1. What are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are products that are injected into the dermis of the skin to subtly increase volume and soften folds and wrinkles of the face. The first dermal filler was approved by the FDA in 1981.

2. How do dermal fillers work?

Fillers are injected below the surface of the skin to volumize areas that have lost fat, muscle and bone. Also, fillers are an excellent tool to create slightly fuller lips, define a small chin or soften abnormalities of the nose.

3. What are the benefits of dermal fillers?

In the hands of a skilled practitioner, dermal fillers such as Juvéderm®, Perlane®, Radiesse® and Sculptra® can turn back the hands of time and give the face a more youthful look. By artistically “sculpting” the brows, cheeks, and lips one can actually become more attractive.

4. What are the risks of dermal filler injections?

Side effects of dermal fillers are usually mild and can range from redness, bruising, tenderness or swelling. Although exceedingly rare, infection is always a possibility. For maximum safety, fillers should only be injected by a highly qualified medical practitioner who has extensive training and experience.

5. What areas can be treated?

Fillers can be used to perform a liquid facelift for the aging face or just to increase one’s attractiveness.
• Lip enhancement
• Deep folds
• Facial lines
• Wrinkle correction
• Lip augmentation
• Facial contour shaping of the cheeks and as a temporary chin “implant” alternative
• Thin lines on the face and above the lips

6. How long does a dermal filler treatment last?

Fillers can last from 9-18 months based on the area they are used.

7. Can dermal fillers be used with other treatments?

Dermal fillers can be combined effectively with BOTOX® Cosmetic, laser treatments (such as Fraxel, Isolaz, Clear and Brilliant and Thermage) to further enhance the rejuvenation process. Also, BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments followed by a dermal filler is one of the most common combination treatments and can actually prolong the effects of dermal fillers.

8. Are dermal fillers just for women?

As of last year, 1 in 8 cosmetic procedures were performed on men. More and more men are realizing the benefits of facial rejuvenation to maintain their edge in a youth driven society. Over 300,000 men received “Brotox” in 2011 alone.

9. What can and can’t I do after the treatment?

Most clients return to work or normal activities right after a dermal filler treatment. Many dermal filler treatments such as the chemical facelift can be performed during lunch. A quick stop at the Jane Iredale Cosmetic touch-up bar will get you on your way looking better than when you arrived.

10. What is the best dermal filler for anti-aging?

There are many dermal fillers on the market to reverse the signs of aging. A free consultation with a qualified medical provider will determine which is right for the client. Due to the ease of injection and longevity, hyaluronic acid fillers such as Juvéderm® and Restylane® are frequently used in our office. Also, calcium hydroxyapatite filler, Radiesse® or a poly-L-lactic acid filler, Sculptra® are perfect for areas that need extra volume. Many times an expert injector will utilize multiple fillers for the perfect look.

11. Are dermal filler injections painful?

By seeking a medical practice whose number one concern is the patient’s safety and comfort, measures can be taken to lessen the discomfort of injections such as numbing cream, ice and anti-bruising gel. Also, blunt tip cannulas can decrease the discomfort and risk of bruising.

12. What is the best dermal filler to prevent post-filler lumpiness?

The best protection against post-filler lumpiness is a highly qualified medical provider who is familiar with all the nuances of dermal fillers and facial anatomy.

13. What is the best dermal filler for cheeks?

The cheeks typically need extra volume as the aging process depletes collagen, elastin and fat. Dermal fillers that have a larger degree of cross-linking (thickness) are best for this area such as Perlane® and Juvéderm®. Radiesse® and Sculptra® can also be effectively used in the cheeks. An exciting new dermal filler called Voluma by Allergan will soon be available as well.

The pendulum has swung and clients are demanding non-invasive, cost effective ways to naturally restore supple volume to the face. Dermal fillers are the answer to looking good quickly with no downtime.

Call today to schedule your free Visia Complexion Analysis and Consultation with a qualified medical professional. At CFR we will tailor a plan based on your concerns and facial anatomy and the walk with you for the life of your skin.