Dermal fillers can help rejuvenate the skin, smoothing fine lines and giving a fuller, more youthful appearance. With more than 20 years of experience smoothing wrinkles and reducing the visible signs of aging, Jeffrey Schiller, MD, can work with you to decide if dermal fillers are right for you.
What are Dermal Fillers?
A dermal filler is a biological or synthetic product that is injected beneath the skin to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles by filling them, and to restore loss of volume in the face as we lose fat, muscle, and even bone as we age. Though similar to other injectables like Botox, which works by preventing facial muscles from contracting, fillers can be used to add volume to hollow areas of the face including cheek and under-eye areas. The procedure is is performed in the office, is minimally invasive with a short recovery time, and it provides excellent results with few side effects.
Types of Dermal Fillers and Injectables
Sculptra not only fills creases, but it also encourages natural production of your own collagen, providing long-lasting results. The results can last up to two years, making Sculptra an excellent low-maintenance option.
Like Sculptra, Radiesse works both by acting as a filler under the skin and by stimulating the skin’s natural collagen production, resulting in longer lasting results. Radiesse is also great at filling deep lines, like the nasolabial folds or “laugh lines.”
Juvederm®, Restylane®, Voluma®, and Perlane®
Juvederm®, Restylane®, Voluma®, and Perlane® injections reintroduce a vital component to your skin, hyaluronic acid. Since the material absorbs moisture and expands after injection, it lifts the skin surface, reducing the appearance of fine lines. The results can last six to twelve months.
Belotero is a hyaluronic acid filler used specifically to smooth the nasolabial folds and vertical lines above the upper lip.
Perhaps the most readily recognized product on the market today, Botox is an injectable that relaxes the muscles under the skin, reducing fine lines and wrinkles. It is most commonly used to correct moderate to severe lines of the forehead, frown lines between the eyebrows, and “crows feet” at the corners of the eyes.
On the market since 2009, Dysport works similarly to Botox and contains the same active ingredient. Compared to Botox, it takes effect a bit faster.
Candidates for Injectables
Good candidates for injectable dermal fillers and Botox are physically active, don’t smoke, and have realistic expectations of the results that can be achieved through these injectables. Fillers are best used for candidates who wish to delay or avoid more invasive procedures.
Dermal Fillers Procedures
While each product has unique properties, the basic procedure for each is the same. Fillers are gently injected under the skin in the affected area, under local anesthesia. Patients will discuss their goals with Jeffrey Schiller, MD, and decide which filler or injectable would best suit their needs.