Dermal Fillers [FAQ]

Dermal Fillers are a highly popular choice among men and women seeking to stop signs of aging in their tracks! 

But what are dermal fillers, and how do they accomplish their results? 

Dr. Lopez is a skin care expert who artistically administers fillers to revive the natural beauty of patients’ features. She works closely with her patients to help them find the treatment solutions that are most appropriate for them.

Below is a list of the questions Dr. Lopez’s patients most frequently ask about fillers:  

What are fillers?

Fillers are FDA-approved anti-aging injectables. Their main ingredients are designed to stimulate natural collagen production and create long-lasting, youthful volume within the skin. 

What do fillers do to your face?

Fillers erase signs of aging and restore skin’s smooth, healthy appearance. A single, convenient injection with a filler will add volume and erase fine lines and moderate wrinkles.Volume loss is one of the most common causes of facial aging. By adding volume to the skin, fillers correct an aged, hollowed-out appearance. Fillers look and feel natural. Your appearance will be rejuvenated, but no one will be able to tell why! 

The active ingredients in fillers additionally stimulate your body’s own production of collagen. As a result, patients develop more natural skin volume. This extends and improves outcomes.

What areas can fillers treat?

Fillers can be used to add volume and treat wrinkles on the:

• Forehead
• Between the eyebrows
• Under-eyes
• Lips
• Cheeks
• Nasolabial folds that form along the nose
• Marionette lines along the lips
• Hands 

What are the types of dermal fillers? 

Dermal fillers available at Aesthetic Laser Center include Juvederm, Radiesse, Belotero Balance, Belafill, Sculptra, Restylane, Revanesse Versa. Juvederm, Restylane, and Radiesse offer different formulations to achieve the preferred results at different injection sites. This includes Juvederm Vollure and Juvederm Voluma. 

What are hyaluronic acid fillers?

Hyaluronic acid fillers include Juvederm, Restylane, Belotero Balance, and Revanesse Versa. When skin is young, it is well-supported by an infrastructure of hyaluronic acid, collagen, and elastins. As we age, our body produces less collagen and fewer HA molecules. As a result, skin loses volume and elasticity. Fillers add volumizing HA back to the skin. The HA will not only fill in skin, it also jumpstarts production of collagen. The result is naturally fuller, smoother, healthier skin

How does Sculptra work?

Sculptra adds volume and fills in wrinkles using alpha hydroxy acid. This material is 100% biocompatible: alpha hydroxy acid has been used in dissolvable sutures for over 20 years! Alpha hydroxy acid will stimulate production of new collagen in the injection site. Sculptra is often injected into the deeper dermis to help counter more advanced volume loss. Sculptra adds collagen that lasts for two years on average. 

How does Radiesse stimulate collagen?

Radiesse stimulates production of new collagen with its main ingredient calcium hydroxylapatite. This main ingredient is biocompatible and made of the same minerals as human bones. Radiesse’s microspheres achieve a smooth result and are easily accepted by the body.  

Can fillers get rid of jowls? 

Fillers can help treat mild to moderate nasolabial folds, the lines that commonly form along the nose and mouth and create a jowl-like appearance. If your jowls are a result of more pronounced skin laxity, you may benefit from a skin tightening procedure, such as Ultherapy. Dr. Lopez can assess the needs of your unique case during a convenient, private consultation at Aesthetic Laser Center.  

Can fillers get rid of acne scars?

Yes, a targeted injection with a filler can fill in the divots often left behind by acne scars. The type of filler that will best address your scar will depend on the type of scarring and your injection preferences.

Can fillers be used for under-eye bags?

A hollow under-eye appearance can make anyone look more tired and aged than they really are. Restylane and Belotero have both shown to be very effective at treating under-eye bags. 

Will fillers get rid of dark circles?

In some cases, hyaluronic acid fillers have shown to help reduce the appearance of dark under-eye circles. Whether fillers are the best solution for your case can be determined at a private consultation at Aesthetic Laser Center.

How are fillers injected?

Fillers are administered in-office at Aesthetic Laser Center. Fillers are injected using fine, medical-grade needles into the desired treatment area. Patients have the option of being kept comfortable with a topical anesthetic. The depth and location of your fillers will depend on the specific goals of your case. Treatment with dermal fillers is often completed in under 20 minutes. No downtime is required after your session! You will be able to get right back to your day if you choose. 

