Dermal Facial Fillers
What are Dermal Fillers?
As our face ages, the skin, underlying muscles and soft tissue descend, and with the loss of fat volume, the resulting deep lines and hollows can create a sunken or tired look. Today’s dermal fillers can quickly and easily address these conditions. These simple in-office injections can help men and women maintain their youthful appearance without surgery. When used in conjunction with BOTOX® and PRP they provide a “liquid face lift.”
What is Juvéderm®, Restylane®, and Belotero®?
Juvéderm®, Restylane®, and Belotero® are three brands of dermal fillers (like Ford, Chrysler, and GM are three brands of cars). Dermal fillers are injectable products that are placed under the skin to fill indentations or to provide additional volume in areas that need augmentation. For example, permanent wrinkles and creases can be decreased by careful placement at the base of these problem areas. Another common use of these products is over the cheekbones, providing a subtle lift or projection of the mid-face, which decreases the drooping of the cheeks.
Each brand has a range of fillers that have different characteristics, each optimized for different situations. Thicker, stiffer fillers are generally used where more support and lift are needed, and where mobility is less important, such as over the cheekbones. Thinner, more flexible fillers are used where maintaining maximum mobility is important or where indentations are very superficial, such as in the lips.
Dermal fillers, such as Juvéderm, Restylane, and Belotero, take effect immediately and generally last about 9 months. Frequently, touch-up treatments do not require as much product as the initial treatment.
Possible unintended effects of fillers are very rare, but include a subtle change in the skin tone in areas of thin skin, blockage of skin blood vessels, and lumps that can be felt under the skin.
Customized Filler Treatments to Address Your Needs
Specializing in plastic and facial surgery and board certified in Ophthalmology, Dr. Kimberly Cockerham’s knowledge of skin and facial musculature and her skilled aesthetic approach have helped thousands achieve a natural, more youthful appearance with fillers. In recognition of her expertise in the most advanced facial filler techniques, she has been selected to be in the Liquid Face Lift Association.
The most popular fillers are natural products found in your own body’s tissues: hyaluronic acid (Juvéderm® and Perlane®) and calcium hydroxyapatite (Restlyane® and Radiesse®). After discussing your cosmetic goals and assessing your facial structure, Dr. Cockerham will recommend the most appropriate dermal filler treatments for your desired outcome.
Dermal fillers are able to address your following needs:
- Deep lines around the sides of the nose to the mouth (nasolabial folds)
- Loss of volume and fine lines on our around the lips
- Hollowing below the eyes or along the eyebrows
- Loss of cheek volume
- Lip, nose, or chin augmentation and shaping
- Facial deformities or scarring
How Long Do Results From Dermal Fillers Last?
Dermal facial fillers result in immediate visible effects. Fillers are injected in the office following topical anesthetic, and they result in immediate visible effects. Bruising or swelling is possible, so icing is recommended immediately following the procedure. Dermal fillers can stimulate collagen production and provide long-lasting enhancements that can last from months to years, depending on the product used and the site of injection.