Botox is a type of therapeutic protein used to combat wrinkles and fine lines and improve the appearance of the cheek, jawline, chin, nasolabial folds, lips, and hands. Botox injections, administered by our experts, relax the dynamic muscles that produce wrinkles and create a youthful, energetic, and pleasant expression.
When you are looking for safe, non-invasive options to restore lost volume on your facial contours and address fine lines and wrinkles, dermal fillers are an effective solution.
What are dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers contain gel-like substances and are injected into the skin to reduce visible signs of aging such as creases, nasolabial folds, crow’s feet, jowls and smooth lines. As a popular treatment for facial rejuvenation, dermal fillers are a cost-effective way to achieve a younger, refreshed appearance without the hassles of a surgery.
What areas can dermal fillers treat?
While dermal fillers have come to be known also as “wrinkle fillers,” they not only smooth out wrinkles, but help address:
- Smooth out smile lines, marionette lines (lines that run from corner of the mouth to the jaw or chin) and parentheses around mouth and nose
- Enhance sunken temples and cheeks
- Plump thin lips
- Smooth out creases on the chin
- Improve facial features symmetry
- Improve appearance of scars
- Address tear troughs
- Smooth out wrinkles and fine lines on hands
What do dermal fillers contain?
There are different types of dermal fillers that are approved by the FDA for cosmetic treatment and contain either one of the following ingredients:
- Hyaluronic acid: This is a substance that naturally occurs in the human body and skin. Its capacity to retain a large volume of water is the key feature that promotes its use as a dermal filler. With age or excess sun exposure, there is less of hyaluronic acid produced in the body with resulting dryness, wrinkles and sagging. Hyaluronic acid based dermal fillers replenish this hydrating element in the skin to restore volume and eliminate wrinkles.
FDA approved hyaluronic acid-based fillers include:
- Juvéderm products include: Volbella, Juvéderm XC, Vollure, Voluma
- Restylane family of dermal fillers: Restylane, Restylane Lyft, Restylane Silk, Restylane Defyne and Restylane Refyne.
- Belotero Balance
- Calcium hydroxyl apatite – These dermal fillers use a microsphere of calcium hydroxyl apatite, a naturally occurring substance in bones, suspended in a gel. This substance stimulates production of natural collagen, which is a type of protein that provides structural support to the skin and maintains texture and elasticity. Radiesse is one of the dermal fillers that contains calcium hydroxyl apatite.
- Poly-L-lactic acid – This is a synthetic, biocompatible and biodegradable substance and are “collagen stimulators.” Poly-L-lactic acid based dermal fillers. Sculptra® Aesthetic is the FDA approved poly-L-lactic acid based dermal filler.
- Polymethylmethacrylate: Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) is a biocompatible, synthetic substance that is in the form of “microspheres” in dermal fillers. When injected into the skin, these microspheres remain for a long time to provide structural support to the skin. These fillers also contain collagen that further enhances texture and tone of the skin. A popular FDA approved PMMA based filler is Bellafill®.
The procedure and expected results
Dermal fillers have received FDA approval and are very safe. When administered by expert practitioners, side effects or discomfort are minimal.
Dermal filler treatments are done at our treatment center after a thorough initial evaluation and take anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes. Results are typically visible instantly after the procedure.