Everything You Need To Know About Dermal Fillers

Injectables are a low risk, affordable, non-invasive option that can take years off your appearance. Juvederm products are the number one selling filler that helps soften wrinkles and add volume and fullness to the face. Each type of filler adds volume to a different area of the face to help enhance your cheeks, decrease the appearance of wrinkles, and plump your lips. The results are subtle and long lasting. We will be answering the most common questions regarding injectables so you have the information you need.

Lets start with the basics.

What are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are gel based and made up of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring component that delivers nutrients to the skin helping the skin soften, retain moisture, and add volume. There are many types of different dermal fillers that are used, but our Nurse Injector prefers Allergan products which consist of Juvederm, Voluma, Vollure, and Volbella.

How do these Injectables work?

As you age, your skin loses its ability to produce collagen and other proteins that keep your skin looking firm and hydrated. Without these proteins, your skin begins to show the signs of aging. Juvederm products add to your body’s supply of collagen and other proteins, which work together to restore your youthful complexion.

How long do the effects last?

You can enjoy the effects of Allergan products from 6 months to two years. The length of time varies from patients to patients and depends on the type and location of the product. Lips last anywhere from 6 months to 1 year, mid-face from 18 months to 2 years, tear troughs from 1 year to 18 months and nasal injections from 18 months to 2 years.

What if I dislike the way the filler looks?

We’re confident that you will love your new look, but if you do not, we can always remove or correct the effects. Dermal fillers should enhance your appearance by producing symmetrical, subtle, natural looking results. While the vast majority of patients are thrilled with their results, there may be some patients that decide dermal fillers are not for them. If this happens, your nurse injector can completely or partially remove the gel by injecting an enzyme into the skin to dissolve the product.

Are these injections painful and what type of recovery can I expect?

Any injections can cause mild discomfort but do not require pain relief medications. Our nurse injector uses a topical numbing ointment applied fifteen to twenty minutes prior to injections and also uses ice before, during, and after injections.

Recovery time for these dermal fillers are quick and patients can return to their normal activities the same day. You may experience some bruising and swelling following the injections, which should clear up in a couple days. Lip injections typically are the only injections that cause increased bruising and swelling, but not everyone bruises. Swelling with lip injections last anywhere from 24 -36 hours.

Are these injections safe?

Absolutely! Allergic reactions and infections are very rare. Its important to to use a well skilled nurse injector or a board certified plastic surgeon. Make sure you choose a reputable physician and nurse injector that uses high quality, FDA approved fillers to carry out your treatment.

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