What are dermal fillers?
As your skin ages, some of the natural fullness and plumpness can diminish, causing the skin to look creased, sagging, wrinkled, or dented. This is because the skin can lose some of its elasticity as you get older, and the usual supportive structures in the skin lose their strength. The result? Your skin could begin to look older, less full, and less youthful.
Candidates for Dermal Fillers
There are many different kinds of dermal fillers, each intended to treat a specific cosmetic concern. You may be a good candidate for cosmetic dermal filler treatment if you are unhappy with the way your skin appears or experience any of the following facial concerns:
- Thinning lips
- Shallow areas or dents in the face
- Wrinkles under the eyes
- Shadows under the eyes
- Facial scarring
- Facial wrinkles
- Wrinkles along the cheeks
- Wrinkles around the mouth
Are dermal fillers permanent?
Most dermal fillers are not permanent and will begin to wear off after several months. Many skincare doctors, including our dermatologists in Miami, Florida, can offer patients repeat filler treatments in order to maintain long-lasting results.
One type of skin filler treatment called polyalkylimide is semi-permanent and often used to treat deep wrinkles or indentations from deep scars. Speak with your dermatologist to learn more about the longest lasting fillers and which kind of skin treatment is the best facial filler for you.
How long do dermal fillers last?
Depending on the exact kind of dermal filler you are using, the results will vary. For many, dermal fillers tend to last about six months, but for some people they last longer. Cosmetic filler treatment can be repeated over time in order to maintain the results. Work with your dermatologist to determine when you should have repeat treatments and exactly how long you can expect your dermal filler results to last between treatments.
What are the best fillers for the face?
Some of the most commonly used facial fillers to increase facial fullness and treat different cosmetic issues include the following:
- Polycystic acid, which causes the skin to produce more collagen
- Hyaluronic acid, which is found naturally in your body and can add fullness to your skin
- Polymethyl-methacrylate microspheres (PMMA), a semi-permanent dermal filler option
- Calcium hydroxylapatite, a substance found naturally in your bones
- Polyalkylimide, a gel-like substance that the body is compatible with
Dermal Filler Brand Names
Dermal fillers are known more commonly by their brand names, which include the below types of fillers:
Can Dermal fillers Help Under Eye Wrinkles?
Dermal fillers are often used to help those who are unhappy with the appearance of certain facial wrinkles, including those found under the eyes. If you have noticed a dark shadowing appearance under your eyes, it could be caused by lower eyelid wrinkles. Dermal fillers can help plump this area and reduce the appearance of these under-eye wrinkles and dark shadows. Depending on your skin concerns, your dermatologist may recommend using a dermal filler like Restylane, Belotero, or Juvederm to help reduce the appearance of eye wrinkles. In addition, your dermatologist may also suggest using Botox in conjunction with your dermal filler to help improve your results and reduce the look of fine lines and facial wrinkles near the eyes.
How Quickly do Dermal Fillers Work?
Your dermal filler results are usually noticeable right away after your procedure. However, it could take several weeks for the fillers to completely settle into your skin and for any side effects to subside. After the fillers have totally settled, you’ll notice a continued improvement in your facial skin plumpness and overall appearance.
Possible Side Effects of Injectable Fillers
There are several known side effects of dermal fillers, which are usually not serious and fade over time. Some of the most common dermal filler side effects include:
- Skin rash
- Pimple-like breakouts
- Skin damage
- Vision problems
- Skin cell death
Are dermal fillers safe?
Fillers for the face are minimally invasive, so they usually have a lower chance of complications than facial surgical procedures. However, there are still some associated risks of dermal fillers. Those who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have certain health conditions should avoid using dermal fillers. Always consult with a trusted dermatologist before having dermal filler injection treatment. Be sure to tell your doctor about any medications you are currently using and ask whether fillers are safe to use with them.
Do dermal filler injections hurt?
Topical anesthetics may be applied to your skin to help reduce any discomfort during your dermal filler injections. For most, there should be little or no pain after filler injections. In some instances, people may notice redness, itching, or pain near the injection site after their treatment, but these side effects of fillers usually subside quickly.
Contact Us Today
If you are interested in dermal fillers, visit Kendall Dermatology at our Kendall, Florida dermatology office. We offer a comprehensive range of skincare treatments, including the latest clinical and cosmetic dermatology procedures. Our office is home to skilled dermatologists and licensed estheticians. Contact our office by calling 305.595.0393 or fill out the form on this page to schedule an appointment anytime.