What are dermal fillers?
Fillers vs. Botox
Both dermal fillers and Botox injections are popular choices for reducing the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and other signs of aging. However, there are some differences in the treatments.
Dermal fillers are made from materials such as hyaluronic acid, which helps to plump up the skin and smooth out wrinkles. On the other hand, Botox works by temporarily paralyzing the facial muscles that cause wrinkles. As a result, Botox can be more effective for reducing deeper wrinkles, while dermal fillers are better suited for more superficial lines.
Ultimately, the best choice for you will depend on your individual needs and goals.
What Dermal Fillers Do
Dermal fillers can address a wide array of issues. Here are some common problems they can help to address:
- Smooth smile lines around the mouth
- Even out forehead lines and frown lines
- Reduce the appearance of crow’s feet around the eyes
- Restore volume to sunken cheeks
- Plump up the lips using lip fillers
- Smooth out a chin crease
- Improve symmetry among facial features
- Smooth folds in the neck
Who is a candidate for dermal fillers?
Generally speaking, dermal fillers are considered safe for most people. However, some patients should avoid them, such as pregnant or breastfeeding women, those who have a history of allergies, and those who have a bleeding disorder.
It’s also essential to avoid getting dermal filler injections simultaneously with laser treatments, such as laser hair removal. Instead, we recommend waiting about two weeks between facial fillers and laser treatments.
How long do results last?
Most patients can expect to enjoy their younger look for 6 to 12 months before needing another treatment. However, individual results may vary, so some patients may require treatment more frequently, while others enjoy longer results.
While dermal fillers are generally safe, there are a few potential side effects that you should consider. The most common side effect is bruising, which usually disappears within a week or two. Other possible side effects include swelling, redness, and pain at the injection site.