Injectable dermal fillers can help fill in facial lines and creases, temporarily restoring a smoother, more youthful-looking appearance. When injected beneath the skin, these fillers plump creased and sunken areas of the face.
They can also add fullness to the lips, cheeks and the backs of hands. The result is instantaneous and produces a long-lasting, natural enhancement that is gentle and safe for your skin.
Dermal filler treatments are done in the office under local anesthesia. Dr. Hunsicker injects the filler of choice into the skin in tiny amounts with a very fine needle.
Common areas to be treated are:
- The nasolabial folds (between the nose and the corners of your mouth)
- Marionette lines
- Jaw line (to reduce the appearance of jowls)
- Other static wrinkles (wrinkles not caused by active muscle movement)
After treatment you can expect some swelling and tenderness that is usually handled by Tylenol, elevation, and ice packs.
Side effects usually vary by patient and most commonly include some bruising and mild swelling in the treatment area. Dermal filler treatments typically last approximately 9-18 months.
There are temporary and semi-permanent fillers. The most common temporary filler used at Revalla are hyaluronic acid products, including Juvéderm® and Juvéderm Voluma®. Another option in temporary fillers is calcium hydroxylapatite; semi-permanent fillers are made with calcium hydroxylapatite. Semi-permanent fillers are made with PMMA (polymethylmethacrylate).
Complications from fillers are uncommon. The risks include acne, asymmetry, bleeding, bruising, bumps, lumps, infection, itching, migration of filler, necrosis, redness, skin rash, sensitivity, swelling, numbness, over- or under-correction, and temporary paralysis of facial muscles.
Dermal fillers are not permanent. Even the semi-permanent variety eventually require re-treatments. The way your face continues to age and how your body absorbs fillers will determine the timing of repeat treatments.
If you decide not to re-treat, your appearance will return to its original condition. Wrinkles and scars will return, and plumped areas will lose volume.