Dermal fillers that erase years off your face are very much in vogue, and for good reason. Advancements in the tools and techniques used in the filler process have improved greatly over the years. Each procedure is safer and more effective than ever. From temporary lip fillers to facial fillers for fine lines, the products and processes make a big difference in how you look.
Once injected under the surface skin of your face, dermal fillers temporarily augment the soft facial tissue to reduce lines and wrinkles that develop with age. Fillers can also improve the appearance of recessed scars, add volume to the lips and plump shallow areas of your face. Fillers have improved over the years so that the techniques and tools are safer, less painful and more effective than ever.
Bovine collagen was the first dermal filler to be approved by the FDA in 1981, but since 2003, many new products have been developed, including one made from human collagen. There is now a wide array of filler agents available with varying properties to help you achieve the cosmetic results you’re seeking. Talk to your cosmetic doctor at Century Medical and Dental Center in Brooklyn about how fillers can restore your lost youth or repair damage from an earlier procedure or illness.
Candidates for Dermal Fillers
While injectable fillers temporarily provide you with a more youthful and healthier-looking face, they do not reverse the aging process. It’s perhaps best to look at them as an interim, minimally invasive treatment to postpone surgical procedures such as a brow lift or facelift. You’re a good candidate for dermal fillers if you have:
- Good health
- Moderate age-related facial creases
- Realistic and precise objectives for your appearance
The Dermal Filler Consultation
You begin with a consultation appointment with one of Century Medical and Dental Center’s expert physicians, where the two of you discuss:
- Your desires and expectations
- Your budget and time limitations
- Any past cosmetic treatments you may have had, such as Botox
Your doctor then reviews your:
- Medical history, allergies and prior medical treatments
- Current medications, supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drug use
The consultation may also include:
- Taking photographs and measurements of your face
- Discussing other cosmetic treatment options
- Recommending a course of treatment
- Explaining the likely outcome and possible complications
Different Types of Dermal Fillers
Your doctor chooses the most appropriate filler based on your goals and your health. The choices include:
- Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA). This is a permanent soft tissue filler used primarily for wrinkles around the mouth. Since your body can’t absorb it, it’s a one-time treatment.
- Fat grafting. After removing fat tissue from your abdomen through liposuction, it’s re-injected into areas of your face that require a plumper look. The effect may be permanent, but your body may reabsorb some of it.
- Hydroxylapatite. Primarily used on the jawline and sunken cheeks, this filler can last from one to three years.
- Hyaluronic acid. Currently, the most popular of the dermal fillers, hyaluronic acid is often used as lip filler, as well as for the creases between the nose and mouth.
- Poly-L-lactic acid. The FDA approved this dermal filler for people who have HIV. It’s a common dermal filler for a variety of other uses too. It replaces specific areas of fat loss.
The Dermal Filler Procedure
The treatment generally takes less than one hour to complete. You may require a local anesthetic. Your doctor injects the chosen filler into the critical points of your face to achieve the desired results.
Mild discomfort, including swelling and bruising, may last up to one week. A follow-up injection may be necessary for optimum results. The durability of the treatment depends on the type of filler your doctor used.
Dermal Filler Risks
As in nearly every aspect of modern medical care, facial filler injections do pose some risks, which are greatly mitigated when you rely on the experience and depth of knowledge that the doctors at Century Medical and Dental Center bring. When side effects do occur, they involve:
- Imperfect facial contours
- An asymmetrical or lumpy appearance
- Allergic reactions
- Bruising or bleeding
- A skin rash, redness, acne or itching
- Blood vessels damaged, in rare circumstances
If you have a compromised immune system or are taking blood-thinning medication, you’re not a candidate for dermal filler injections. Your doctor can explain your specific risks during your consultation. Minimize your risks by choosing to have your fillers administered by the world-class staff at your Brooklyn multi-disciplinary doctor’s office.
Recovery is dependent on the exact nature of the treatment, the skill of your doctor and how well you follow your doctor’s instructions. You’re likely to experience some mild discomfort from swelling and tenderness following treatment. Ice packs are usually enough to alleviate these symptoms. Although you can resume most activities immediately, you’re usually advised to avoid strenuous exertion for the first couple of days following a procedure.
If you’ve been considering dermal fillers and want to know if you make a good candidate, contact our clinicians in Brooklyn to schedule a consultation. You may leave that day with a younger-looking face and more confidence in your appearance.