Dermal fillers, for the most part, are synthetic hyaluronic acids that provide volume where it’s been lost in the skin. That could be in the face, on the neck or otherwise. Thankfully, we have many options for hyaluronic acid fillers that include very thin fillers, that provide more of a hydration effect for fine lines, bulkier fillers that provide more lift, structure, and volume, and fillers that provide a little of both that are smooth and move with you during talking, kissing, frowning, etc.
As suggested by the term “injectable”, they must be injected into the skin with a needle and differ from hyaluronic acid serums or lotions that are used for skincare. Today’s fillers, include Restylane products – Restylane, Restylane Silk, Restylane Refyne, Restylane Defyne, Restylane Lyft, and Juvederm Products – Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra Plus, Juvederm Voluma, Juvederm Volbella, and Juvederm Vollure. Dr. Steele Johnson has her favorite areas in the face or body to use each of these for their specific properties and how they interact with the skin in different areas. After proper injection, the fillers look indistinguishable from your own tissue.
Perfect For: Nasolabial folds/smile lines, marionette lines, lip augmentation, undereye circles/hollows, aging hands
Procedure Time: 30 min
Recovery Type & Time: Potential bruising, swelling x 3-5 days; makeup ok
Results: 9-12 months
When you come in for treatment, we apply a numbing cream to the areas. This mostly helps dull the feeling of the needle going in. All of the dermal fillers have an anesthetic in them as well, which helps with the actual product going in. Dr. Steele Johnson uses a combination of needles and cannulas for the best results in different areas to minimize bruising and maximize accuracy. You will see an instant result following treatment and some swelling will follow. Usually swelling is only such that you will notice and not that others notice.
After treatment for some areas and some fillers, Dr. Steele Johnson may have you massage some areas, and others not. There really isn’t a requirement to do much after treatment, except gently rub anti-bruising cream a couple of times a day. You may resume exercise the next day and for the next 2-3 days, and avoid putting your face down in a contoured shape like a massage table.
Although many fillers say that they last for 1-2 years, the reality is that they don’t just disappear at that time mark. They are gradually going away almost immediately after they are placed, and you are losing additional volume in your skin as time goes on. We find that most of our patients want to touch up their fillers anywhere between 6 and 12 months. This is not when all the product previously placed is gone, but when you start to notice the lines, folds, or creases again and you want to treat before it gets back to baseline
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