Dermal Fillers

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What are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers offer a gentle and safe anti-aging treatment for long lasting skin renewal. They are used for facial aesthetic treatments and are injected into the skin. They are designed to effectively reduce the appearance of unwanted wrinkles, fill in facial lines, contour and create volume, and to revitalize the skin.* They can be used in conjunction with other aesthetic treatments. Dermal fillers are based on stabilized Hyaluronic acid (HA), which is a substance that naturally exists in the skin that helps to add volume and hydration. As the levels of hyaluronic acid diminish with age, moisture is lost in our skin. By boosting the skin’s supply of hyaluronic acid, these dermal fillers revitalize the skin, instantly diminishing the appearance of lines and wrinkles. As each product has different benefits and effects, our Medical Providers will decide which one is right for you based upon your individual cosmetic needs. There are numerous Dermal Fillers available including Restylane®, Juvederm®, Perlane®, Radiesse®, Belotero Balance® and more. The beauty of dermal fillers is that you can be given as much or as little as you need to achieve a natural, fresh and more youthful appearance. 

 

What is hyaluronic acid?

Hyaluronic acid is a sugar molecule that exists naturally in almost all living organisms. It is a natural substance found in your body. It binds water and can act as a lubricant and shock absorber in movable parts of the body such as joints. It is also important for the transport of nutrients and in regulating water balance in skin. Hyaluronic acid is not derived from animal sources. 

 

Why should I use dermal fillers?

Wrinkles are a part of the natural aging process but sometimes they make us look older than we actually are. Within the last few years people are starting to live healthier lifestyles to live longer lives but sometimes diet and exercise are not enough to keep our skin from showing our age. The aging process causes the face and hands to lose underlying fat and collagen, which then causes our skin to sag and results in unwanted wrinkles.

Injectable wrinkle fillers and dermal fillers have become more popular with the instant effect they have addressing skin sagging and wrinkle problems that result from aging, sun damage, skin trauma, scarring, or disease. The injectable wrinkle and dermal fillers are most commonly used to treat facial lines and wrinkles, hollow cheeks and eyes, receding chins, thinning lips, and wrinkles between the eyes.

 

How do dermal fillers work?

By boosting the skin’s supply of hyaluronic acid, dermal fillers revitalize and add volume to the skin, instantly diminishing the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and giving a natural softer look. Dermal fillers are a soft injectable gel consisting of stabilized, non-animal hyaluronic acid. The gel is tissue-friendly and closely resembles the hyaluronic acid that exists naturally in the body. It is long lasting but not permanent.

 

What are the benefits of dermal filler?

Dermal filler injections provide an easy way to smooth the skin and give a more youthful appearance. The result of a single treatment can be seen instantly and can last for 3 to 12 months depending on which dermal filler is used and in which location it is injected. Dermal filler injections can give a natural looking result that does not affect facial expression. As your face changes over time, dermal fillers allow you to control your looks subtly as you age.

 

How safe is hyaluronic acid?

Hyaluronic acid is made from non-animal products and is genetically engineered to mimic the body’s own Hyaluronic Acid. It has been used for many years without any serious long-term side effects. 

 

What areas can be treated?

Dermal fillers can be used to smooth away facial lines and wrinkles, create fuller lips and shape facial contours, such as cheeks and chin, and revitalize the skin. They can be used to correct problem areas such as laugh lines, smile lines, smoker’s lines, and marionette lines.

 

The most common areas treated are:

▪ Nose to mouth lines (the nasolabial folds)

▪ Between the eyebrows (the glabella lines)

▪ Lips (adding volume and shape)

▪ Cheeks

 

 

 

What does dermal filler treatment involve?

Before

During the initial consultation or your first appointment with Platinum Aesthetics Mobile MedSpa, our Medical Providers will discuss your treatment expectations. After discussion of what you wish to achieve and assessment of your treatment needs, they will recommend which dermal filler treatment is most suitable to achieve your overall appearance goals.

During

Dermal filler is injected into the skin in small amounts using a very fine needle. The gel provides natural volume to smooth away the appearance of lines and wrinkles, enhance facial shape, or create fuller lips. Dermal filler products improve the elasticity and texture of skin, restoring and maintaining the skins hydro balance.

The treatment is quick, typically taking about 15-30 minutes, depending on the number of injection sites and injectables used. Treatment with dermal fillers does not affect facial expression and the benefits can normally be seen instantly.

After

Dermal filler products are biodegradable, which means they will naturally disappear in the body. To ensure an optimal and long lasting result, a touch-up treatment is recommended 6-12 months after your initial Dermal Filler treatment. Discuss with our practitioner when a follow-up appointment may be appropriate.

After a treatment some reactions may occur, these include; slight redness, swelling, itching, bruising, pain and tenderness. The reactions are generally mild to moderate and usually disappear shortly after injection. They typically resolve spontaneously within one or two days, but for some treatments they may last longer. 

 

How long does a dermal filler treatment last?

One of the great advantages of dermal filler treatment is that the effects are long lasting but not permanent. Duration depends on many factors, such as the individual’s skin type, skin condition lifestyle and age. After the initial treatment, follow-up sessions are normally recommended around every 6 to 12 months depending on the individual and the treatment.

 

 

 

Can everybody use dermal fillers?

Most people can benefit from dermal filler treatment. If you wish to;

▪ reduce lines and wrinkles

▪ create more defined or fuller lips,

▪ define the contours of your face, such as chin or cheek,

▪ boost your skin’s vitality, for a healthier more hydrated skin tone

(e.g. face, hands, neck or décolletage)

Dermal fillers should not be used in or near areas where there is or has been skin disease, inflammation or skin related problems. Dermal fillers have not been tested in pregnant or breast-feeding women, individuals with medical conditions that lower the body’s immune response or individuals undergoing therapy that is immunosuppressive may be more prone to infection by a skin injection procedure.

 

Are dermal fillers just for women?

No, they are also popular amongst men. 

 

Can dermal fillers be used with other treatments?

Yes, sometimes the best effect is created when they are used with Botox®/Dysport®. 

 

Are there any risks with dermal fillers?

More than 15 million treatments in more than 65 countries worldwide have been performed since the launch of Restylane dermal filler in 1996. Product related reactions are rare. There are some injection related reactions, which may occur after any injection; they typically resolve spontaneously a few days after injection to the skin, within a week after injection into the lips. These reactions include redness, swelling, pain, itching, bruising or tenderness at the injection site.

After lip enhancement, lips may swell for up to a week, but this typically reduces after two to three days.

 

What if I am allergic to animal products?

We only use dermal fillers that are made to be biocompatible with human skin, which lessens the chance for an allergic reaction and none of our fillers are made using animal products. 

 

What can and can’t I do after the treatment?

You can carry on with your normal daily activities as any redness can be covered with a bit of make-up. It is advisable, however, not to expose the treated area to strong sunlight for two to three days post treatment and to leave the area alone to settle for 48 hours. Please see our Dermal Filler Pre & Post Care Instructions online prior to receiving any treatment.

*All medical aesthetic procedures at Medical Spa of Midland are performed under physician supervision for the FDA-cleared purpose.  However, results obtained with this and any treatment can and do vary.