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Dermal Filler Basics

Naso-labial folds, marionette lines (smile lines), thinning lips and many other wrinkly, saggy skin issues can be resolved with a simple dermal filler. Fillers, injected into the skin, “fill” out wrinkles, resulting in a smoother, younger-looking appearance. If it’s your first time considering a filler procedure, keep in mind a few basic tips.

Are there choices for my filler?
A medical professional such as a dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon may perform a filler procedure. Before proceeding, determine which type of filler best suits your needs and budget. A professional understands how cost can factor into your beauty budget, don’t be afraid to talk numbers. Beyond Botox, dermal fillers include Juvederm, Perlane, Restylane, and Radiesse.

Is it reversible?
Juvederm, Perlane, and Restylane are “reversible” filler products as each product contains hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid, a polysaccharide or a natural building block for body tissue, actually can be removed through dissolution using a hyaluronidase injection. Opting for a hyaluronic acid filler provides the opportunity to reverse the procedure if you decide you don’t like the results.

How long will it last?
The length of time the filler lasts depends on the individual filler and the type of skin issue it’s being used to resolve. A filler using hyaluronic acid may last about six months when used on the lower face (around the lips, nose, chin, and neck) and it can last as long as a year on the upper face. Your individual skin condition determines the true length the filler will last—texture, sun damage, and age each affect the performance of the filler.

Are there side effects?
As with any procedure, a very minor side effects may occur. Dermal filler side effects may include bruising, redness, tenderness and slight swelling at the injection site. Not everyone experiences the same effects or the same degree of effects. Dermal fillers, however, are an economical choice compared to plastic surgery to combat the natural progression of aging.


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