Dermal Fillers 101

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If the little tell-tale signs of aging are starting to stare back at you when you look in the mirror, you may wonder what minimally invasive options are available to you. Aging naturally reduces the layer of fat just under the skin. This can make a formerly plump and taut appearance turn to sallow and deflated.

Dermal fillers can help turn back the clock. Here's what you should know about this non-invasive plastic surgery alternative.

What Is Dermal Filler?

These injectable cosmetic fillers are frequently made from hyaluronic acids, sugars, and collagen sourced from animals or manufactured in a laboratory. Fat from your own excess is another option.

How Do They Work?

Injections of dermal filler are put under the skin in areas where there has been noticeable loss. The lips are a frequent target, but it can also be used around the eyes, anywhere there are facial wrinkles and the nasolabial folds around the nose and cheekbones.

Do Dermal Fillers Work As Well As A Facelift?

No. Dermal fillers are a temporary solution for the initial stages of aging or as a supplement to a facelift. But their use will delay the need for a facelift.

How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last?

Depending on which product is used, dermal fillers can last anywhere from six months to two years.

Do Dermal Filler Injections Hurt?

Needles can make many people anxious, especially if they are coming towards your face or eyes. However, in addition to the dermal filler, the mild anesthesia lidocaine is mixed in with it. This will reduce the minor pain that can result. Acetaminophen can be used if there is any pain, but most people don't have any serious issues with pain from the procedure.

Are There Any After Effects?

Minor bruising and swelling can result, but it usually subsides within a week or so. Ice and staying away from blood thinners, such as ibuprofen and aspirin, will reduce the bruising. Other adverse side effects are extremely rare, but there is a small risk of an allergic reaction with some dermal fillers.

Can The Results Be Reversed?

It's important to wait a couple of weeks for the swelling and bruising to subside before deciding if you are happy with your results. However, on the off-chance you decide you don't care for the effects, dermal filler that was performed with hyaluronic acid can be reversed by injecting an enzyme into the site, thereby dissolving it.