Facial dermal fillers are a popular way to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and turn back the clock when it comes to the appearance of a person. There are many different types of fillers that are available to patients and a lot of information about fillers that might be hard for patients to understand.
Let’s take an in-depth look at facial dermal fillers to explain what they are, how they work and the type of results patients can expect from them.
Facial dermal fillers are a gel that is injected into a targeted area on the body of the patient to enhance or rejuvenate the look of the designated area by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The most common type of facial dermal filler is made of hyaluronic acid (HA) which is a substance that is naturally found in the human body. Since the HA is naturally found in the human body, there is little chance of it causing any kind of allergic reaction or side effects to the patient.
Hyaluronic acid that is thicker makes the filler rather firm to the touch as well as stable over a longer period of time. The thicker consistency of the hyaluronic acid filler makes it take longer for the human body to break it down/absorb the filler. Thicker fillers are best used in cases where the patient is looking for an enhancement of areas such as the jawline and cheekbones AKA structures that are bone-like on the patient.
Thinner fillers are more appropriate for softer tissues such as the lips or under the eyes. These areas need a lighter touch and results that are more natural in appearance. The use of thicker fillers in these areas can result in results that might be lumpy or have ripples or bumps. Patients should be aware of the fact that the results of thinner fillers do not last as long as thicker fillers but they can give natural looking results to the treated areas.
The use of HA dermal fillers should be performed by an experienced and board-certified doctor that understand how to provide natural results and not “overdo it” when it comes to the amount of filler that is injected into the targeted area of the body.
One of the main reasons that patients enjoy facial dermal fillers for skin rejuvenation is that the results are not permanent. However, some results are visible almost immediately after an injection is placed by the cosmetic doctor. Depending on the type of facial dermal filler used, as well as the amount of dermal filler placed in the body, it can take about 14 days for the final results to be visible. In general, the results can last anywhere from 3 to 6 months all the way up to 12 to 24 months. The amount of time that the facial dermal filler remains in the body can also vary per patient as the metabolism of the individual patient can impact the length of time that fillers last before they are naturally absorbed by the body.
Because the results provided by facial dermal fillers are not permanent, patients are able to see the changes that can be made to their appearance. If patients decide that they want results that are more permanent in nature, they can eventually undergo a more permanent cosmetic surgery procedure such as a facelift or lower eyelid surgery, AKA blepharoplasty, to rejuvenate the area under the eyes that might be baggy or sagging or have wrinkles under them.
If patients decide that they want to maintain the results of the facial dermal fillers, they will need to undergo a follow-up treatment to have additional filler placed in the area where the filler was originally placed. Patients will see continued results, with no loss of volume or skin rejuvenation, is they receive additional filler before the previous amount of filler has completely been absorbed by the body.
When it comes to having facial dermal fillers placed in the face by a cosmetic doctor, the most common risks are bruising and swelling as well as some discomfort. These conditions will resolve on their own as the weeks pass after the dermal filler treatment. There is a chance that some facial dermal filler can cause some lumps and bumps to appear so patients should visit the doctor that injected the fillers to have the lumps or bumps manipulated by the doctor so they will dissipate.
When it comes to the use of dermal fillers on the body, almost any area of the face can be treated with facial dermal fillers and this includes the cheeks, lips, under the eyes, jawline and chin. Dermal fillers are not limited to only being placed in the facial area. They can also be injected into the hands and the neckline.
Patients need to remember that facial dermal fillers are a medical procedure so a consultation appointment with a board-certified doctor is the ideal first step in the facial dermal filler process. The doctor will discuss the desired results with the patient as well as examine the current condition of the area that the patient wants to have treated with the dermal fillers. Once the patient and the cosmetic are on the same page about the results that can be achieved with the treatment, the patient is ready to have facial dermal fillers placed in the targeted areas of the face.