Dermal fillers are non-invasive treatments that offer anti-aging solutions for patients who want to enjoy a more youthful appearance without surgery. There is a wide range of dermal fillers that provide immediate filling along with long-term benefits. Each works in a different way to restore facial volume and diminish wrinkles.
At Rejuvené MD in El Paso, TX, we are here to help our patients understand the benefits of each type of filler to create the right treatment plan for each person. By exploring the treatment process, the expected outcomes, and the science behind how each product works, we can help you make more informed decisions regarding your aesthetic goals.
What Are Dermal Fillers? Understanding Their Uses in Aesthetics
Dermal fillers are injectable substances that are used to add volume to the face and diminish lines and wrinkles for a more youthful appearance. Most of them work by filling in the space beneath the skin caused by a loss of collagen or fat pads to reduce the appearance of fine lines and sagging.
Among the most common types are hyaluronic acid (HA), calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA), polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), and poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) fillers. Each type of cosmetic filler is FDA-approved for treating different areas of the face.
Dermal fillers serve two main purposes in aesthetics. They are used as an anti-aging treatment for patients who are beginning to experience signs of aging skin. They are also used to provide contouring in the lips, chin, cheeks, or jawline to enhance natural features and address specific areas of concern.
How Do Dermal Fillers Work?
To understand how dermal fillers work, it is important to look at the different types of dermal fillers that are available. Here are several types of dermal fillers that we offer at our clinic along with their specific mechanisms of action.
Hyaluronic Acid Fillers
Many fillers are made from a hyaluronic acid gel. This biocompatible formulation mimics the hyaluronic acid found naturally in the skin, joints, and eyes to provide additional volume where desired. We can use dermal fillers under the eyes, in the cheeks, on the jawline, and in the chin. We also use HA dermal fillers for lip plumping, nasolabial folds, and hand rejuvenation. We offer several different lines of hyaluronic acid fillers, including JUVÉDERM®, Restylane®, and BELOTERO® BALANCE.
Bellafill is a long-lasting, FDA-approved dermal filler that is used to correct nasolabial folds and acne scars. The collagen gel base also includes PMMA microspheres that stimulate collagen production in the treatment area, which leads to long-term correction of problem areas by utilizing the body’s natural healing responses.
Radiesse is another dermal filler that prompts collagen production in the skin. It is made from calcium hydroxylapatite microspheres that are suspended in a water-based gel. The gel provides immediate volume for the smile lines, corners of the mouth, marionette lines, pre-jowl folds, and chin while the microspheres form a scaffold that continues to stimulate collagen and elastin over time.
Sculptra is a dermal filler that is designed to rejuvenate the lower face by stimulating the body’s own natural collagen production. The primary ingredient, poly-L-lactic acid, is a biocompatible synthetic substance that is injected into the face, particularly the nasolabial folds, to reduce the appearance of these lines. Sculptra provides results for up to two years.
What to Expect From Dermal Fillers
Preparing for Your Dermal Filler Treatment
Preparation for dermal filler treatment begins with a one-on-one consultation. During this meeting, we will talk about your goals and expectations as well as relevant medical history. This information helps us to determine which of these fillers is most suitable for you. Before your treatment, we may recommend that you avoid certain medications and alcohol as these can increase bruising at the injection site.
The Dermal Filler Treatment Process
A typical dermal filler treatment session will involve a few simple steps. First, the area to be treated may be numbed with a topical anesthetic to ensure your comfort. Then, the cosmetic filler is injected into the area. The treatment time will depend on the number of areas being treated, but it usually takes less than an hour to complete.
Post-Treatment: What to Expect
For hyaluronic acid fillers as well as those with a carrier gel, you should be able to see results immediately. For others, you may need to wait several weeks or undergo several treatments before the full benefits can be seen. For all dermal filler injections, be sure to limit your sun exposure and avoid touching or rubbing the injection sites for a time as this may irritate the area or cause the product to migrate. You should always follow the specific instructions that we give you regarding aftercare for your particular treatment.
With many dermal fillers, you can schedule maintenance treatments if you want to continue enjoying the results even after your body has metabolized the initial injections. We provide follow-up care to formulate a treatment plan that works for you, your body, and your goals.
Treat Wrinkles and Volume Loss With Dermal Fillers
At Rejuvené MD, we understand the nuances of how aging can impact your skin. With dermal fillers, we look forward to addressing your concerns whether you are beginning to see signs of aging or you want to subtly enhance your facial features. At our medspa, we are committed to providing a comprehensive suite of non-surgical cosmetic treatments that are backed by an in-depth understanding of the procedures and their expected outcomes.
We invite you to contact us for more information or to schedule a consultation at our clinic in El Paso, TX. You can reach us at (915) 800-2288, or you can quickly and easily schedule services online.