Dermal fillers are a popular anti-aging treatment because of their range of application and ability to ‘reverse’ signs of aging such as volume loss, deep wrinkles, and sagging skin. Fillers are often used to instantly restore contours of the face and replace lost volume in facial areas such as the cheeks, eye hollows, jawline and lips. They can fill deep wrinkles, and smooth folds and grooves.
Dermal fillers are injected under the skin to naturally smooth out and/or restore facial features. Several dermal fillers such as Restylane®, Perlane® and Juvederm™ consist of hyaluronic acid, a sugar gel that naturally occurs in the skin, and helps to maintain moisture and volume. Hyaluronic acid is what makes youthful skin look so plump and healthy.
Once injected, hyaluronic acid-based fillers work with the body’s hyaluronic acid and the water in your skin to restore lost volume and fill deep wrinkles. Over time, the injected hyaluronic acid is broken down through the body’s natural process to sugars and water that are metabolized and eliminated by the body.
An initial consultation with the physician is necessary to identify treatment goals and to determine which product is appropriate. A dermal filler treatment takes 15 to 60 minutes, depending on the area(s) being treated. After your treatment, you may return immediately to your normal activities. Some patients may experience swelling and/or bruising for a few days after treatment. The duration of dermal fillers depends on several factors, including where they are placed and how much product is used. Restylane® typically last about 8-12 months. Juvederm™ can last up to one year.
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