Summer is approaching, which means it's time for everyone to start looking their best! One way to do that is to fill in deep wrinkles and sunken areas of the face with dermal fillers. Here are a few frequently asked questions about the procedure:
What is a dermal filler?
A dermal filler is an injectable substance used to plump up sunken areas of the face, deep lines or wrinkles, and pitted scars. Many fillers are hyaluronic acid-based gels. HA is a natural substance found in the body. You can also use your own fat cells, taken from another area of the body, as an injectable filler.
Where Can I Get A Filler Injection?
Dermal fillers are popular on the lines that run from the nose to the mouth (nasolabial folds), from the mouth to the chin (marionette lines), and in sunken areas of the cheeks and around the eyes. You can also use dermal fillers to fill in pitted acne scars, and the fine lines around the lips where lipstick tends to bleed.
What is the Treatment Like?
During your consultation, your surgeon will assess your goals and help you select the most appropriate filler for you. He will mark the intended injection spots with a washable pen, prep the spot, and possible give you a topical anesthetic. The injection itself takes only a few seconds, after which you may be given an ice pack to keep down any discomfort.
What is the Recovery Like?
You will be able to go back to your regular activities as soon as you leave the office. You may notice a “full” feeling in the treatment area, but that will fade within a few hours. There may be some bruising or slight swelling that will resolve with 24 to 48 hours.
How Long Does it Last?
Since dermal fillers are natural products, the body will absorb them over time. Your treatment will last between 6 to 12 months, at which point you can come back in for a maintenance procedure.
It is also important to use a board certified surgeon when getting dermal fillers. Board certified surgeons have more training about the most up to date procedures, products, and techniques. They are held accountable for their safety procedures. Choosing a non-certified surgeon opens you up to more risks and the possibility that you will not be happy with your usual results after the procedure is done.