“Aging is inevitable, looking younger is a choice.”
Dermal fillers are products that are injected into the dermis of the skin to subtly increase volume and soften folds and wrinkles of the face. The first dermal filler was approved by the FDA in 1981. There are several types & brands of fillers ie. Hyaluronic Acid (HA’s) Juvederm/Voluma, Restylane Lyft/Silk, and calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) Radiesse.
Q: How long does filler last?
A: Fillers can last from 6-18 months based on the area they are used in.A. Q: How do dermal fillers work?
A: Fillers are injected below the surface of the skin to volumize areas that have lost their natural volume due to decreased production of hyaluronic acid, college & elastin as well as loss of fat, muscle and bone. Fillers are an excellent tool to create lift in the mid face region as well as fill the valleys and plump regions around the mouth.
Q: What is the difference between tox and fillers?
A: The easiest way to visualize the difference between botox and dermal fillers is to think of mountains and valleys. Botox smooths out mountains and prevents them from being pushed together, while dermal fillers fill in valleys.
Q: Are skin tests needed before treatment?
A: No skin testing is required prior to use.
Q: What are the side effects?
A: The most commonly reported side effects are temporary injection site redness, swelling, pain/tenderness, firmness, lumps/bumps, and bruising. These symptoms usually resolve within a couple of hours to a couple of days.
Q: Can I do anything to help reduce the risk of these side effects?
A: What is recommended is taking arnica montanta 2 days before any procedure & continuing several days after if bruising does occur.
Q: What medications or supplements should I avoid before getting fillers?
A: If you are taking blood thinners or medications* that may interfere with clotting of the blood, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, aleve, or most non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, gingko, Vitamin E, St. Johns’ whort, red wine, you might be more likely to have bruising or bleeding at the injection site. Stopping these 2-7 days in advance & 1-2 days after is highly recommended.
*Note: if on coumadin, plavix or any other agent for stroke prevention it is NOT recommended to stop without your doctor’s clearance.
Q: I have a big event planned, when should I schedule a filler treatment in order to look my best for the event?
A: Although fillers offer immediate results you may experience some swelling and bruising as a result of treatments. Giving yourself 1 month prior to a large event will allow you the time necessary to heal from the procedure and adjust to your great new look! Minimum 2 weeks before a not so large event.