When it comes to facial aesthetics, everyone is different. Over time, your skin can sag and lose elasticity. Your face may begin to lose volume or you may develop moderate to severe lines and folds around the nose and mouth. Fortunately, we offer a wide variety of treatments that are customized to your individual needs. One option is an injectable dermal filler.
What Are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal filler injections are a form of non-surgical cosmetic treatment that can help correct wrinkles and contour deficiencies for facial skin. Filler treatments can reduce the look of both deep and shallow smile lines (nasolabial folds), marionette lines, chin creases, and dimpling. Beyond treating lines and wrinkles, fillers can also be used to plump thin lips, reconstruct facial contour deformities, enhance the appearance of recessed scarring, and decrease shadows on your lower lids.
Dermal fillers do not use the same neurotoxin such as Dysport, which temporarily paralyzes muscles to reduce wrinkles. Filler treatments smooth out your skin by filling in wrinkles. Most fillers use hyaluronic acid, which is naturally occuring in the body. These hyaluronic acid fillers add to the natural plumping action and can replenish your bodys’ natural production, which diminishes as you age. Other treatment options may include fat transfers or collagen. During a fat transfer, your surgeon harvests your own body fat as a natural, living filler to restore a youthful appearance to target areas. Dr. Hess and Dr. Sandeen will discuss with you all of the options available, what your expectations are, and your specific goals to find a treatment plan that is customized to your needs and desires.
Benefits of Fillers
Dermal fillers have often been called “liquid facelifts” as they offer many of the benefits of a surgical facelift. While they cannot correct excess sagging skin, they can add more volume and soften facial fine lines and creases, all with only a single visit. Dermal fillers can also add to lip fullness, giving you the plump lips you have always dreamed about. Research suggests that hyaluronic acid injections may also stimulate collagen production, leading to fresher-looking skin in the long run.
Fillers aren’t just used to treat wrinkles, they can also be used to prevent them as well. In a 2015 study by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, more than half of member facial plastic surgeons saw an increase in cosmetic surgery or injectable treatments in patients under age 30. While there is no need to run out and get cosmetic surgery before you get wrinkles, prevention can be more beneficial than correction.
This treatment isn’t permanent and must be repeated and maintained. Results typically last for three to six months, depending where on your face you received the injections.
Combined Treatments With Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers can be combined with many different types of plastic surgeries or nonsurgical options to reduce signs of aging. They can be used in conjunction with a facelift, brow lift, or eyelid surgery. Some dermal fillers are used in conjunction with other skin rejuvenation treatments such as injections of botulinum toxin. Your plastic surgeon will assess your needs and recommend one or a combination of treatments to achieve your desired results.
Will Insurance Pay for Dermal Fillers?
Most health insurance companies do not cover cosmetic procedures such as dermal fillers. However, it is always important to contact your provider if you are not sure what they do or do not cover. We are committed to helping everyone look and feel their best. We offer financing through Care Credit for procedures that are not covered by standard insurance. Contact our office for more details.