A dermal filler is a type of facial filler, which may be used as part of a cosmetic procedure to restore a more youthful and vibrant appearance to the face.
Fillers reduce the appearance of crow's feet, laugh lines, and other skin deformities which develop with age, as subcutaneous fat deposits beneath the skin naturally diminish.
This non-invasive, non-surgical cosmetic procedure help tone the face and improve overall appearance providing higher levels of confidence and comfort.
Dermal fillers can combat the early signs of aging, providing long-lasting benefits toward the aforementioned aesthetic concerns, as well as improving other areas of decreased skin elasticity resulting from strained facial muscles. Under the guidance of Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Hal Weitzbuch, our team of expert injectors can also provide this treatment as part of an overall skin rejuvenation package
Dermal fillers may be temporary, semi-permanent, or permanent. Fillers can be composed of hyaluronic acid or synthetic materials. They are often administered as part of a regimen including botox injections and laser treatment, for overall skin rejuvenation and an improved appearance. Duration is only one of the classifications, however, as there are multiple types of filler based upon composition and accompanying treatments.
Calabasas Dermatology Center will review all of your available options depending on your targeted areas and goals. Softer fillers will be used in places like the lips, while firmer fillers will be used for areas like the cheekbones. Botox is not a facial filler but can be used simultaneous to certain facial fillers to complement the effects and maximize the results, primarily on the forehead and around the nose and mouth.
A dermal filler will be injected into the affected area to help provide a cushion for the muscle, essentially taking the place of the underlying facial tissue that naturally reduces in size as a person ages. Before the procedure, treatment sites ideal for injection will be identified. Once that's done, the injections may proceed. Numbing of the injection sites is usually achieved through cold temperatures, but a topical anesthetic may be used for maximum patient comfort.
An ice pack is often used to help alleviate swelling. Patients usually do not require medication for any discomfort: injection sites may be tender for a day or two, but individuals are usually able to resume their regular routines almost immediately. To minimize bruising, it’s helpful to avoid aspirin for 10 days, and anti-inflammatories like Motrin, Advil, Aleve, and Ibuprofen, and fish oil for 3-4 days, if possible.
The beauty of facial fillers is there is typically no downtime and no need to take off work to recover.
At the Calabasas Dermatology Center, our team of skilled experts strive to provide our patients will outcomes that make them truly happy, and don’t make them look strange or overdone. There is a fine art to achieving this goal, and under the guidance of our award-winning board certified dermatologist, our skincare providers will help you decide what treatment option would work best for your personalized need. Schedule a consult today.
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