What is Dermal Filler?
Deep wrinkles and lines that are visible even at rest are best treated by "filling them in" with a facial filler such as Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Voluma, or Juvederm Volbella. Each formula varies in density to cater to specific areas of the face, providing a very natural and targeted result.
Dermal fillers are fillers that are made of hyaluronic acid (HA), which is a naturally-occurring sugar molecule found in our bodies made to retain moisture. Since our bodies become naturally less capable of producing HA over time, a hyaluronic-based filler allows for temporary filling to restore a youthful appearance and face structure.
Where Can It Be Used?
Fillers are especially useful for filling in and plumping up areas of the face that have lost volume over the years, but also for areas where we feel we may be lacking or desiring volume that was not there to begin with. The most common areas we inject fillers are the cheeks, smile lines (nasolabial folds and marionette lines---corners of the nose to the chin), pucker lines/vertical lines above the top lip, or in the lips.
What Can I Expect?
Filler will define, accentuate, soften, plump, and hydrate areas in need. Fillers can be extremely subtle or more noticeable, as each patient's goals are different, and each face shape is entirely unique. We will always consult on your desired results prior to injecting to determine the exact placement and how much product will be necessary, customizing to each individual. Patients can expect to use anywhere between 1-6 syringes per area depending on age, severity of the concerns, and desired outcome. For perspective, one syringe of filler is only 1/5 of a teaspoon, relative to the size of a blueberry. So if you hear that multiple syringes are necessary, do not fear, as this is still quite minimal in terms of the expected changes!
Filler injections can feel a little discomforting, so we start with a topical numbing prior to injections. Some swelling and minimal bruising can occur and is most common. This can last a few days up to 2 full weeks, but is usually coverable with makeup or will subside quickly with proper before and after care. Depending on the type of formula used, patients can expect up to 12-24 months of lasting results, but it can be built upon at any time.