Dermal fillers are a popular, non-surgical alternative to facelifts or brow lifts, and restore your youthful radiance by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Also known as “injectables” or “soft-tissue fillers”, dermal fillers do just what their name suggests—they restore a youthful fullness to your face by filling shallow contours, plumping your lips, or softening facial creases.
Early anti-aging techniques tended to tighten the skin, but dermal fillers work under the skin to replace elasticity and actually plump the skin. As a result, your face is left looking more youthful and natural, rather than tight and flattened. The liquid facelift has become one of the most popular aesthetic procedures available.
Though fillers won’t provide permanent results, they will offer the benefits of a surgical facelift at a fraction of the cost and with very little pain, not to mention with immediate results. Fillers provide an impressive full new look and rejuvenation to your appearance.
Fillers vary from synthetic to natural, and absorbable to non-absorbable, but the most common dermal fillers include:
What Can Dermal Fillers Treat?
Dermal fillers are used to maintain your youthful beauty and rejuvenate your aging skin. Some of the more common uses for fillers are:
- Filling in wrinkles, deep creases, folds, and fine lines
- “Plumping” (filling) wrinkled or thin lips
- Adding volume to your cheeks
- Replacing lost volume in the temples
- Contouring facial features like your chin, jawline, eyebrow, or nose
- Improving saggy jowls
- Replacing lost volume and restoring skin substructure can literally lift aged, sagging skin, earning this procedure the name “liquid facelift”
How Do Dermal Fillers Work?
Dermal filler injections are non-invasive and only take a few minutes to perform. After your doctor cleanses the areas on your face where you’ll need injections, the injection sites will be marked as a guide. If you’re sensitive to injections, a topical anesthetic is available to help make you feel more comfortable. After your skin is prepared, the actual injections only take a few seconds per site. When you’re finished, you may experience temporary discomfort, but very minor.
Recovery & Results
After you finish your injections, you will be able to resume most activities immediately, with no downtime. You may experience minor bruising or swelling following the procedure, but this will fade within a few days.
Depending on the type of filler you choose, you may experience an “over-filling” appearance at first. In some cases, this appearance can last over a week, but most commonly lasts a few hours or days.
An ice pack or over-the-counter pain reliever can effectively manage any mild pain or swelling.
It should be noted that dermal fillers are not a permanent solution to aging skin. While the results can last six to twelve months, you will need to retreat your skin to maintain the effects. How your body absorbs fillers and the way your skin ages will determine the frequency of your injections.