Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Dermal Fillers
With the medley of dermal fillers available at our practice, Dr. Ali Sepehr understands that it can sometimes be difficult to determine the best injectable for your unique concerns. While Dr. Sepehr will address all of your questions and help you come to a decision during an in-person consultation, here you can learn pertinent information regarding who can benefit from dermal fillers, how often treatment should be pursued, and the answers to more frequently asked questions prior to visiting our practice.
Who is an ideal candidate for dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers are generally most successful for men and women who seek a non-surgical method of facial enhancement. They can also be an ideal treatment for individuals wishing to avoid a prolonged recovery period or excessive downtime. If your aesthetic goals include temporarily correcting the appearance of facial volume deficiency, wrinkling, pronounced creases, or fine lines, dermal fillers may be able to provide the results you desire. Those considering treatment should be in good overall health and not be pregnant or nursing.
What is the difference between BOTOX® Cosmetic and facial dermal fillers?
Although both treatments are used to combat the effects of the aging process, BOTOX® Cosmetic and dermal fillers differ in many ways. BOTOX® Cosmetic is derived from botulinum toxin, a purified protein that is used to temporarily disable movement in facial muscles that are prone to forming expression lines. By relaxing these muscles, the appearance of “crow’s feet,” nasolabial folds, forehead lines, frown lines, and more can be minimized. In contrast, dermal fillers work to rejuvenate the face through subtle additions of volume. They can be used to fill in creases and folds for a smoother facial appearance, or augment the lips, cheeks, and hands for added volume and contour. The substances that make up dermal fillers vary by each product, but the most popular fillers are comprised of hyaluronic acid—a naturally-occurring substance in the body that hydrates the skin and helps it appear more youthful.
How often should I undergo injectable dermal filler treatments?
The frequency with which you should undergo touch-up treatments generally depends on the type of injectable used and your unique skin tissue. One to four treatments per year can typically achieve exceptional facial rejuvenation, although this is usually determined by which concerns you hope to address and the type of filler used.
Who should administer dermal filler injections?
Dermal fillers generally do not require administration from a doctor, but there are significant benefits to having a facial plastic surgeon perform your treatment. A facial plastic surgeon has extensive knowledge of the different components of your skin tissue and facial anatomy, as well as the necessary aesthetic training and expertise to attain a beautiful result. This comprehensive experience can allow your injector to act quickly in the rare event that an adverse reaction arises and ultimately achieve results that look natural.
What are the limitations for injectable fillers?
While injectables can provide excellent results, touch-up treatments will be necessary to maintain a youthful aesthetic. Additionally, fillers are not primarily designed to address lax or loose skin tissue. Depending on your areas of concern, a long-lasting outcome can be achieved with a surgical facelift, which addresses skin laxity, jowl formation, and loose musculature. Those that experience creases and fine lines in addition to skin laxity can typically combine a facelift procedure with dermal filler treatments to comprehensively reduce signs of aging.