hat are dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers are used to reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles and folds in the face, create plump lips (lip augmentation or lip enhancement), as well as to restore the cheek volume lost over time—one of the major signs of aging. Other uses include improving the appearance of the nose, chin and jawline ( ”liquid nose job,” “liquid rhinoplasty,” “liquid chin augmentation”), contouring the face, softening the appearance of depressed scars, and restoring firmness to the earlobes.
Are there different types of dermal fillers?
Yes. The most popular dermal fillers are made of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a type of sugar found naturally in the body. It is one of the main substances that makes skin plump and firm. There are different formulations of hyaluronic acid (Juvederm®, Vollure®, Volbella®, Voluma®), each with their special properties and indications.
Juvederm®/Juvederm Ultra®/Juvederm Ultra Plus®/Vollure®—great for softening the nasolabial folds (the folds running from the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth), contouring the face, and plumping the lips
Volbella®—best for fine lines, but also for lip augmentation and softening the circles under the eyes
Voluma®—amazing for restoring the youthful fullness (the “apple”) of the cheeks
Many times a combination of dermal fillers–layering them–gives the ultimate result! (Juvederm/Vollure® and Volbella® for lip augmentation, Voluma® and Volbella ®for the circles/bags under the eyes). Sometimes this is referred to as a “liquid face lift.”
Having been a clinical investigator studying Juvederm® for Allergan® (think Botox®, Coolsculpting®, Natrelle® breast implants etc.), you can count on getting the expert guidance you need to obtain wonderful results!
Are the results of dermal fillers permanent?
Although long lasting, no hyaluronic acid filler is permanent. Depending on the type used and the location placed, you may need touch up injections anywhere from several months to a year or more. For some uses, such as lip augmentation, repeat treatment may be needed sooner.
What dermal fillers can’t do:
Although dermal fillers can provide amazing facial rejuvenation, there comes a time when more is needed. When the skin and soft tissues of the face loosen and sag it is likely that a face lift may be needed. As board certified plastic surgeons, unlike other types of injectors, we have the ability of not only knowing when more than a filler is required, but the training and skill to safely see you through the process.