Dermal Filler Injections
What are Dermal fillers?
Do your “smile lines” make you frown? Do you have sagging bags under your eyes that make you look tired to the point you feel older? If so, facial (dermal) fillers may be just what you need. If your cheeks look flat, you might appreciate the ability of dermal fillers to restore that more youthful and rounder contour to your face. Dermal and subdermal fillers, “facial fillers”, are one of the most popular areas of minimally invasive, non-surgical, facial rejuvenation available today. Fullness or roundness of facial features is associated with a more youthful appearance. As we age, we gradually lose the round contour of our facial features and while fat accumulates in areas where we don’t want it, like our bellies and thighs, we actually lose fat volume in our faces.
The Sheen Vein Institute of St. Louis, conducts these procedures in an office-based setting, making facial fillers simple, quick, comfortable and convenient. The results can be amazing and gratifying
Dermal fillers are used to treat lines created by lost collagen and fat. After botulinum toxin (Botox) injections, dermal filler injections are the most common cosmetic procedure performed. The most popular areas for the injections are what we call the “two sets of parentheses”, which are the pair of lines that extend down from the nose to the corners of the mouth, known as the nasolabial folds, and another pair that extends downward from the corners of the mouth to the chin, known as marionette lines.
Many different materials are used as dermal filler. Collagen is no longer the product of choice. Currently, the most popular one is hyaluronic acid (HA), a complex sugar found naturally in many tissues. Hyaluronic acid is more expensive than collagen, but lasts longer, generally up to six months in the corners of the mouth (marionette lines). Like Botox injections, the effect of the dermal filler shots wears off after several months and how long each lasts depends on the injection site. However, with repeat injections, the affects seem to last a little longer.
In some cases dermal fillers can be used quite successfully as an alternative to invasive surgical procedures. Dermal fillers have become a first line treatment in correcting or restoring aging facial characteristics.
How Long Do Facial (Dermal) Fillers Last?
Facial (Dermal) fillers last a variable amount of time depending on your metabolism and a myriad of other factors. Some types of fillers last 6-9 months or longer depending on the area of injection. The lips do not last as long as the areas around the eyes and nose. We have seen cases where Hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers have lasted more than one year when placed under the eyes to camouflage bags.
Are There Any Side Effects to Facial (Dermal) Filler Treatments?
Side effects from a facial (Dermal) filler treatment are mild to moderate and can last a week or less. They include temporary injection-site reactions such as mild pain, redness, firmness, itching, swelling and/or bumps. Bruising occurs from time to time. Bruising is more prevalent in patients taking blood thinning medications such as aspirins.
Are There Any Restrictions Following a Facial (Dermal) Filler Treatment?
There is minimal downtime and/or recovery time following dermal filler treatments. Many patients resume normal activity immediately following their treatment. Cold compresses will be applied immediately after your treatment and may be applied throughout the day to help minimize any swelling and/or bruising.
For 24 hours after treatment, patients may want to limit their exposure to sun, heat, alcohol consumption and strenuous exercise as each may increase temporary redness, swelling and/or itching at the injection sites.