In todays world it seems like there are almost unlimited options when it comes to cosmetic treatments, procedures, products and options! At Intraline, we are guided by providing informative product and treatment information so you can make the best decision for yourself, no matter what that is. Here we have answered all your burning questions on Dermal Fillers, lets get into it!
WHAT ARE DERMAL FILLERS?
Dermal Fillers are an injectable (gel link) substance that is a versatile and relatively low risk solution to reducing the look of fine lines or wrinkles as well as adding lost volume to the face.
HOW DO DERMAL FILLERS WORK?
In short, Dermal Fillers work by restoring lost volume or adding volume in certain areas of the body. Filler is also used to smooth out lines, wrinkles or hollows. Some of the most commonly treated areas are lips, cheeks and under eye (tear troughs). There are varying types of Dermal Fillers available, however the most popular type of Dermal Filler is those made with Hyaluronic Acid. Hyaluronic Acid is naturally found in every living being and is responsible for collagen production. When Dermal Fillers are injected into your skin your body naturally begins to break them down, and this process stimulates your bodies collagen production which helps with skin elasticity (tightness), volume and smoothness. Read more about this here.
ARE DERMAL FILLERS & BOTOX THE SAME?
No. They are sometimes thought of as the same because they can be solutions for the same treatment areas. However, they work in completely different way
s. Botox (or Botulinum Toxin, defined as a neurotoxic protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum and related species) freezes the muscle to stop creases and/or wrinkles from forming, it will also decrease the look of existing wrinkles for on average 3 to 6 months. Dermal Fillers use hyaluronic acid and similar substances to "fill in" or plump areas that have lost volume and smoothness, they also stimulate the production of collagen, so your body begin to naturally restore volume and elasticity. Dermal Fillers on average last for 6-12 months. Results with both Botox and Dermal Fillers are dependent on many factors, such as lifestyle, genetics, and age.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING A DERMAL FILLER TREATMENT?
The treatment should be carried out by a certified trained doctor, dermatologist, cosmetic surgeon or clinician. Your practitioner will speak with you to understand your concerns and observe how your face is structured, how it moves while taking into account your age and lifestyle. Once the procedure starts you can expect some mild discomfort during the procedure, but the injection site will be numbed using a topical, or local anesthetic, for your comfort. If you are worried about the pain, we suggest speaking with your practitioner directly to determine the best option for you. The practitioner will inject the filler using a needle. The procedure is quick and there is minimal downtime. You may experience some swelling or bruising to the treated area, this is completely normal. Generally speaking, you can expect to see some results immediately, however full results can be expected in a few days post treatments.
WHAT AREAS CAN DERMAL FILLERS TREAT?
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WHAT ARE THE RISKS OR POTENTIAL COMPLICATIONS WITH DERMAL FILLERS?
Severe complications from Dermal Fillers are very uncommon, however with any cosmetic procedure potential risks exist. Risks depend on the Dermal Filler type, injector and patient. Here are some identified potential risks:
- Acne-like skin eruptions
- Bruising, bleeding from the injection site, swelling
- Damage to the skin that results in a wound and possible scarring
- Infection at the injection site
- Palpability of the filler under the surface of the skin
- Skin rash with itching
- Skin redness
- Under- or over-correction of wrinkles
- Skin necrosis (ulceration or loss of skin from disruption of blood flow)
We recommend sourcing a clinician that is professionally trained and able to answer all of your questions related to the procedure and potential risks.
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