What Are Dermal Fillers?
Hyaluronic dermal fillers are injectable substances made of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the body that helps to retain moisture and give skin a plump, youthful appearance. Hyaluronic acid fillers are commonly used to smooth out wrinkles and fine lines, enhance facial contours, and restore volume and fullness to areas that have lost elasticity due to aging or other factors. Examples include; Restylane, Juvederm, RHA, Revanesse.
What Are The Benefits?
- They provide immediate results, with minimal downtime.
- They are safe and well-tolerated by most patients.
- They can be used to target specific areas of the face for a more natural-looking result.
- They are temporary and fully reversible.
What Is The Downtime?
There is typically no downtime associated with hyaluronic dermal fillers, although some patients may experience mild swelling, bruising or redness at the injection site. These side effects usually resolve within a few days.
Are They Safe?
Hyaluronic dermal fillers are generally considered safe when administered by a qualified healthcare professional. However, like any medical procedure, there are some risks and potential side effects to be aware of, such as allergic reactions, infection, or lumps and bumps under the skin.
The number of hyaluronic dermal fillers needed will depend on the individual patient and the specific treatment goals. The results of hyaluronic dermal fillers typically last between 6-12 months, although this can vary depending on the type of filler used and the patient’s metabolism.
What Areas Can I Treat?
Hyaluronic acid fillers can be used for a variety of areas on the face and body. Some of the most common areas that are treated with hyaluronic acid fillers include:
1. Lips: to enhance the size and shape of the lips, creating a fuller, more youthful appearance.
2. Cheeks: to restore volume to the cheeks, improving their contour and giving the face a more lifted appearance.
3. Nasolabial folds: to smooth out the lines that run from the nose to the corners of the mouth, creating a more youthful and refreshed appearance.
4. Marionette lines: to smooth out the lines that run from the corners of the mouth down to the chin, reducing the appearance of sagging or jowls.
5. Under-eye area: Hyaluronic acid fillers can be used to fill in hollows or dark circles under the eyes, giving the face a more rested and rejuvenated appearance.
6. Hands: Hyaluronic acid fillers can be used to restore volume to the hands, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and giving them a more youthful appearance.
7. Chin: to add volume and improve the contour of the chin. This can be particularly useful for those who have a weak or receding chin, as it can help to balance out the facial features and improve the overall appearance of the face.
8. Temples: to fill in hollows and add volume to the area, which can help to create a more youthful and refreshed appearance. This area can often be overlooked, but adding volume to the temples can have a significant impact on the overall appearance of the face.
9. Neck: to fill in horizontal lines, improve skin elasticity, and reduce sagging skin. In the décolleté area, hyaluronic acid fillers can be used to fill in vertical lines, improve skin texture, and restore lost volume.
10. Décolleté: to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, and to restore lost volume. The neck and décolleté area are often neglected in skincare routines, leading to premature aging signs such as sagging skin, wrinkles, and fine lines.
How Many Syringes Will I Need?
The answer is variable because every face is unique. A good guideline for someone who has never had fillers is this: One syringe for every decade of life is generally the rule of thumb to replenish volume loss that has occurred through the aging process to achieve full facial rejuvenation. If someone has been using fillers already, less is needed for a beautiful, natural outcome. 1 syringe of filler is equivalent to about the size of a blueberry. There are 5 syringes in a teaspoon, so usually with 1 or 2 teaspoons of sugar, beautiful things can happen.
As with any cosmetic procedure, it is important to choose a skilled and experienced injector who has experience treating these areas with hyaluronic acid fillers. They will be able to assess your individual needs and recommend the best treatment plan for you. It is also important to discuss any potential risks or side effects with your injector and ensure that you are a good candidate for the treatment.