Dermal fillers are often injected during the same session as Botox for beautiful, full-face rejuvenation!

What is the best filler?

Today’s dermal fillers are more advanced and effective than ever. There is no one perfect filler! The type of filler that is right for you will depend on your goals, the needs of your case, and the area you will be treating.

What is the best lip filler?

The type of lip filler that is best depends on your personal preferences and the outcomes you would like to achieve. Restylane and Juvederm both deliver beautiful, soft lip augmentation outcomes. These fillers will not only add the desired amount of lip volume, they will also fill in the fine lines and wrinkles around the lips. The result is smooth, flattering skin and lips.

Can filler be removed?

Yes, if patients are unhappy with their results, all or part of the filler can be removed. Removal is usually accomplished with the assistance of hyaluronidase. 

Can fillers be permanent?

Fillers can be semi-permanent. Sculptra and Bellafil are two semi-permanent fillers offered at Aesthetic Laser Center. Results of Sculptra last two years, or more. Results of Bellafill can last up to five years! The results of fillers are easily extended for the long-term with conveniently scheduled touch-up appointments. 

How long do fillers take to settle?

Increased volume in the treated area will be apparent immediately. Fillers take full effect within one to two weeks. 

How long do fillers last for?

Fillers last from six months to two years, or more! The life of your fillers will vary based on your chosen injectable, your injection site and your body’s unique chemistry.  

Are fillers painful?

Injectable fillers are administered with fine, medical-grade needles. Patients who decide to receive their treatment without anesthetic say the treatment is tolerable and feels reminiscent of a tiny insect bite. A topical anesthetic is available to keep patients completely pain-free during their session.

Are fillers safe?

Fillers, when administered by a trained medical expert or aesthetician, are completely safe. 

Juvederm, Radiesse, Belotero Balance, Sculptra, Restylane, Revanesse Versa are FDA-approved to add volume and address wrinkles. Side effects are minor and will be discussed with you prior to your treatment session. 

What are the side effects of fillers? 

Bruising, mild redness, soreness, or small bumps at the injection site. These conditions will subside within one day of your filler placement. Patients who avoid blood-thinning medications and supplements like ibuprofen, naproxen, fish oil, vitamin E, and ginkgo biloba for two weeks prior to their treatment will help reduce the severity of any side effects. 

What to avoid after fillers?

After fillers, avoid strenuous exercise and hot water for 24-48 hours. Continue to avoid non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications and supplements for ten days. This will help your body accept the injection most effectively. 

Can I lay down after fillers?

Keep your head elevated for a few hours after your treatment. Patients are also advised to sleep with their head elevated for the first three nights after receiving fillers. 

Should you massage your lips after fillers?

Dr. Lopez will give you clear after-care instructions to follow after receiving lip fillers. In general, Dr. Lopez does not recommend massaging the lips for at least 48 hours. 

Are fillers preventative?

Yes! Due to the fact that fillers support the skin with natural volume and improve the presence of collagen, fillers help prevent the formation of new fine lines and wrinkles. 

Are fillers better than Botox?

Fillers are not better than Botox: they are simply a different form of anti-aging injectable! Fillers treat static lines and wrinkles, while Botox will treat dynamic wrinkles. Static wrinkles are the result of volume loss in the skin. Dynamic wrinkles are formed by repeated muscle use, which pulls and creases the skin until lines and wrinkles form. Botox is an FDA-approved neuromodulator which blocks the signals from the brain to the muscle responsible for a wrinkle. As a result, the wrinkle relaxes and vanishes! Results last 4-6 months. Patients often combine Botox with fillers for a quick, impressive transformation of their entire face! 

Are fillers right for me?

Fillers are an excellent option for men and women who have moderate to severe static lines and wrinkles on their face or hands. Dr. Lopez recommends that patients be over 22 years of age to receive dermal fillers. She will meet with you during a private consultation to help you determine if fillers are the best anti-aging solution for you. Fillers are a highly effective, convenient option for busy patients who would like a quick treatment with long-lasting results. Patients who have more advanced skin aging or who have signs of sun damage may be better candidates for alternative or combination rejuvenation treatments.

How much do fillers cost?

A price of a syringe of filler starts at $399 to $800, with Voluma and Bellafill being most expensive. At your consultation, a personalized Plan will be created just for you, individualizing your treatment plan and optimizing treatment timing throughout the year, for the best natural results. You will love your filler

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