Injectable dermal fillers are a popular option for those wanting to reduce visible signs of aging in the face. As we age, our faces naturally lose fat, and facial skin loses its firmness. This leads to sagging skin, loss of volume in the face, and fine lines and wrinkles. Dermal fillers can be injected into the skin to restore volume and diminish wrinkles. If you’ve started to notice signs of aging in your skin, dermal fillers can help restore a more youthful appearance. The following frequently asked questions about dermal fillers will help you gain a better understanding of how they work and whether they may be right for you.
What can dermal fillers do?
Dermal fillers can be used to address a variety of concerns related to signs of aging in the face:
- Restore youthful fullness to the cheeks
- Smooth nasolabial lines (the creases that run from the nose to the corners of the mouth, also known as laugh lines)
- Plump up thin lips and smooth lines around the edges of the lips
- Add volume to under-eye hollows
- Improve the appearance of indented scars
How do dermal fillers work?
Dermal fillers are substances that are injected directly into the skin at the site of the wrinkle, depression, or fold, in order to add volume to the area. Depending on the type of filler used, results can last anywhere from a few months to two years. Most dermal fillers are not considered permanent, but some people do experience results that last five years or more.
Are dermal fillers the same thing as Botox?
Dermal fillers and Botox are not the same thing. Dermal fillers provide volume to the area in which they are injected. Botox is used to treat lines and wrinkles by inhibiting muscle movement that contributes to creases in the face. Botox does not add volume or restore facial fullness. Because they work in different ways, Botox and dermal fillers can be used together to create a more youthful appearance.
What are dermal fillers made of?
Dermal fillers are available in two varieties: natural and synthetic. Naturally derived fillers, such as hyaluronic acid, provide immediate results but eventually break down and are absorbed by the body. Results from natural fillers typically last anywhere from three to 18 months. If you want to maintain results, you will need to have the injections repeated after this time. Natural fillers also present less risk of causing an allergic reaction.
Risks involved with natural fillers include lumping and migrating to another part of the face, although these are rare. Because the fillers eventually break down, any unwanted results are also temporary.
Synthetic fillers don’t break down the way naturally derived fillers do, and although they are considered semi-permanent, the results are often long-lasting. Your appearance can still change, however, as your skin continues to age or experiences damage from the sun or other external factors.
Risks of synthetic fillers are much the same as natural fillers, but problems can be harder to correct because the substances do not dissipate.
Are there any other risks associated with dermal fillers?
Aside from allergic reactions, lumping, and migration, risks associated with dermal fillers are low. Obtaining optimal results, however, requires experience and a knowledge of how the different substances affect the skin. Always go to a trained medical professional for dermal fillers. Experience with more than one type of filler and with using fillers on different parts of the face is preferable, as most people have more than one area of concern when they are considering dermal fillers.
What is the difference between different types of dermal fillers?
Although dermal fillers all work in the same way, different brands are formulated with different active ingredients and are designed to be used in different parts of the face. Juvederm and Juvederm Voluma, for example, are both formulated with hyaluronic acid, but Juvederm is designed to smooth lines in the lower face, while Juvederm Voluma is intended to add volume to the cheeks.
There is no one “best” dermal filler. Your medical practitioner may have a preferred filler based on their technique and experience. The right filler for you also depends on your personal needs and risk tolerance.
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