Are you getting frustrated by skin care products that do little to smooth your lines and wrinkles? Maybe it’s time to consider dermal fillers.
Dermal fillers or soft tissue fillers is one of the top five minimally invasive cosmetic procedures being performed today in the U.S. Here’s everything you need to know about the procedure and if it’s right for you!
What are Dermal Fillers?
A dermal filler is a sterile, safe material that gets injected into your face to help plump up the area and fill in lines and wrinkles. It can also add volume to areas of the face to hep enhance features.
A lot of people these days are receiving dermal fillers to smooth out smile lines and crow’s feet or give lips a bee stung look. Dermal fillers can also be used to help fade scars, particularly those caused by acne. They can make cheekbones stand out and treat dark circles under the eyes.
As we age we lose collagen, the substance in our skin that keeps it looking lifted and firm. Smoking and sun exposure can also cause our skin to age more rapidly. Dermal fillers can help counteract some of this damage and signs of aging.
The dermal filler itself can be made of any number of medically-approved materials. One of the most common ones is hyaluronic acid, which the human body actually produces. Several branded dermal filler procedures such as Juvederm and Restylane use hyaluronic acid.
Some plastic surgeons can also use fat taken from other areas of the body (such as the buttocks) and inject it as a dermal filler.
Do Dermal Fillers Hurt?
If dermal fillers are one of the cosmetic procedures you’re thinking of trying, you may be wondering if they hurt.
Since a dermal filler procedure requires getting a needle there may be some discomfort. Topical anesthetic is applied first to the area receiving the filler to minimize any pain.
A new kind of filler that contains lidocaine was recently approved by the FDA. This contains the same numbing substance your dentist uses and should cut down on any discomfort during the injection.
Afterwards, some clients experience soreness at the site of the injection. This typically fades away after a day or two.
How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last?
Sadly, one downfall of dermal fillers is they are not permanent. They eventually break down and are absorbed by the body. Most types of dermal fillers last between six months and a year.
This means you will need to visit a plastic surgeon or cosmetic clinic to keep up the effects.
The cost varies per client and how many areas of their face they want treated. Dermal fillers usually begin around $400-$500 and can cost over $1,000. The procedure will not be covered by health insurance because it is for cosmetic purposes.
Where Can I Have Dermal Fillers Done?
A plastic surgeon or cosmetic clinician trained and licensed in administrating dermal fillers can safely give you the treatment.
Many medical spas that focus just on cosmetic injections are another good option. These facilities, such as LuxLift Med Spa, will administer dermal fillers in a comfortable, relaxing, spa-like environment.
Dermal Fillers Can Be a Beauty Boost
Dermal fillers can be a great treatment for wrinkles and help you feel your personal best. But they’re not the only way to feel beautiful. Wearing makeup, the right hairstyle, and flattering clothing goes a long way, too.
Looking for more ways to look and feel your best? Read our latest beauty posts to learn about the latest cosmetic procedures and our other beauty tips!