What is dermal filler?
The Filler is a copy of a naturally-occurring sugar in your skin, also known as hyaluronic acid (HA). The role of HA in the skin is to deliver nutrients, hydrate the skin by holding in water, and to act as a cushioning agent and when injected into the facial tissue can improve structure and volume. It is very effective at gently easing out lines and creases that can appear with age. Correction with dermal filler is temporary; therefore, repeat injections are usually needed to maintain optimal results.
What can I expect during my filler appointment?
After a thorough consultation and approved treatment plan, topical anesthetic will be applied to treatment areas. Most dermal fillers incorporate a local anesthetic to make the experience as comfortable as possible, but most injections are easily tolerated.
All dermal fillers offered are FDA approved and include:
JUVEDERM (Ultra XC, Ultra Plus XC, Volbella, Vollure, and Voluma XC)
RESTALYNE (Classic, Lyft, Contour, Refyne, Defyne, and Kysse) are colorless hyaluronic acid gels that are injected into the facial tissue to smooth wrinkles and folds
How do dermal fillers work?
Dermal filler is injected directly under the skin using a fine needle or cannula. Most fillers incorporate a local anesthetic that improves comfort during treatment. Fillers replace lost volume that occurs with the natural aging process.
How long do dermal fillers last?
Depending on your treatment area and goals, we will help you choose the best filler. Dermal fillers can last for 6 to 9 months or up to 2 years. The addition of neurotoxin treatments can improve the longevity.
Who should avoid dermal filler?
Women who are pregnant and/or breast-feeding, people with severe allergies or a history of anaphylaxis and consumers of blood thinning medications such as Warfarin or Heparin.
To reduce bruising and bleeding, a week before treatment avoid aspirin, Excedrin, Aleve, fish oil, ibuprofen, Vitamin E and alcohol consumption.
We recommend waiting a minimum of 2 weeks from 2nd COVID vaccination or booster, before receiving dermal filler.
Are there any side effects of Dermal Filler?
Most possible side effects are related to the action of injecting the skin, not the product itself. These include: redness, bruising, swelling, itching, tenderness around injection site and potential lumps in the treated area. These can be reduced by ice and massage. If you are prone to cold sores, there is a small chance that one will occur following a lip enhancement.
- Vascular Occlusion: In very rare instances (1 in 15,000) blood supply can be disrupted. Although treatable, it requires emergent management and may result in damage to tissue and scarring.
What is the recovery time following filler treatment?
Essentially there is no recovery time with dermal filler injections, however timing of treatment should be considered if patient has upcoming special events. Patients should avoid excessive alcohol, exercise or sun for the first 24 hours.
Common Treatment areas:
- Cheeks (Mid-face)
- Smile Lines
Injectables: Botox, Dysport, & Jeuveau
- Sculptra® is a temporary, injectable filler.
- The treatment can be used to treat static lines and wrinkles in the lower face.
- Sculptra® can be used to restore and improve the appearance of facial features as well.
- It might take weeks, months, or even years for the effects of therapy to manifest. The body’s natural collagen synthesis must be stimulated.
- Results can last for up to two years.
Why Do Patients Choose Sculptra®?
Sculptra® Aesthetic is a medical treatment that aims to restore lost collagen in the mid-to-lower face and chin region. Patients choose the product to treat early indications of aging such as wrinkles, creases, and folds in the lower face, hollow cheeks, sunken eyes, and indentations on the skin. Sculptra® injectable filler differs from other fillers on the market in that it gradually replaces lost collagen beneath the skin’s surface over time for longer-lasting results.
Sculptra® is a non-surgical option for those who are not yet ready for a surgical procedure such as a facelift or whose problems are not severe enough to justify one. When patients choose treatment with Sculptra®, they may obtain an improved look without the use of incisions or downtime.
How Does It Work?
Sculptra® is a procedure that uses a chemical solution to stimulate the body’s collagen growth, causing minor volume loss as a result. Unlike other dermal fillers, Sculptra® results may last up to two years or longer. By producing natural collagen and aging with you, Sculptra® treatments restore a natural fullness to the face and help improve appearance. To get optimal long-term effects, most people require 2-3 Sculptra® injections, which should be spaced 6-8 weeks apart.
Sculptra® Treatment With Your Own Personalization
Prior to treatment, one of our nurse injectors or plastic surgeons will meet with you to go over your concerns and objectives, as well as evaluate your face in order to see if Sculptra® is the best option. To reduce discomfort, a numbing cream may be used on the regions being treated. Sculptra® is injected beneath the skin’s surface where there is visible volume loss using a small needle. After treatment, your injector may need to gently massage the region. The whole procedure takes between 20 and 30 minutes, depending on how many areas are being injected. A typical session lasts around 20-30 minutes.
Sculptra® is a nonsurgical procedure that allows patients to resume their daily routine as soon as possible. However, following these suggestions might assist patients in achieving maximum comfort:
- Apply ice to the region to minimize edema.
- Do not massage or exfoliate the affected region.
- After treatment, don’t exercise excessively for the first 24 hours.
Your Sculptra® Results
You will not see immediate results following your treatment. Sculptra® creates new collagen growth, which over time will increase volume under the skin’s surface. Results may not be visible for a few months. The number of overall treatments you need will be determined by your goals and the advice of your injector. Redness, discomfort, little swelling or bruising, and minor tenderness are all possible post-treatment symptoms that go away in a few hours to a few days.
Sculptra® has been shown in clinical studies to last up to 2 years or more in some patients with the correct number of treatments. Patients may have a touch-up treatment after Sculptra® dissolves to keep their collagen production levels up.
Additional Treatment Options
Patients are sometimes injected with a dermal filler at the same time as Sculptra®. While patients wait for the Sculptra® treatments to gradually take effect, a dermal filler will give immediate relief. This approach is referred to as “layering.” During your examination, we can go into further detail about this technique.
Sculptra® can enhance the skin by stimulating new collagen formation, but signs of aging will return when treatment is stopped. If more severe symptoms of aging develop, patients may opt for a surgical procedure such as a facelift or brow rejuvenation to improve sagging and smooth the skin.
Your Sculptra® Consultation At Intentional Aesthetics and Wellness
If you’re looking for the best outcomes from your Sculptra® treatment, only hire a qualified and experienced injector. Our professional injectors will meet with you to verify that you are a candidate for treatment or suggest another alternative.
Book a Consultation to learn about our injection therapies, such as Sculptra®, or to book an appointment, contact our office at 720-892-5054