Dermal Filler Injections
Dermal fillers are soft, gel-like substances that are injected under the skin. They can address a number of common concerns including lifting of cheekbones, volumization of the lips, smoothing of lip lines and nasolabilal folds (the creases that run from the side of the nose to the corners of the mouth), and rejuvenation of the hands.
Dermal fillers can be composed of a variety of substances, some naturally occurring and some synthetic. One of the most common compounds used in dermal fillers is hyaluronic acid (HA). HA is a naturally occurring substance found in our skin, and it plays a major role in keeping skin hydrated and volumized.
Hyaluronic acid fillers, such as Juvéderm and Restylane products, are a popular non-surgical option, offering temporary lip enhancement at an affordable cost. When administered by an experienced provider, dermal fillers can last 4 to 12 months and achieve soft, natural-looking results depending upon the region injected.
Patients need to avoid aspirin, oral anti-inflammatory medications(ibuprofen, Motrin, Aleve, naproxen, meloxicam, Celebrex), fish oil, vitamin E, ginkgo biloba and heavy alcohol consumption for one week prior to injection to lessen chance of bleeding & bruising.
Benefits of dermal lip fillers
Treatments take less than 60 minutes
Little to no downtime is needed
Improvements are usually noticeable immediately after treatment
Results are final within 2 weeks
Side effects are typically mild and include temporary bruising, swelling or redness at the injection site. Serious complications are extremely rare when treatment is performed by a qualified provider
Treatments must be repeated periodically to maintain results
A very small percentage of patients may be allergic to ingredients in manufactured fillers
Dermal fillers are contraindicated if active shingles or herpes infection in the intended injection area. Prophylactic antivirals to prevent virus reactivation are best considered if there is a history of herpes simplex infection in the intended injection area. Filler treatments are contraindicated in active autoimmune diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, mixed connective tissue disease, and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, scleroderma or allergy to lidocaine. Patients with multiple, severe allergies and a history of anaphylaxis are not candidates for dermal filler injections.
Dental procedures and visits to the oral hygienist are best avoided during the 2–4-week period before and after filler treatment to reduce the risk of hematogenous bacterial seeding and potential development of biofilm. Teeth bleaching/whitening frequently implies concomitant dental descaling and should also be avoided during this period.
Injectable poly-L-lactic acid.
Sculptra Aesthetic is intended for use in people with healthy immune systems as a one time treatment regimen of up to 4 injection sessions that are scheduled about 3 weeks apart for correction of shallow to deep nasolabial fold contour deficits & other facial wrinkles.
Sculptra Aesthetic stimulates your skin’s own natural collagen production to increase overall facial volume. Unlike hyaluronic acid fillers, Sculptra is a poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) based treatment. One injected, it begins working deep within the skin to stimulate collagen production, reinforcing the skin’s inner structure and restoring volume.
Sculptra works subtly and gradually over time for results that can last 2 years.
Not for use with people that are allergic to any ingredient in the product or have a history of keloid formation or hypertrophic scarring.