Everything you need to know about dermal fillers: What they are, how they work, and fillers vs. Botox

Dermal fillers of all kinds are well known for being a non-surgical alternative to procedures like facelifts and neck lifts. They aim to restore youth and volume to the face by filling wrinkles and other areas lacking volume like the lips. The ease of use and non-permanent nature make dermal fillers an easy choice for those taking their first steps into the world of aesthetics.

Information About Dermal Fillers

You have options when shopping around for dermal fillers. More and more new formulas and brands seem to emerge each day. The ingredients range from calcium hydroxylapatite to hyaluronic acid, found naturally in the human body. Which you choose depends on what type of treatment you are interested in, your injection site, and your doctor’s preferences.

Regardless of the dermal filler you choose, most have a long, clean bill of success and safety. Many were used for other medical treatments before we discovered their usage in aesthetics.

Who Are Dermal Fillers Designed For?

To put it simply – dermal fillers are designed for people seeking volume in their face. Fillers are used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fill areas of the face like the cheekbones and lips for a more dramatic or balanced look.

Dermal fillers:

  • Add volume and plump-up thin lips
  • Enhance sunken, shadowed areas of the face
  • Correct dark spots under the lower eyelid (under-eye bags)
  • Soften or correct the appearance of recessed scarring
  • Fill wrinkles like eleven lines, crow’s feet, and others

How long to see results from dermal fillers?

You will notice results immediately – in fact; some patients report feeling “over-stuffed.” Still, once the initial swelling subsides, the dermal filler will settle and look entirely natural if that is your goal. Of course, doctors have different skill levels, and you should choose an experienced provider who can create the most natural-looking, beautiful results.

How long do dermal fillers last?

Dermal fillers last from 6 months to a year or more. No matter the filler, they are temporary and will eventually need to be refreshed if you want to keep the results.

We go over different fillers available for what you need during your consultation and let you know how long they all will last.

What to expect from getting dermal fillers?

Fillers are a relatively straightforward and painless treatment that most patients schedule the same way they would a meeting in the day.

During the procedure

The area is usually numbed with a numbing cream that takes a few minutes to start working and significantly dulls the feeling while being injected, making injections feel like a slight discomfort. Some fillers don’t require numbing cream, as they have anesthetic mixed into the formula directly.

From here, injections are carefully administered into the injections sites.

How long does it last?

Most filler sessions are done in an hour or less.

Recovery from dermal fillers

There is no significant recovery process with dermal fillers. No downtime is necessary. We recommend avoiding the most strenuous activity for about 48-hours after treatment to allow for the best healing process, but you can resume your normal activities immediately.

You may notice some swelling, soreness, and bruising around the injections site, but this goes away after a few days.

Dermal Fillers vs. Botox

Many people ask about the difference between dermal fillers and botos since both seem to accomplish the same thing in many ways.

Though both are injectables and can address some of the same issues, Dermal Fillers and Botox are pretty different in how they work to accomplish their tasks.

Dermal fillers restore volume by adding a gel-like substance just under the skin’s surface, manually providing volume and smoothing out the appearance of wrinkles by “plumping up” crows feet, sunken cheeks, eye bags, and more.

On the other hand, Botox is a toxin used to numb the muscles of the face under the skin, loosening the wrinkles on the skin’s surface and somewhat restricting movement that causes wrinkles.

Both work differently and aim at many of the same goals.

Achieve your aesthetic goals

Dermal fillers are effective, safe, and minimally invasive. They restore the natural features and youthfulness of the face with relative ease.

If you are interested in dermal fillers, it’s essential to contact a clinic with board-certified doctors who can guide you safely in the best direction to meet your goals. Get in touch with us today for a consultation.

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