What are Dermal Fillers? 

Dermal fillers are some of the most popular aesthetic treatments for restoring volume and smoothing out lines caused by aging.  As we age, our bodies produce less collagen and elastin and we lose volume in areas such as our face and lips.  These products are composed of Hyaluronic acid (HA) which occurs naturally in the cells of the skin.    

Who is it for?  

Dermal fillers are for patients experiencing volume loss. They help fill in facial wrinkles, provide facial volume, and augment or enhance facial features.   

How long does the treatment take?   

Treatment time is dependent on how many areas are being treated and the time it takes to assess and plan out the best treatment for the patient. Some areas receive topical or injectable numbing medications. 

What results can be expected and how long do the results last?   

Results can be seen instantly after treatment, although this gradually improves as the fillers integrate with the tissue over the next two weeks.  Results can last between 6-24 months depending on the type of filler used. Optimal results can be maintained through repeated treatments.  Results may vary depending on the severity of the area being treated.  

What to expect following my treatment?    

Some patients experience mild swelling and mild bruising that can sometimes last up to a week.  While we always do our best to avoid bruising, the face is extremely vascular and sometimes bruising can’t be avoided.  You will be sent home with an ice pack to help with the swelling and we will give you some of our own recommendations to help with any swelling or bruising you may have.  

What results can be expected and how long do the results last?   

Results can be seen instantly after treatment, although this gradually improves as the fillers integrate with the tissue over the next two weeks.  Results can last between 6-24 months depending on the type of filler used. Optimal results can be maintained through repeated treatments.  Results may vary depending on the severity of the area being treated.  

What are the contraindications?   

Dermal fillers are contraindicated in women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or trying to become pregnant.  Patients with previous allergic reactions to injectable lidocaine, hyaluronic or calcium hydroxyapatite products, or history of serious allergic reactions are advised not to use fillers.  Active infection or inflammation in the treatment area would prevent treatment. Poor healing (due to diabetes or other conditions) and long-term use of prednisone or other steroid therapy are contraindications.    

What else should I know? 

We’ll advise you to stop all blood thinning medications such as Aleve, Ibuprofen, Vitamin E, fish oil and Excedrin (if approved by your medical provider) two weeks prior to treatment to decrease bruising.  Avoid alcohol three days prior. No dental visits or antibiotics two weeks before or after treatment. No flying two weeks after treatment.  

We’re here to help you look and feel amazing. We’d love to help you get started with dermal fillers! Call or message us today   

Cheers!

Alissa

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