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Derma Fillers/Injectables

What are dermal fillers or injectables?

Injectable filler (injectable cosmetic filler, injectable facial filler) is a soft tissue filler injected into the skin to help fill in facial wrinkles, restoring a smoother appearance. Fillers require minor maintenance as they are temporary and eventually absorbed by the body. The purpose of dermal fillers is to help diminish facial lines and restore volume and fullness in the face. As we age, our faces naturally lose subcutaneous fat. The facial muscles are then working closer to the skin surface, so smile lines and crow’s feet become more apparent. During the aging process, the facial skin also stretches, adding to this loss of facial volume. Other factors that affect the facial skin include sun exposure, heredity, and lifestyle. Dermal fillers can be very helpful in those with early signs of aging, or as a value-added part of facial rejuvenation surgery.

Injectable wrinkle fillers give you a more youthful look for a fraction of what a traditional facelift costs. Most will fill lines and wrinkles in less than 30 minutes with results that can last from 4 months to more than a year. Injectable wrinkle fillers, unlike Botox injections that relax the muscle under a wrinkle, fill the line, crease, or area with one of several different substances. As a result, trouble spots nearly disappear.

DERMAL FILLERS CAN BE USED TO

  • Plump thin lips/lip enhancement
  • Enhance shallow contours
  • Soften facial creases and wrinkles
  • Improve the appearance of recessed scars

TYPES OF DERMAL FILLERS

There are several different types of dermal fillers. Dermal fillers differ in chemical make-up, longevity, and have varying degrees of softness. Softer fillers are used in the lips, for example, while sturdier fillers might be desired to enhance cheekbones. Dr. Phelps will determine with you the best type and volume of filler needed for your particular areas of concern.

The dermal fillers we offer are very predictable and have relatively minimal risks and side effects. Individualized treatments are available at any of Dr. Phelps’s locations by appointment at 224-251-2020.

Am I a good candidate for dermal fillers or injectables?

You may be a good candidate for dermal fillers if you:

  • Are physically healthy
  • Have a positive outlook and realistic goals in mind for the improvement of your appearance

What dermal fillers won’t do

For some patients, surgery such as a facelift, brow lift, or eye lift may be the best approach. Non-surgical rejuvenation treatments, such as soft tissue fillers, cannot achieve the same results but may help delay the time when consideration of a facelift becomes appropriate.

What are the side effects?

Side effects are rare but can include redness, swelling, and bruising at the injection site. The filler may also show up under the skin as tiny bumps. This is a problem that often improves over time.

How long the results last varies from several months to over a year or two. Some research shows that repeated injections may help stimulate the body’s own natural production of collagen. That will help reduce the number of lines and wrinkles. There is also some evidence that less filler is needed over time to achieve the same look.

Before any filler injection, avoid alcohol use and stop taking any blood-thinning medicine. This includes aspirin, any other type of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), or vitamin E.