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Leslie Apgar, MD
Changing the Face Of Aging
Pura Vida MedSpa and Cosmetic Laser Center
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Changing the Face Of Aging

What Are Dermal Fillers?

Twenty years ago, if you wanted to get rid of wrinkly, sagging skin, there was basically one way to do it going under the knife for a face-lift. Today, a range of dermal fillers can be injected into those crow's feet, marionette lines, thinning lips and furrows between the brows, taking years off the face and all can be done during your lunch hour, with no invasive surgery and little recovery time.

Dermal fillers have been called “liquid facelifts” because they offer many of the benefits of a surgical facelift without the downtime. Although they can't help with excess sagging skin, these soft tissue fillers can add more volume and provide immediate results at a lower cost than surgery.

What To Expect

A dermal filler treatment entails a series of tiny injections under the skin's surface at the subdermal-dermal levels. The amount administered depends on the depth and size of the skin defect or wrinkle.

The average length of filler injections is about 1020 minutes per session, depending on the individual and the amount of areas being treated. Some of the most common side effects include bruising at injection site, numbness, and temporary redness, swelling, pain/tenderness, or discoloration. Dermal filler injections require very minimal downtime, allowing patients to return to work and their normal activities directly following treatment. For the first 24 hours, individuals may be instructed to refrain from strenuous activities and excessive sun or heat exposure.

Some Common Dermal Fillers are

Juvederm Facial Filler Made of a hyaluronic acid gel, Juvederm is a naturally-occurring substance in the skin that contributes to volume and hydration. Juvederm is designed to temporarily correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds.

Restylane Facial Filler A non-animal, biodegradable gel composed of hyaluronic acid, Restylane is a soft tissue dermal filler that adds volume to the skin through tiny injections, smoothing facial folds and wrinkles in areas around the mouth and eyes.

Radiesse A synthetic dermal filler made of calcium hydroxyapatite is utilized for the correction of moderate to severe wrinkles and folds. This injectable is a longer-lasting filler because the body forms collagen around the microspheres, adding bulk to the injected areas.

Results of Dermal Fillers

In general, the results from most dermal fillers are temporary; commonly lasting from a few months to about a year. This depends on the type of facial fillers or filler injections used. For optimal results, additional treatment sessions are encouraged.

Some dermal fillers are used in conjunction with other skin rejuvenation treatments. Your doctor will assess your needs and recommend one or a combination of treatments to achieve your desired outcome.

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