Dermal fillers are injectables used to plump up sunken areas of the face, pitted scars, and even deep wrinkles. They are an excellent cosmetic solution to volume loss, which is one of the three aspects of facial aging (the other two being sagging skin and skin texture changes). Volume loss happens when we gradually lose the fat in our faces, which first makes us look mature in our 20s and then makes us look tired in our 30s and 40s.

Since dermal fillers are such an effective treatment for volume loss, it is very popular; however, there are common questions. Here are a few of the most frequent queries concerning dermal fillers:

Where Can I Get Dermal Fillers?
You can get dermal fillers almost anywhere. The most common areas are in the marionette lines that run from the corners of the mouth, to the chin, in the nasiolabial folds, around the eyes, around the lips, and in the cheek area. You can also have them injected into pitted scars (such as those caused by acne) anywhere on the face.

Does it Hurt?
You may feel some discomfort from the injection, and the area will feel raised and maybe tight for a few days afterwards. Your plastic surgeon will discuss the need or lack of need for topical anesthesia depending on your specific case.

What is the Procedure Like?
Most dermal filler treatments are quick (many can be done over your lunch break). You will not be under general anesthesia, so you will be able to drive afterwards. The surgeon will prep your skin for the injections, and possibly mark the spots where they will be going. The injections will be done, and then you are all set!

Can I Go Back to Work / School / My Life?
Yes, you can go right back to your usual routine after dermal fillers. You may feel some tightness or swinging around the area for a day or two, but that will resolve. You will want to avoid pushing on the area, so you do not disturb the injectable as it settles.

You will also want to be sure you are using a board certified plastic surgeon when getting dermal filler injections. Board certified surgeons are better qualified to perform any and all cosmetic procedures, and are held to higher standards of quality and safety. If you do not use a board certified surgeon, you take on more risks.