Dermal Fillers FAQ
The versatility, convenience, and measurable results of injectable dermal fillers make them exceedingly popular for all sorts of patients. Today's dermal fillers are just as safe and effective as ever, with millions of men and women around the world using them to reduce wrinkles and replace volume each year. Despite their popularity, prospective patients still have a lot of questions about these treatments. Here, find our answers to some of the ones we hear most often about dermal fillers at our Dallas clinic.
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Aren't all dermal fillers basically the same?
No. Although dermal fillers are all gels that are injected under the surface of the skin to add volume, many of them use different active ingredients and come in different formulations that make them more appropriate for different areas of the face. For example, JUVÉDERM® and JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC both have the same active ingredient, hyaluronic acid, which helps skin stay hydrated and firm. But JUVÉDERM was developed specifically to alleviate the lines and wrinkles of the lower face, while JUVÉDERM VOLUMA XC's thicker, more durable formula makes it more appropriate for adding volume to the cheeks. Dr. Stetler, Dr. Polder, and our medical staff know how to strategically administer the right fillers to the right areas to yield exceptional results.
What is the difference between BOTOX® Cosmetic and dermal fillers?
Although dermal fillers and BOTOX Cosmetic are both injectable treatments that are used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, they work in very different ways. As their name implies, injectable fillers use an ingredient to physically fill in wrinkles from below the skin's surface, effectively reducing their appearance. BOTOX Cosmetic and Dysport® both use a purified form of the botulinum toxin to temporarily relax the muscles that cause "dynamic" wrinkles (the wrinkles that occur when we make facial expressions), such as crow's feet, to form. When used strategically, BOTOX Cosmetic and dermal fillers can both create beautiful outcomes.
Who is a good candidate for a dermal filler treatment?
These products work well and are safe for nearly anyone who is interested in erasing wrinkles around the face or adding volume to the lips, cheeks, or under-eye hollows. Most of the fillers we use are made from ingredients that are found naturally in the body. For people who have allergies or sensitivities to any of the ingredients in fillers, we may take extra precautions. During your initial consultation for Sculptra® Aesthetic, RADIESSE®, JUVÉDERM, VOLUMA XC, VOLBELLA XC, or Restylane® at our Dallas practice, your practitioner will review your medical history and help you determine whether dermal fillers are right for you.
What happens to the dermal filler ingredients as they wear off?
Dermal fillers are not meant to be permanent. Depending on the type of filler used, as well as its placement, the results of a treatment can last between several months and 2 years. The ingredients in dermal fillers gradually break down and filter out of the body through normal metabolic processes.
Sculptra® Aesthetic, a dermal filler that uses poly-L lactic acid, comes with the added the added benefit of promoting collagen growth within the skin. Over time, the poly-L lactic acid is flushed out of the body while the new, natural collagen stays behind.
Can I combine a dermal filler treatment with another procedure?
Yes! At the Dallas Center for Dermatology and Aesthetics, we often recommend a combinational approach to help patients resolve several aesthetic concerns at once. It's perfectly safe to "mix and match" dermal fillers or have them administered in conjunction with BOTOX Cosmetic or Dysport in a procedure called a "liquid facelift". Dermal fillers can also help enhance the results of other treatments, such as Thermage®. Our professionals look forward to helping you find the right options to reveal your most beautiful skin.
How can I make my results last as long as possible?
Although dermal fillers aren't permanent, they can provide many months of noticeable improvement. The longevity of a dermal filler treatment is highly dependent on the type of filler administered, as well as your own unique anatomy. The best thing you can do to preserve your results is to follow your practitioner's instructions closely. Although there is no significant downtime required after a procedure, you may need to refrain from touching the injection site or temporarily avoid certain substances, such as alcohol. Prior to your procedure, we'll help you understand what to expect from your results, as well as how to maintain them for as long as possible.