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What Are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are injectable substances that are used to add volume and fullness to the skin, and to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. They are typically made from hyaluronic acid, a natural substance that is found in the body, and are injected into the dermis, the layer of skin beneath the epidermis. You will notice the results immediately!


What are Dermal Fillers?


Dermal Fillers are used most often to enhance facial features such as the lips, cheeks, and jawline. Additionally, dermal fillers can be used to improve the appearance of acne scars and other types of scars.

Dermal fillers can be used to:

  • Plump up thin lips

  • Enhance shallow contours

  • Soften facial creases and wrinkles

  • Improve the appearance of recessed scars

  • Restore volume loss in the cheeks, temples, and jawline

  • Balance asymmetrical facial features


Hyaluronic acid-based fillers can also be used to hydrate the skin, improve skin elasticity, and enhance skin radiance.

How do dermal fillers work?

The main active ingredient in most dermal fillers is hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring substance found in the body that helps to keep the skin hydrated and plump. When injected into the skin, hyaluronic acid-based fillers attract and bind water molecules to the skin, thus helping to plump up wrinkles and fine lines, and create a smooth and youthful appearance.

How long does it last?

The effects of dermal fillers can be seen immediately, and the results can last from several months to a couple of years, depending on the type of filler used and the area treated. Repeat treatments may be needed to maintain the desired results.

Does it hurt?

Dermal fillers are injected into the skin using a fine needle or cannula. The procedure is typically done in the office of a healthcare professional, and usually takes about 30 minutes to complete. There may be some mild discomfort or swelling at the injection site, but these side effects usually resolve within a few days.

How should I prepare?

Here are a few things you should consider when preparing for dermal filler treatment:

  • Consultation: Before undergoing treatment, it's important to schedule a consultation with our office. We are trained and experienced in administering dermal fillers. During the consultation, she will assess your individual needs and goals, and will provide you with information about the risks, benefits, and expected outcomes of the treatment.

  • Medications: It's important to inform us of any medications you are currently taking, including herbal supplements and over-the-counter medications. Some medications, such as blood thinners, can increase the risk of bleeding and bruising at the injection site, so she may advise you to stop taking them before the treatment.

  • Allergies: If you have a history of allergies or allergic reactions, it's important to let us know. Hyaluronic acid-based fillers have a low incidence of allergic reactions, but you'll still need to inform us of any allergies you have.

  • Skin care: Depending on your treatment recommendation, we may advise you to avoid certain skin care products and treatments, such as Retinoids, vitamin C, or exfoliating scrubs, for a few days before the treatment, as they can increase the risk of irritation or inflammation at the injection site.

  • Avoid alcohol: It's recommended to avoid alcohol for 24 hours before the treatment as it can cause increased bleeding and swelling.


Are there side effects?

Dermal fillers are generally considered safe, but like any medical procedure, there are potential risks and side effects associated with the treatment.

Side effects of dermal fillers may include:

  • Bruising: Bruising at the injection site is a common side effect of dermal fillers. The bruising usually resolves within a few days.

  • Swelling: Swelling is another common side effect of dermal fillers. The swelling usually subsides within a few days.

  • Redness: Redness may occur at the injection site, but this usually subsides within a few hours.

  • Pain or discomfort: There may be some mild pain or discomfort at the injection site, but this can usually be controlled with over-the-counter pain medication.

  • Infection: Although rare, infection is a potential complication of dermal filler treatment. If you develop signs of infection, such as fever, redness, or warmth at the injection site, contact us immediately.

  • Allergic reactions: Although rare, allergic reactions can occur. If you develop signs of an allergic reaction, such as hives, rash, or difficulty breathing, seek medical attention immediately.


It's important to keep in mind that the side effects of dermal fillers are usually temporary and can be managed with over-the-counter medication, but if any of these side effects persist or worsen, you should contact us for further advice.

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