Looking for younger, rejuvenated skin? Then it’s time to add dermal fillers to your anti-aging regimen! Dermal fillers are injectables that contain a gel (usually made from hyaluronic acid) to subtly replace facial volume that has been lost as a result of aging.
Dermal fillers can last between 6 to 18 months, depending on the make and brand.
Why Use Dermal Fillers?
As we get older, facial fat begins to break down and cause a loss of facial volume. The overall effect can create a myriad of skin woes, including jowls, sagging skin, shallow contours, and increased wrinkles and fine lines. These aging effects are difficult to treat with topical solutions, as they don’t get to the heart of why it’s happening: Loss of facial fat.
Dermal fillers help address these problems by filling in shallow contours and adding youthful volume. As a secondary effect, wrinkles and fine lines are minimized, creating an overall younger-looking appearance.
How Do Dermal Fillers Work?
Most dermal fillers use a hyaluronic acid gel to add volume to key facial contours. This gel helps add structure underneath the sagging skin, which creates instant lift and volume. The hyaluronic acid gel is available in a variety of different viscosities, which are meant to address different parts of the face (e.g. cheek augmentation, lip augmentation, filling in smile lines, etc.).
In addition to adding instant volume, hyaluronic acid – a naturally occurring compound – encourages the production of collagen and elastin. This promotes long-term results that can be visible much after the immediate volumizing effects of dermal fillers have faded.
Some dermal filler brands come with lidocaine, which helps manage any discomfort associated with the injection process.
What is the Procedure Like?
The procedure is relatively straightforward. Before you undergo your treatment, your face will be cleansed and prepared with a numbing cream. The injections will be placed along key facial contours or at specific treatment sites (like smile lines or the lips). Most dermal filler procedures last for 15 to 30 minutes. Patients can expect some mild swelling and bruising at the injection site.
When Can I Expect Results?
Results depend on the specific dermal filler you’re using; however, you can generally expect to see results within two weeks of the procedure. Results can last anywhere from 6 months for lip augmentation to 18 months for general cheek augmentation.
What Dermal Fillers Are Available at the Aesthetics Center of SCS?
The Aesthetics Center of SCS is pleased to offer the following dermal fillers at our greater Atlanta metro practices:
- Juvederm Collection (Ultra & Ultra Plus, Voluma, Volbella, Vollure)
- Restylane Collection (Silk, Lyft, Refyne, Defyne)