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Douglas A. Taranow, DO, FACOS

Types of Dermal Fillers and Questions to Ask Before Your Treatment

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Posted September 27, 2018 in Injectable Fillers

Has your skin lost firmness and fullness? Are you starting to notice lines on your face? Loss of volume, fine lines, and wrinkles are some of the most obvious signs of aging. If you are concerned about facial wrinkles or recessed features but do not want to undergo an invasive procedure, injectable fillers may be the answer for you. Thanks to the latest cosmetic developments, there are many non-surgical treatments available that will bring back your plump, youthful skin.

img-blog-Plastic Surgery ConceptThese treatments are known as dermal or facial fillers, which involve injecting gels into the skin to restore radiance and volume. They are much more effective than superficial wrinkle treatments because they can be used to treat deeper lines and creases in addition to improving facial definition.

Types of Dermal Fillers

Restylane®: Restylane® is used to plump the skin, minimize moderate to severe facial wrinkles (such as the nasolabial folds), and enhance volume in the lips for patients over the age of 21. This product is made of hyaluronic acid, a substance that is naturally produced by the body. Your results can last up to six months.

JUVÉDERM®: This injectable gel is also composed of hyaluronic acid. It is used to smooth creases on the cheeks and around the mouth (“marionette lines”). It can also be used to plump the lips. The effects of this treatment can last six to nine months.

JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC: This is used to fill in sunken cheeks, lift the jowls, and correct deep wrinkles. JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC helps hydrate the skin and improve elasticity and strength. It can last up to two years when injected into the cheeks.

Restylane® Lyft™ (formerly Perlane-L®): This product is similar to the original Restylane® filler, but it contains larger particles and is injected deeper into the skin. It is best used when a patient has severe wrinkles that cannot be treated with more superficial injectables. The results of this treatment usually last about six months.

RADIESSE®: This injectable is appropriate for treating lines and deep wrinkles in the lower face, such as smile lines and chin wrinkles. It can also restore volume to the back of the hands. RADIESSE® contains calcium hydroxylapatite microspheres, which are suspended in an aqueous solution to immediately add volume where it is lacking. Over time, it stimulates collagen production for long-lasting results that can last up to a year or longer.

Important Questions to Ask Your Specialist

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You may have some questions before you go in for a dermal filler treatment. Before deciding which filler is right for you, make sure that you discuss your questions and concerns with your doctor. Some examples of what to ask your specialist include:

  • Will I see the difference right away?

You will see a noticeable improvement immediately after your treatment, but there may be some swelling for the first couple of days.

  • How long will my results last?

Your results can last anywhere from six months to two years. This will vary based on your body’s reaction and the type of injectable used.

  • Are there any risks involved with dermal filler treatment?

As with any cosmetic treatment, there are some risks involved with fillers, such as soreness or infection in the treatment area. Other, less common risks include acute pain, facial asymmetry, and nodules at the injection site.

  • How long will it take to recover from my treatment?

Because injectable treatment is minimally invasive, the recovery time will be short. You may experience some redness or slight bruising, but this should dissipate within a week.

Dermal fillers are an excellent solution for issues like wrinkles, scars, sunken cheeks, and thin lips. They can make your skin look smoother and give your face a refreshed, youthful look. While more severe facial issues may need to be treated with surgery, injectables are perfect for those who do not wish to undergo surgery or who do not have significant wrinkles and sagging.

To schedule your consultation today, contact Dr. Taranow’s office at (212) 772-2100 and find out if injectable fillers are a good choice for you.