What are dermal fillers? Dermal fillers are injectable substances, often made of hyaluronic acid, that are used to add volume to areas of the face, soften wrinkles, and enhance facial contours.
What concerns can dermal fillers address? Dermal fillers can be used to treat various concerns, including adding volume to lips and cheeks, reducing lines and wrinkles, improving under-eye hollows, and smoothing out facial creases.
How long do dermal filler results last? The longevity of dermal filler results varies depending on the type of filler used and the treated area. On average, results can last anywhere from 6 to 18 months.
Is the dermal filler injection painful? Most dermal fillers contain a local anesthetic or are combined with anesthetic agents, minimizing discomfort during the procedure. Some patients may still feel slight discomfort or a pinching sensation during the injection.
Is there any downtime after dermal filler injections? Downtime is usually minimal. Some swelling, redness, and bruising at the injection sites are common, but these effects typically resolve within a few days.
How many syringes of filler will I need? The number of syringes required depends on your goals, the treated areas, and the degree of correction desired. Your provider will recommend a personalized treatment plan during your consultation.
Are there any side effects or risks associated with dermal fillers? Common side effects include temporary swelling, bruising, redness, and mild discomfort. Serious complications are rare when the procedure is performed by a trained and experienced professional.
Can dermal fillers be dissolved if I don’t like the results? Yes, hyaluronic acid fillers can be dissolved using an enzyme called hyaluronidase if you’re unhappy with the results or experience complications.
How soon will I see results after dermal filler injections? Results are usually visible immediately after the treatment, but minor swelling may affect the initial appearance. As swelling subsides, you’ll see the final results within a few days.
Are dermal fillers permanent? Dermal fillers are not permanent; they are gradually metabolized by the body over time. Regular maintenance treatments are often recommended to maintain the desired results.
Can I combine dermal fillers with other treatments? Yes, dermal fillers can be combined with other cosmetic treatments like Botox or laser therapy for a more comprehensive facial rejuvenation.
Is there anything I should do before and after the procedure? Before the procedure, avoid blood-thinning medications and alcohol. After the procedure, avoid strenuous exercise, alcohol consumption, and exposure to extreme temperatures for a day or two.