Are you considering dermal fillers but aren't sure where to begin? More than 1 million men and women choose this popular cosmetic treatment every year to maintain a youthful appearance or undergo facial rejuvenation without surgery! Fillers (and the desire to have them) are projected to grow in popularity, so if you're ready to leap into esthetics, we want you to be well informed! Here's what you need to know about dermal fillers:
First and foremost, dermal fillers AREN'T the same treatment as Botox and Dysport. I know what you might be thinking. Don't they both make you look…younger? Yes, they do. However, there are key differences between these injectable treatments. Neuromodulators (like Botox and Dysport) act to precisely relax muscles that cause lines and wrinkles on the face. Dermal fillers work differently by adding volume under or filling in a fold, crease, and wrinkle for a smoother, fuller, refreshed, and more youthful appearance. Different types of fillers are optimized for lip enhancement, cheek and jawline rejuvenation, or chin augmentation.
Popular fillers like Juvéderm, Restylane, and Revanesse are made of hyaluronic acid, the not so secret ingredient to youthful-looking skin. Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is a naturally occurring substance in our body that helps retain moisture in the skin and keep it looking smooth and plump. Sadly, it diminishes over time, causing deepening folds, sagging cheeks, and deflating lips — leading many patients to look for answers. Dermal filler can give you back that supple, full, smooth skin by replacing the loss of hyaluronic acid, or simply adding more volume in areas lacking natural fullness.
Many first time patients come to us concerned that filler will change their overall appearance, make them look overfilled, or that their spouse will notice they have "work" done. Dermal fillers have a negative connotation because there are so many unnatural results out there. The dreaded "trout pout" and "duck lips" don't have to be your reality, and frankly, shouldn't be.
Natural. Not Overdone. These are words our patients use to describe their filler experience. Our team prides ourselves on providing the most natural-looking results that enhance your very best features. The changes we make are noticeable, but it won't have people asking, "where did you get your filler?" Remember, properly done filler is undetectable to the general public.
Plain and simple, it's your face, so it matters who does your filler! Getting cosmetic treatments isn't the same as getting your hair cut or nails done. While someone can give you funky looking bangs or choose a questionable nail polish color, undergoing an esthetic procedure by an untrained or poorly trained practitioner can cause way more trouble than it's worth. You may end up paying much more to remove the filler than you could ever save with finding the cheapest injector in town. Esthetic injection requires thorough knowledge of facial anatomy and mastery of technique that takes dedication to education and years of experience to perfect. However, esthetic injection isn't just science, it's also art, so you want to find an artist whose work you like. When selecting a practitioner, be sure to look at their credentials and where they have been trained. But, we also recommend taking a look at their before and after photos. These photos show a practitioner's skill, artistic sense, experience, and what to expect from your own procedure.
One of the most common questions patients ask before a filler appointment is, "If I try a dermal filler and don't like the result, is there anything I can do about it?" The answer is yes, HA filler is not permanent. If you aren't satisfied or happy with the final results, there's no need to worry. We have options to mitigate, soften, or erase any negative stigma that patients sometimes get with filler. Dermal fillers made from hyaluronic acid are always reversible using an enzyme called hyaluronidase. This process does involve an injection into the problem area, but the effects kick in quickly — around 24-48 hours later. Fortunately, hyaluronidase injection is rare in our office.
HA filler results typically last for at least 6 months, depending on the product and location of injection. In areas of high mobility such as the lips, filler won't last as long. At the top end of the spectrum, Juvéderm Voluma, which is a little less fluid and more gel-like, can be expected to last up to 2 years! Over time, the body naturally breaks down hyaluronic acid fillers, so plan on touch-ups once a year to maintain your desired look. On the other hand, if you were unsure about committing to such a long time with a filler, it can be comforting to know the effects will fade away without any long-term risks.
Though fillers are generally considered very safe, there are a few reasons to postpone treatment. If you're pregnant, breastfeeding, or you're battling an active infection, it's best to hold off, as any infection, especially in the facial area, could spread to the injection site. In addition, if you've scheduled your filler appointment, don't have a dental procedure for two weeks before or after (yes, this includes a cleaning). Dental work temporarily pushes bacteria into the bloodstream and has been shown that it can increase the chance of having bumps, nodules, or other inflammatory reactions in the filler.
Dermal facial fillers are quickly becoming one of the most popular cosmetic treatments, and with this popularity has come to an extensive range of options. Not only is there a wide range of products, but did you know there are at least nine common areas on your face that can be treated with dermal fillers? These popular areas are the temples, cheeks, marionette lines, jawline, under eyes, lips, smile lines, chin, and the nose. Whether you want to get that perfectly kissable pout or achieve that superman-eat-your-heart-out jawline, each product can be utilized to create a balanced, sculpted, and natural look to reach your specific esthetic goal.
It is impossible to place a single number on the cost of dermal fillers because every person's goal and how to reach that goal varies. Fillers are subject to a considerable amount of cost variation. The product used, location of the product placement, and your idea of what correction or enhancement ultimately involves all affect the cost of your dermal filler experience. However, we can tell you that dermal fillers are priced per syringe. Our most common fillers -- Restylane, Juvéderm, and Revanesse products typically cost between $650-$850 per syringe.
Don't let the fear of needles hold you back from looking and feeling your best. I know it might come as a surprise, but the pain from dermal filler injections is not a major complaint. All of our patients do very well, but if the injection pain is your primary concern, we have a few tricks up our sleeve to ensure you are as comfortable as possible during the whole procedure. Topical numbing cream can be applied before injections (longer is better). Many of the products contain lidocaine, which means you get more comfortable as the treatment progresses. We also offer Pronox (nitrous oxide or "laughing gas"), which can happily help patients deal with procedure-related pain and anxiety.
I hope this guide gave you a little peace of mind in considering trying dermal fillers. If you desire to look fresher, younger, or if you are looking for a bit of enhancement, we can get you there. Dermal fillers are an excellent option for gaining back your confidence in a safe, comfortable, and artistic 30-minute procedure! Call (916) 941-9400 if you have any additional questions or would like to book an appointment.
OCTOBER 13, 2020