Procedures


Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are becoming increasingly popular as a means to help reverse the changes associated with aging. Because the goal is to return the dermis to its original youthful state, dermal fillers can give a more natural appearance than surgical face lifts. Dermal fillers are being used to reduce or eliminate wrinkles, raise scar depressions, enhance lips, and replace soft-tissue volume loss.

As our skin ages, the dermis gradually loses its major constituents: collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid. Collagen acts as the major support protein for our skin, elastin allows our skin to stay firm and resist wrinkles, and hyaluronic acid helps to trap water and add volume and shape to our skin.

Dermal fillers are becoming increasingly popular as a means to help reverse the changes associated with aging. Because the goal is to return the dermis to its original youthful state, dermal fillers can give a more natural appearance than surgical face lifts. Dermal fillers are being used to reduce or eliminate wrinkles, raise scar depressions, enhance lips, and replace soft-tissue volume loss.

A variety of dermal fillers are available in the United States today. Some of the most popular include Restylane and Juvéderm. The medical and cosmetic industries are continually developing new technologies and treatments, so new products are constantly being tested and made available, with dermal fillers being no exception.

Any dermal filler you choose should be easy to administer, provide reproducible cosmetic results, remain in the skin for a significant period of time, and be safe if used correctly. Most injectable fillers are administered in just a few minutes, and any discomfort can be managed with topical or injectable anesthetics. The provider will use a thin needle to inject the dermal filler into the wrinkles, folds, or scars where treatment is desired. Some minor initial discomfort is normal, but should be brief, as most patients are comfortable returning to work or other daily activities immediately.