Dermal fillers are injectable cosmetic dermatology treatments used to replace volume loss for smooth, youthful skin, full lips, and general rejuvenation of the appearance, including treating acne-scarred skin.
The idea of facial fillers can seem scary to many patients, due to a fear of pain resulting from the injections. Many fillers contain lidocaine, a mild anesthetic that helps minimize pain during and after treatment. However, some patients do report mild discomfort during treatment. This can depend on which areas are treated, and how much filler is used.
Dermal filler treatments involve injecting a substance below the skin that plumps up wrinkles, scars, or otherwise less firm and supple skin. These treatments shouldn’t be confused with neurotoxin injections, which are also used to address fine lines and wrinkles.
The dermal filler process is very simple and straightforward. Based on your goals, your dermatologist may prepare the treatment area by applying a topical numbing agent to the skin. Some fillers have a numbing agent in the material to further improve comfort. Once your skin is prepared for pain-free dermal filler treatment, the dermatologist injects the filler below the skin and smooths it into place.
For the most part, properly administered dermal filler treatments will have few, if any, side effects. There may be some redness or bruising at the injection site, but this typically resolves very quickly. In less common cases, patients experience an allergic response to the filler material, which can lead to bumps developing below the skin.
We know that many different people now offer dermal fillers. From your general care practitioner to dentists and local medi-spas, it seems like just about everyone is offering dermal filler treatment. While visiting one of these places for dermal fillers may seem more convenient or cost-effective, it’s important to remember that dermatologists have a more comprehensive understanding of dermal fillers and how these treatments will impact your skin and your whole-body health.
When selecting a doctor for your injectable treatment, give your decision-making process the same level of review you would for a surgical procedure. Although it is non-surgical, dermal filler treatment is a medical procedure that requires knowledge, skill, and training in order to ensure safe and positive results.
Facial fillers are safe and effective treatments. Here’s what you can expect when getting a facial filler. There’s generally no downtime after treatment and patients can return to their normal activities as soon as they leave the office. Many fillers, produce results that are visible almost immediately and can last anywhere from six months to two years. In the days following treatment, results will become even more noticeable as any swelling or redness subside.
As with any cosmetic treatment, there are some risks involved with fillers, such as soreness or infection in the treatment area. Other, less common risks include acute pain, facial asymmetry, and nodules at the injection site.
Because injectable treatment is minimally invasive, the recovery time will be short. You may experience some redness or slight bruising, but this should dissipate within a week. Dermal fillers are an excellent solution for issues like wrinkles, scars, sunken cheeks, and thin lips. They can make your skin look smoother and give your face a refreshed, youthful look.