What is Dermal Filler?
Dermal fillers are used to enhance and improve ones’ face to the desired outcome and minimize the signs of aging. Dermal fillers act to contour and shape the face, restore volume that has been lost, and give you the symmetry you’ve always wanted.
What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is a naturally occurring substance found in the skin that helps to retain moisture and give the skin a smooth, hydrated appearance, while adding volume. As we age, the amount of naturally occurring HA found within the body lessens. This reduced the body’s ability to retain moisture and leads to fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin.
As we age, the amount of HA within the skin decreases causing the skin to lose volume and develop fine lines and wrinkles. By injecting HA dermal fillers into the skin, you can restore volume loss for a more youthful appearance. Most dermal fillers are hyaluronic acid-based, soft injectable gels that are used to replenish and refresh your appearance.
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring sugar found in your body, which combines with the water in your skin to instantly restore lost volume and reduce lines and wrinkles. It is non-animal based, highly biocompatible, is absorbed slowly by the body and has been shown to stimulate natural collagen production. Best of all, the results are instant and natural-looking.
Discontinue use of the following 3-5 days prior to treatment:
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Aleve)
- John wart
- Omega 3 fatty acid (fish oil)
- Vitamin E
- Ginkgo Biloba
- Green Tea
If you are using prescription aspirin or blood thinners, do not discontinue use unless permitted by your physician.
If you have a history of cold sores, consult your physician regarding pre-care instruction.
- Swelling, redness and bruising can occur
- Herbal supplements, such as Arnica may used to decrease bruising and swelling.
- Do not touch or rub or manipulate areas of injection unless instructed by your physician
- Avoid extreme het (sun exposure, sauna, tanningbeds)for 2-3 days
- Avoid strenuous activity for 2-3 days.
- Avoid application of make-up for at least 24 hrs
- Discontinue use of retinol products for 2-3 days
Contact your physician immediately if you experience increased pain or swelling after your treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Dermal fillers are substance/gels injected beneath the skin’s surface to smooth wrinkles and add volume and contour. The products are composed of stabilized hyaluronic acid (HA) which occurs naturally in the cells of the skin, drawing in water to reduce the wrinkled area.
Yes. Dermal fillers are very safe and have been used for over a decade. We use only products with proven safety record. Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a substance which occurs naturally in the cells of the skin, thus there is no risk of allergic reactions.
Dermal fillers target areas of the face which lose volume and contour as we age (i.e. cheeks, lips, chin and nose). Dermal fillers may be used to replace this volume loss and restore the structural support, giving the patient a more youthful appearance.
It is simple and straightforward, involving a few tiny injections directly into the skin, and takes between 15–30 minutes. Result can be seen immediately. Optimal results can be maintained over a long period of time through regular repeated treatments.
It can be painful if the procedure is carried out by an injector who is not properly trained. Typically, dermal filler procedures require no anesthetic as the dermal filler contains local anesthetic. The procedure will vary from person to person depending on your requirements and the severity of the wrinkles being treated.
Results are seen instantly after the treatment, although this gradually improves over the course of the following 2–4 weeks. Results can last between 9–18 months although optimal results can be maintained over a long period of time through regular repeated treatments.
Advanced injection techniques paired with the use of blunt needles means that significant side effects are extremely uncommon. These precautions mean less trauma to the skin and less chance of bruising.
After your treatment we will walk you through any after care advice in order to maximize your treatment benefits and avoid any undesirable side effects. You can resume normal activities, drive yourself home or return to work immediately after the treatment.
Cost depends on the type of dermal filler, the amount of dermal filler required and the areas of the face you wish to be treated (e.g. undereye hollow and cheeks). Contact us for more pricing information.
Our Team of highly trained technicians and doctors are available to provide services tailored to your needs.