Do you ever wish you could reverse some of the effects of aging on your face? Or maybe you yearn to enhance naturally thin or small lips. If either of these applies to you, dermal fillers at Revive Wellness Group in Perrysburg, OH, might be right for you.
Keep reading to get the answers to nine of the most frequently asked questions about this popular injectable treatment.
1. What Are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are an injectable treatment that aims to add subtle volume to areas that need it. Several brands of dermal filler are available today – including Juvéderm and Restylane – that sport entire families of injectables, each with slightly different formulas and purposes.
For example, Restylane Kysse is ideal for adding volume to lips, whereas Restylane Refyne is better for smoothing fine lines and wrinkles.
2. What Do Dermal Filler Injections Contain?
The active ingredient in dermal fillers depends on the brand. Most dermal fillers use hyaluronic acid as their main ingredient, but some outliers use other compounds such as calcium hydroxylapatite and poly-L-lactic acid.
All of the dermal fillers we offer in-office are formulated with hyaluronic acid to provide quick and natural-looking results. Some fillers also contain a small amount of lidocaine to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure.
3. How Are Dermal Fillers Different from Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin?
Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin are three injectables commonly used to smooth out wrinkles and restore a more youthful appearance. As such, they are frequently confused with dermal fillers. But these treatments work very differently and cannot be used interchangeably.
Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin contain a neurotoxin that gently forces your facial muscles to relax. These injectables are known as neuromodulators and are intended to address the appearance of dynamic wrinkles. However, they are not good for wrinkles caused by natural collagen and volume loss.
On the other hand, dermal fillers excel at treating areas affected by collagen and volume loss due to hyaluronic acid’s natural ability to attract and retain nearby moisture.
Dermal fillers do not interfere with any neural pathways, so they cannot relax the muscles responsible for dynamic wrinkles, but they do fill in the empty space left behind by gradual collagen loss.
4. Where Can Dermal Fillers Be Used?
We use dermal fillers to address a variety of mild to moderate signs of aging, including:
- Nasolabial folds
- Marionette lines
- Smile lines
- Acne scars
- Hollowed-out cheeks
- Under eye bags or troughs
- Crow’s feet
- Vertical lines around your mouth
- Horizontal forehead wrinkles
- Thinning lips (or naturally small lips)
Some dermal fillers – such as cheek fillers and lip fillers – have very targeted applications, while others can be used in multiple areas. If you have a naturally weak jawline, we can also use dermal fillers to improve the contour of your jawline and create a more refined and sculpted appearance.
5. What Is the Treatment Like?
When you arrive for dermal filler treatment, we will guide you to one of our comfortable and clean treatment rooms. Next, we will locate and prep the best injection sites based on your skin’s condition and what kind of results you’re hoping to achieve.
Then, we inject the filler solution into the appropriate areas around your face using a very fine-tipped, sterile needle. Once all the filler is injected, we will go over your aftercare instructions and send you on your way. Most treatment sessions are done in under 20 minutes.
It’s important to note that if you have an active skin infection or rash at any of the injection sites, we will have to postpone your treatment until it clears up.
6. How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last?
The exact length of time dermal fillers last depends on which type of filler you received, where it was injected, and whether it was your first treatment. There is some evidence to suggest dermal fillers will last longer the first time you get them, but everyone’s body is unique.
Depending on the formula used in the injection, dermal filler can last anywhere from 3 to 12 months. Thicker gels – like those used in lip fillers and cheek fillers – tend to last longer, whereas thinner solutions tend to spread out and get absorbed more quickly.
7. How Much Downtime Is Required After Getting Dermal Fillers?
One of the biggest benefits of dermal fillers is that they don’t require any downtime or intensive aftercare. Once your treatment is complete, you can immediately resume your normal daily activities. There are some basic post-care instructions you should follow, but we will review them with you before and after your treatment.
8. Which Dermal Filler Is Right for Me?
The answer to this question hinges on several highly individualized factors that we cannot know before meeting with you for a consultation.
At your consultation, we will assess your skin’s condition and discuss your concerns, goals, and expectations. This will help us determine whether you’re a good candidate for treatment and which dermal filler is right for you.
9. Are Dermal Fillers Safe?
All of the dermal fillers we offer are FDA-approved and have been shown to be safe in numerous clinical trials. In general, hyaluronic acid fillers are extremely safe and carry the lowest chance of triggering an allergic reaction of any dermal filler.
This is because hyaluronic acid is found naturally within your body, so you’re not introducing an entirely foreign substance.
Getting Started with Dermal Fillers in Perrysburg, OH
If you’re ready to experience the perks of dermal fillers, we can help you get started. Whether you’re interested in lip filler, cheek filler, or wrinkle-erasing filler, you can take the first step toward smoother, younger-looking skin today by calling us to schedule your comprehensive consultation at Revive Wellness Group in Perrysburg, OH.