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Restore Facial Volume And Elevate Your Contours

Dermal fillers are injectable substances used to replenish lost volume, smooth wrinkles, and contour facial features, providing a youthful appearance. They are composed of hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxylapatite, or polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) and injected beneath the skin’s surface to restore firmness and suppleness. These fillers integrate seamlessly with your skin’s natural structures, promoting collagen production for long-lasting rejuvenation. Whether softening lines, enhancing lips, or sculpting cheeks, dermal fillers offer versatile solutions tailored to your unique aesthetic goals.

Dermal Fillers Treat:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Deep folds such as nasolabial folds and marionette lines
  • Loss of volume in cheeks or temples
  • Thin or asymmetrical lips
  • Depressions or scars, including acne scars
  • Under-eye hollows or dark circles
  • Sagging skin or facial contours due to aging
  • Facial symmetry and proportion issues

How Do Dermal Fillers Work?

Dermal fillers come in various types, including hyaluronic acid-based fillers and collagen-stimulating fillers. Hyaluronic acid fillers, like Restylane® and BELOTERO BALANCE (+)®, utilize a gel-like substance naturally found in the skin, while collagen-stimulating fillers, such as RADIESSE® and Bellafill®, prompt the body to produce more collagen for long-lasting effects. Each type of filler offers unique benefits tailored to specific aesthetic concerns.

Hyaluronic Acid Fillers

Hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers work by replenishing the skin’s natural hyaluronic acid stores, which decline with age. When injected beneath the skin’s surface, the gel-like substance attracts water molecules, instantly adding volume and smoothing out wrinkles. This process not only restores lost volume but also hydrates and plumps the skin, resulting in a more youthful appearance.

HA fillers are designed with varying particle sizes and cross-linking techniques, allowing for tailored treatments that address specific concerns, from fine lines to deep wrinkles. Although they provide instant results, the body gradually metabolizes the HA molecules over several months, making them a temporary yet effective solution for facial rejuvenation.

Collagen-Stimulating Fillers

Collagen-stimulating fillers, such as RADIESSE and Bellafill, are made of biocompatible substances like calcium hydroxylapatite and PMMA (polymethylmethacrylate), which work beneath the skin’s surface to promote collagen production. These fillers provide structural support while stimulating the body’s natural collagen production process.

As collagen levels increase, the skin becomes firmer, more elastic, and volumized, resulting in long-lasting improvements in skin texture and appearance. Unlike HA fillers, collagen-stimulating fillers produce gradual results over time as the body produces new collagen fibers. However, the results last several years because the collagen fibers don’t break down quickly.

Benefits Of Dermal Fillers:

  • No need for invasive procedures or lengthy downtime
  • Immediate improvement in appearance after treatment
  • Tailored to individual needs and aesthetic goals
  • Topical anesthetics or numbing agents are often used for comfort
  • Results can last from several months to over a year, depending on the filler type
  • Treats various concerns, including wrinkles, volume loss, and contouring
  • Enhances features while maintaining facial expressions
  • Filler gradually dissipates, avoiding sudden changes in appearance
  • Some fillers can be dissolved if desired results are not achieved or change is desired

Dermal Fillers Include:

Restylane

Restylane is a hyaluronic acid filler known for its versatility in treating moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. It works by replenishing lost hyaluronic acid, providing immediate volume and hydration to the skin. Restylane can also enhance lip volume and contour and fill in hollow areas of the face. Its smooth gel consistency ensures natural-looking results. With various formulations, Restylane offers personalized solutions for different facial areas.

BELOTERO BALANCE (+)

BELOTERO BALANCE (+) is another hyaluronic acid filler designed to seamlessly integrate into the skin for smooth and natural-looking results. It is particularly effective in treating fine lines and wrinkles around delicate areas such as the lips and under-eye area. The unique formulation of BELOTERO BALANCE (+) allows for precise injection and blending with surrounding tissue, ensuring even correction of fine lines and subtle enhancements without overfilling.

RADIESSE

RADIESSE is a calcium hydroxylapatite filler that stimulates collagen production while providing immediate volume correction. It is ideal for treating deeper wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds, as well as restoring lost volume in the cheeks and temples. RADIESSE’s unique mechanism of action promotes natural collagen synthesis, leading to long-lasting results and continued improvement in skin texture and elasticity over time.

Bellafill

Bellafill stands out as a long-lasting dermal filler composed of PMMA microspheres suspended in a collagen gel. It offers durable correction for smile lines and acne scars, with results lasting up to five years or more. Bellafill provides immediate volume and stimulates collagen production, further enhancing skin texture and firmness. Its longevity makes it ideal for individuals seeking a more long-lasting solution for facial rejuvenation.

Dermal Fillers FAQs

What should I expect during and after the treatment?

During the treatment, your provider will cleanse the treatment area and may apply a topical numbing cream to minimize discomfort. The filler is then injected using a fine needle or cannula. You may experience mild swelling, bruising, or redness after the procedure, but these side effects usually subside within a few days. Avoid strenuous exercise, alcohol consumption, and excessive sun exposure for 24 to 48 hours post-treatment to promote optimal healing.

What is the difference between dermal fillers and Botox?

Dermal fillers and Botox are both popular cosmetic treatments, but they work differently to address signs of aging. Dermal fillers add volume to the skin to correct fine lines and wrinkles caused by the loss of hyaluronic acid, collagen, and elastin, while Botox relaxes muscles to reduce the appearance of dynamic wrinkles, such as crow’s feet and frown lines. Depending on your specific concerns, your provider may recommend one or both treatments.

Are dermal fillers painful?

Discomfort during dermal filler injections is usually minimal and well-tolerated by most patients. Topical numbing creams can be applied before the procedure to minimize discomfort. Additionally, many fillers contain lidocaine, a numbing agent, to further enhance comfort.

Can dermal fillers be reversed or removed if I'm unhappy with the results?

Some hyaluronic acid fillers, such as those in the Restylane family, can be partially or completely reversed using an enzyme called hyaluronidase. This enzyme breaks down hyaluronic acid, allowing the body to dissolve and absorb the filler. However, collagen-stimulating fillers like calcium hydroxylapatite and PMMA are not reversible.

How long do dermal fillers last?

The duration of dermal fillers depends on the type used, the area treated, and individual factors such as metabolism and lifestyle. Hyaluronic acid fillers typically last 6 to 18 months, while collagen-stimulating fillers like RADIESSE and Bellafill can last several years. Regular maintenance treatments may be necessary to sustain optimal results.

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Advanced Dermatology & Skin Cancer Associates is the premier dermatology and skin care clinic in the Mid-South, dedicated to providing personalized and compassionate care. Our team actively listens to the concerns of each patient we are privileged to serve, ensuring their needs are met with expertise and understanding. If you’re considering dermal fillers to rejuvenate your appearance and address signs of aging, we invite you to schedule a consultation with us.

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