline.
What Can Fillers Treat?
Dermal fillers can be used for:
- Acne scars
- Depressed scars on face
- Under eye hollows
- Thin lips
- Hollow temples and cheeks
- Undefined or sagging jawline
- Smile lines and other wrinkles on the face
- Volume loss on hands
Are Dermal Fillers Right for Me?
If you are interested in filler, schedule a consultation with a board-certified dermatologist at Arlington Dermatology. The dermatologist will examine your skin and evaluate your health to determine if dermal filler is appropriate for you and recommend the product that is best suited to your needs. A dermal filler may be combined with other treatments such as neuromodulators (Botox), IPL, and chemical peels to achieve your treatment goals.
What Should I Expect with Dermal Filler Injections?
Filler treatments do not need to be painful. Before injecting your fillers, your dermatologist will thoroughly cleanse the treatment area and apply a topical numbing agent to ensure your comfort through the procedure. Injections can then be made using fine needles. Many fillers are also formulated with a numbing agent called lidocaine which also eases injection discomfort. The procedure is typically completed very quickly in as little as 15-30 minutes.
What Should I Expect After Dermal Filler Injections?
After receiving filler injections, you can expect some redness, swelling, and sometimes bruising around the injection site.. Results from most types of dermal fillers are immediately noticeable, although you may see a small amount of swelling. Fillers typically last between six months and two years, depending on the product. Effects of hyaluronic acid fillers can be easily reversed with an injection of an enzyme hyaluronidase. Your dermatologist will help determine a treatment plan that is best suited to you, including maintenance injections to keep up your results.
Schedule a Consultation
If you want to restore lost volume, soften wrinkles, or enhance your look, dermal fillers may be your best option. Our board-certified dermatologists will help you choose the best product for your concerns and develop a personalized treatment plan that works.
To schedule a consultation at Arlington Dermatology, please call our office or request an appointment online.