Dermal fillers are a non-invasive way to get rid of wrinkles and lines that come with getting older. Most fillers work by injecting natural substances like hyaluronic acid into the skin of the face. This gets rid of wrinkles and makes the skin look younger and brighter. In this article we’ll look at dermal fillers, how they work, and what treatment sessions look like.
About Dermal Fillers
Wrinkles affect different parts of our faces in different ways. They can be caused by the body’s natural aging process, fat loss in the face, or just plain gravity. People who get stressed out a lot may get wrinkles around their furrowed brows, while those who are more happy may get laugh lines around their lips and nose. The wrinkles on a person’s face are like a map of the emotions that they experience most often. Wrinkles can be small, like parentheses around the mouth, or deep, like tear troughs under the eyes. They can also be in a lot of different places on the face. As people get older, these lines may get deeper and longer. If you don’t do anything about them, these wrinkles will keep getting deeper into the skin.
Juvederm is a dermal filler that is injected and contains hyaluronic acid, which is actually a chemical that the body also makes on its own. Hyaluronic acid has been shown to cushion and lubricate joints and to make the skin more moisturized. When injected into the face, hyaluronic acid binds with water molecules in cells to help plump up the surrounding tissue. This causes the area to expand outward, which smooths out the wrinkles on the outside skin.
There are numerous different formulas in the Juvederm collection, each of which is made to focus on a different area. There’s a Juvederm solution for almost everything, from fuller lips to getting rid of crow’s feet. A well-trained and skilled medical professional can review your situation and figure out which solution is best for your personal beauty goals.
Lidocaine, a local anesthetic, is contained inside Juvederm formulas, so the area where it is injected becomes numb. This makes the shot almost painless. Appointments for injections are quick, taking between 15 and 60 minutes, depending on the area being treated. When the hyaluronic acid is injected, it binds to the water molecules in the cells. This means that the results are seen right away.
Radiesse is another highly-effective dermal filler. Unlike Juvederm’s use of hyaluronic acid, Radiesse has calcium microspheres in it that make collagen deep in the dermis. This calcium compound is also found in your bones and teeth. When this compound is injected into the treatment area, it encourages the body’s own collagen to grow back. About 75%–80% of your skin is made up of the protein collagen. When collagen levels drop, wrinkles and lines appear on the face. By making the skin around the face fuller, this newly released collagen helps to smooth out wrinkles and lines.
- Since the procedure is non-invasive and does not require an overnight stay in the hospital, there is no downtime.
- Results right away because the calcium microspheres bind to the skin molecules right away.
- Patients who have used Radiesse have reported that it works for up to two years.
Dermal Filler Candidates
The best candidate for dermal fillers is someone over the age of 18 who wants their skin to look brighter and smoother. Since fillers are made from things that are already in the human body, allergic reactions are almost impossible.
During your private consultation, your doctor will go over your medical history and make a note of whether or not this is your first time using dermal fillers. If it is, or if you need a refresher on the treatments, they will explain what each filler does and how it works to get rid of wrinkles. You can point out places on your face that bother you or that you would like to see improved. Taking all of this into account, your doctor will make a treatment plan that will get you the results you want. Then, you’ll be given a list of things to do before your treatment starts.
It is important to:
- Make sure to follow the instructions you were given during your consultation.
- Avoid medicines that thin the blood, like ibuprofen and aspirin, because they could make you bleed during and after the injections.
- Don’t drink alcohol for 1–2 days before/after the treatment. Alcohol can cause facial tissues to swell, which can make the treatment harder and slow down recovery afterward.
- Don’t take anti-inflammatory drugs after getting injections because they can slow down the body’s natural healing process.
During the treatment, your injector will place a pillow behind your head and focus on the areas you talked about in your consultation. They will use the right filler to target your wrinkles and lines in a way that fits your personalized treatment plan. After injecting the solution into the areas they want to change, they will massage it under the skin to even out any differences. Then, you’ll be able to go about your day looking instantly younger and smoother.
The best thing about Juvederm and Radiesse is that they don’t need any recovery time. Dermal fillers are a quick and painless solution for people with busy lives because they don’t require surgery. No more spending the night in the hospital or waiting a long time for treatment at a medspa. Even during your lunch break, you can change the way you look.
Instant results can be seen right away, but the final results of Radiesse and Juvederm may take up to a week to show. There may be some initial and termpoary swelling that will prevent you from evaluating the actual treatment results.
How Much Do Dermal Fillers Cost?
Many things must be taken into account to figure out how much your procedure will cost. First, you’ll decide during your consultation which procedure(s) you need to get the results you want. Next, it’s important to take into account the patient’s age, body type, and medical history. All of these things can change how much your dermal filler treatment may cost.