Dermal fillers are a common solution for people hoping to improve the look and feel of their faces. As we age, our skin elasticity decreases, and we get wrinkles, sagging skin, and fine lines where there used to be smoothness. These signs of aging can be reduced with dermal fillers. Fillers are gel-like substances that help restore volume and can improve many signs of aging that people wish to reduce or have removed. They can also be used to add volume to an area that didn’t have any before, such as the lips. Lips injections are one of the most common treatments performed that solely target a lack of volume.

Areas Where You Can Inject Dermal Fillers

"Dermal" means the skin. Dermal fillers can be used on many different body parts to reduce naturally occurring fine lines and wrinkles. These places include:

  • Lips - Soft tissue fillers are injected into and around the lips and mouth to help increase volume and reduce fine lines.

  • Cheeks - Dermal fillers are used in the cheeks to help add volume and increase cheekbone prominence.

  • Jawline - Dermal fillers around the jawline can increase jaw prominence and enhance face shape.

  • Nasolabial Folds - Nasolabial folds are one of the most common places for deep lines and wrinkles. Dermal fillers in this area help increase facial smoothness and volume.

  • Chin - Those with weak or recessed chins often choose a sturdy dermal filler to make their chin appear fuller and more prominent.

  • Temples - Injectable fillers in the temple skin can help tighten the face and reduce wrinkles from crow's feet and smile lines.

  • Hands - The skin on our hands loses elasticity as we age, too, so fillers help improve the look and feel of our skin on this most used part of our body.

  • Buttocks - Dermal fillers in the buttocks help to enhance the shape, volume and imperfections.

Types Of Dermal Fillers

Several different dermal fillers exist. However, some are more desirable, affordable, temporary, or effective than others. Furthermore, some people respond better to one type of filler than another because of ingredients or their individual body's needs. The dermal fillers offered at our clinic in Scottsdale, AZ, include the following:

  • Restylane (Kysse, Lyft, Defyne, Refyne) - made with hyaluronic acid

  • Bellafill - made with PMMA

  • Sculptra - made with poly-l-lactic acid

Dermal fillers come in varying degrees of softness. A softer filler might be used for areas such as the lips, while a sturdier dermal filler might be used on the cheekbones or jawline. Talk with your cosmetic provider about which type of filler is best for you and your desired results, whether they include filling in wrinkles, acne scars, or enhancing certain areas of your face.

How Long Do Filler Results Last?

The length of time that dermal fillers last varies with the patient and the particular procedure. Usually, the denser the filler and the deeper into the skin that the injection goes, the longer the filler will last. Injectable fillers are approved by the FDA for repeated use, so your cosmetic surgeon can repeat and adjust treatment and technique to achieve the results you want. Hyaluronic acid fillers must be repeated the most often for continued results, usually every six months. Synthetic fillers such as PMAA can last longer since the body doesn't reabsorb them. Some also promote collagen production allowing the results to last longer.

How Many Treatments Do I Need?

The amount of treatments you need is unique to your body, where you want the treatments, and how deep your scars or wrinkles are. Typically, people with a few fine lines can get their desired results in one or two office visits. People who want more permanent fullness or who have deeper lines might be able to restore their desired collagen and elasticity with five to ten treatments of PMAA.

What Is Downtime?

With most cosmetic procedures, patients need to have downtime afterward before they feel they can present their "new and improved selves" to their family and friends. However, dermal fillers include the benefit of immediate improvement and no downtime requirement! Some people have mild to moderate side effects, such as redness, bruising, swelling, irritation, or bumps at the injection site. In these cases, patients may choose to wait to show off their improved skin and reduced facial lines until the side effects wear off, but this isn't required downtime.

Choosing A Dermal Filler Provider

When receiving a dermal filler, it should always be a name brand and you should only ever get one from a licensed medical provider. This ensures that you are receiving a safe, FDA-approved product with predictable effects. When looking for a dermal filler provider in Scottsdale, AZ, you want to choose someone with a proven background in cosmetic surgery, even though receiving dermal fillers is considered a non-surgical procedure. Your provider should be licensed and insured and provide treatment at a qualified medical clinic or office. They should be well-versed in the options for injections, possible risks and side effects, and the typical results for many people. Ask for client testimonials and to see pictures of before and afters of real patients from that clinic and provider. You should also check the credentials of all the nurses and physician's assistants who will be assisting with your procedure.


What Our Patients Say

Frequently Asked Questions About Getting Dermal Fillers

You will immediately see improvement in your facial wrinkles from your injectable dermal fillers. Dermal injections are one of the quickest-acting FDA-approved cosmetic procedures on the market!

Depending on the type of filler you chose, the muscles affected, and how many treatments you’ll receive, you may continue to see improvements over the following days or weeks, too!

Dermal fillers sometimes include side effects, just as with any medical procedure or treatment. However, these aren’t common and those that occur usually resolve themselves quickly.

Those that happen are predictable and rarely carry risks. You should always let your provider know if any dermal filler treatment has caused side effects, though, so that they can monitor you for complications.

You should always give your provider your complete health history, medications, allergies, and any previous procedure so that they can recommend the best type of injectable filler for your unique body.

Downtime is the amount of time that it will take for you to recover after treatment. Luckily, for most people, there is no downtime when receiving filler treatment!

Dermal fillers are made with several ingredients. Some of these are naturally occurring, while others are synthetic substances that help your body increase smoothness and produce more elasticity.

  • Hyaluronic acid

    • Hyaluronic acid is naturally created by your body. It’s mostly found inside the soft connective tissues and fluids around your eyes, in cartilage, and joints. HA in injectable fillers is extracted and reformulated to help produce more of the substance naturally.

  • Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA)

    • Calcium hydroxylapatite is a mineral compound that is naturally occurring in people’s bones. Calcium hydroxylapatite is synthetically reproduced and injected to reduce creases in the nasolabial folds and to lessen frown lines. It improves volume and fullness.

  • Poly-L-lactic Acid

    • Poly-l-lactic acid is one of the most common types of dermal fillers for the face because it encourages the body’s natural production of collagen. It’s a non-toxic stimulator made from biodegradable material. It’s best for the lower half of the face.

  • Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA)

    • PMMA is longer lasting than the other dermal fillers; it’s considered semi-permanent. This option is best for medium to deep lines, furrows, and wrinkles. It’s also good for acne scars and as a lip filler.

All of these ingredients are FDA-approved as facial injections; they should only be given as a medical procedure by a licensed provider as a treatment for lines, wrinkles, or scarring.

Some of the benefits of dermal fillers include:

  • Reducing crow’s feet around the eyes
  • Smoothing out smile or vertical lip lines from smoking
  • Diminishing nasolabial folds (deep lines around the nose and mouth)
  • Increasing facial volume
  • Lessening facial wrinkles
  • Filling in fine lines around the mouth
  • Restoring or adding volume to cheeks, lips, and chin
  • Smoothing out a chin crease
  • Improving facial symmetry

When you choose a dermal filler as an option to help you reduce your fine lines and wrinkles or to improve the appearance of scarring, you’ll join over a million people who use dermal filler injections each year.

Filler injections are an affordable, effective, safe treatment for improving the elasticity, smoothness, and appearance of your skin.

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