As skin ages, both naturally and because of other factors such as sun damage and even diet, we lose collagen, fat and other natural moisturizing substances from our skin. With less of these, our skin becomes thinner and we start to see lines, wrinkles and folds developing. This is usually more noticeable on our faces.
Dermal fillers are minimally-invasive cosmetic treatments used to give patients a more youthful appearance by restoring volume or fullness to the face and lips. Dermal fillers work by reducing or eliminating lines, wrinkles and folds in the skin and the effect is seen immediately after treatment.
Various kinds of safe, natural and man-made materials are used as dermal fillers and have been specifically developed over the years for use in the skin. Two kinds of dermal fillers are usually suggested for the face: semi-permanent and non-permanent. The semi-permanent type including Radiesse and Sculptra lasts up to 18 months. The non-permanent fillers, such as Juvederm and Restylane, last for approximately 6-12 months, depending upon the site of application and the formulation of the material used.
Dermal fillers are supplied in a pre-filled sterile syringe for injection. They are manufactured in different thicknesses. Some are more gel-like, and others are more liquid. The thicker ones are used to restore the deeper folds or wrinkles such as those between the nose and corner of the mouth. The thinner ones are used more superficially for fine lines such as crow's feet.
A local anesthetic cream is used to make the treatment as comfortable as possible. The side effects are usually minor with the most common being related to the injection in the area being treated. These side effects typically last only one to three days and may involve mild bruising and slight bleeding.
While most people can benefit from dermal fillers, there are certain medications and conditions that may preclude its use. Schedule a complimentary consultation today with Dr. Cohen at Park Avenue Oral & Facial Surgery to see if dermal fillers are appropriate for you.