What are Dermal Fillers?
How Do Dermal Fillers Work?
When Hyaluronic Acid (HA) gel is injected into the skin, it attracts water molecules and binds them to the surface, effectively amplifying fullness in a gentle, natural way. When dermal fillers are injected into deep-set wrinkles, they fill the area so the crease is no longer visible. Dermal fillers are also great for adding volume to thinning lips, cheeks, chin, and nose and are famous for treating age-related facial fat loss around the eyes and underneath the cheekbones. By filling in these hollows, you can subtly lift your features and reduce the amount of excess skin on your face.
The results from dermal filler injections usually last for about nine to twelve months.
What Types of Dermal Fillers Can I Choose From?
Dermal fillers are available in a variety of different consistencies. The thicker formulas are ideal for sculpting small areas, like the lips, nose, or philtrum. On the other hand, thin fillers produce softer effects, making them perfect for amplifying larger areas of the face like the cheeks.
At Ageless Aesthetics, Dr. McCoy offers the following types of dermal fillers:
- Juvederm XC- 6-12 months
- Juvederm XC Plus 6- 12 months
What Other Injectables Does Dr. McCoy Offer?
While not technically a dermal filler, Kybella® does aid in the overall contour of the face, specifically the chin and jaw. Its main job is to help eliminate subcutaneous fat from the chin. For those who struggle with that stubborn double chin that won’t seem to go away even with diet and exercise, and even if you’re at a healthy weight, Kybella is the perfect match for that stubborn fat. Kybella is composed of synthetic deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into the fat beneath the chin, Kybella begins eradicating stubborn fat cells, resulting in reduced fullness underneath the chin.
During your consultation, Dr. McCoy will examine your face and help you decide on the best treatment for you and your individual aesthetic goals.
How are Dermal Fillers Different Than Botox?
Though Botox® and dermal fillers are both used to treat fine lines and wrinkles, they work very differently from each other. Botox® is used to treat dynamic wrinkles (creases that appear when we smile or squint or frown) by temporarily relaxing the specific muscles that trigger those creases. Fillers treat static wrinkles (creases that are visible even when the face is relaxed) by filling in lines and spaces which strengthen thin, loose skin.
What to Expect During a Dermal Filler Treatment
Prior to your dermal filler injections, Dr. McCoy will first mark the injection locations on your skin with a marking pen. She will then apply an anesthetic cream to the skin which makes the treatment more comfortable. Finally, she injects controlled amounts of filler into the marked areas that require volume enhancement. Dr. McCoy is careful to avoid over-filling the face, as this can create an artificial, or puffy, appearance.
Dermal filler treatments are generally painless. You may experience some tenderness and redness around the injection sites after your appointment, but these symptoms typically go away naturally over the next day or two. You’ll be able to resume your normal activities immediately after your filler injections.
Are You a Good Candidate for Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are generally safe for most people. However, if you have any severe health conditions, a compromised immune system, or a bleeding disorder, consult your doctor before undergoing treatment. You should also delay dermal fillers if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
If you feel you meet these general criteria and would like to see how dermal fillers can benefit you, your next step is to schedule a friendly consultation with Dr. McCoy.
Why Choose Dr. McCoy for My Facial Fillers in Snoqualmie, WA?
Dr. McCoy fulfills her passion for aesthetic medicine by offering anti-aging treatments to help her guests look and feel their absolute best. She truly believes that helping her patients reach their aesthetic goals can also make them feel better and more confident.
Dr. McCoy prides herself on her continuing education and innovative use of new products and techniques to help her guests look and feel their absolute best. She truly believes that helping her patients reach their aesthetic goals can also boost their self-confidence and quality of life.
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Dermal Filler FAQs in Snoqualmie, WA
Most dermal fillers today consist of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring polysaccharide that is present in skin and cartilage. There is also lidocaine in the syringes to make it a more comfortable injection. Some people may need more than one injection to achieve the wrinkle-smoothing effect. The effect lasts for about six months or longer.
There is no true downtime after filler placement. There may be redness, swelling and pain after treatment. Recovery time varies for each patient and for each type of filler injected. Lips for example will swell quite a bit the first day and following day of treatment. You can resume most activities right away, but it is generally recommended that you avoid intense physical activity for the first 24-48 hours to minimize swelling and bruising. it is best not to have the treatment right before an event, party or occasion as everyone responds differently.