What are Dermal Fillers?
As we age, our faces naturally lose fat that is situated under skin. The facial muscles are then working closer to the skin surface, so wrinkles and fine lines become more visible.
Dermal fillers are mostly based on hyaluronic acid and calcium hydroxylapatite and are often a kind of soft tissue. These fillers are injectable products and is used to fill wrinkles for purposes of improving the appearance.
How do Dermal Fillers work?
The body does not consider dermal fillers as a foreign substance and are considered safe. These fillers help to diminish facial lines and restore volume and fullness in the face by filling the area under the skin. Some fillers are natural and some are synthetic, but they all work to improve the appearance of skin in the following ways:
- Filling and softening wrinkles, fine lines and deep creases
- Improving the appearance of other imperfections like recessed scars
- Plumping up the cheeks
- Plumping thin lips
- Contouring the jaw line and other areas of the face
- Enhancing shallow contours
- Frown Lines
- Cheek Augmentation
- Under Eyes
- Smile Lines
- Droopy Lips
What are the common side effects of Dermal Fillers?
Common unwanted effects of an improperly performed dermal filler procedure commonly include bruising, redness and pain at the injection site.
Swelling, redness, firmness, itching and tenderness may be present for up two weeks. Use of cool packs may be used as needed.
- Sleep with your head elevated to reduce the amount of swelling.
- Do not massage or put pressure on the treated area, unless instructed by Shahnaz.
- Wait 4 hours to apply cosmetics, moisturizer or any lotions on the area.
- Avoid direct sunlight or extreme cold weather until initial swelling and/or redness has subsided.
- Do not do heavy aerobic exercises, or do anything to raise your core body temperature or blood pressure for 24 hours.
- The results will be immediate, but its best effects are noted after swelling has resolved.
- Motrin or Advil (Ibuprofen), or Tylenol (Acetaminophen) may be used as directed on the bottle, for any discomfort after injection.
- Benadryl 25-50mg, per directions on bottle, may be used for itching. Benadryl can make you sleepy. Do not drive or perform any activities accordingly.
- The use of Arnica Montana (available at health food stores), may help with bruising. It is available topically and orally. Follow bottle directions.
- Lumps, bumps or irregular, asymmetrical areas may be noted, especially once swelling has subsided. It is normal to feel lumps and bumps, however they should not be visible.
- Any severe swelling, itching, redness, increasing discomfort or discharge from treated area should be reported to the office.
- Periodic touch-ups will help sustain the desired level of correction.
- It can take up to TWO weeks for swelling and any bruising to subside. If additional filler is desired an area of pervious treatment, your provider may ask you to wait until the 2 weeks has passed.
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Time: About 30 minutes
Price: Varies depending on the areas being treated
Patients visiting Shahnaz receive a full range of aesthetic services in the comfort of Total Woman Healthcare.
Shahnaz offers complimentary consultations where her client's needs can be evaluated, and a treatment plan developed.
Anti-aging and beauty treatments include Botox® Cosmetic and Dermal Fillers such as Restylane™, Juvederm and Voluma.
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