what you need to know about dermal fillers

Summary: There’s a lot that you should know about dermal fillers. But what, exactly you need to know will depend on your procedure and what you’re trying to accomplish, not to mention the filler you’re using. Talking to you cosmetic surgeon or to a medical professional about your dermal filler choices can help you choose the best possible option.

Here’s What You Should Know About Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are incredibly potent and powerful injectables used by cosmetic and plastic surgeons for a wide variety of purposes. What you should know about dermal fillers is going to vary. Different patients want to know different things. So what you should know about dermal fillers might be different from what your neighbor should know.

Even still, we’re going to try to cover some of the basics when it comes to fillers. We’re going to talk about what you need to know and what you should talk to your surgeon about.

You can, after all, get fillers from a few different places. You can visit a plastic surgeon, or go see a cosmetic surgeon, or go to your local medical spa. There might be a cosmetic surgery clinic where you can have this procedure performed as well. In other words, you can find dermal filler injections in a variety of places. But where ever you decide to go, it’s a good idea to schedule some time to talk with a medical professional, so you can get all of your questions answered about your dermal filler injections.

What Are Dermal Fillers?

The first question that most patients ask is pretty simple: what are dermal fillers, anyway? From a marketing standpoint, dermal fillers are pretty easy to explain. With names such as Juvederm and Voluma, you know many dermal fillers already. But it’s harder to know what they’re actually composed of.

Nearly all of the most popular dermal filler choices these days are composed of a hyaluronic acid base. That is, the hyaluronic acid is the starting point–there is plenty of variation that is engineered once the base is established.

That said:

  • Not all dermal filler are hyaluronic acid based.
  • Most dermal fillers that are not hyaluronic acid based are different for a specific reason (for example, Bellafill is designed to last for years)
  • Hyaluronic acid based fillers are temporary, lasting anywhere between 12 and 24 months.
  • Hyaluronic acid is a compound already found in your body, making it easy for your body to handle (you should check with your surgeon about potential allergies, however).

What Can Dermal Fillers Accomplish?

Once you know what a dermal filler is, it’s time to start answering another basic question: what can dermal fillers actually accomplish? For most patients, dermal fillers are going to produce subtle results. Whether you’re attempting to mitigate wrinkles or change the shape of your nose, dermal fillers are only going to be able to do so much.

But human beings are wired to notice the face and everything about it. So even subtle changes can make a big impact. And dermal fillers are formulated to do just that:

  • Some fillers have long and complicated molecule chains, in order to resist absorption into the body and last longer.
  • Other fillers have very small molecule chains, meaning results can be finer (these fillers are often used to fill wrinkles in the lips, for example.
  • Variation in molecular composition means that cosmetic surgeons and medical spas have a great deal of latitude when it comes to addressing patient concerns.

How Long Do Results Last?

Typically, the actual material from dermal fillers don’t last terribly long–12 to 24 months, depending on the filler. However, the actual physical results can last for much longer. You just have to undergo regular maintenance injections.

It’ll be up to you and your surgeons to try to schedule those maintenance injections so that your results never wane. It’ll depend on the filler choice and on the issue you’re addressing. But if you like your results, you’ve got some options in terms of keeping them.

If you have questions about dermal filler injections, you should definitely take them up with your cosmetic surgeon or a medical professional at a medspa. These injectables are fairly easy to undergo, but that doesn’t mean you should make those decisions lightly. The more informed you are as a patient, the better.

To find out more about what you should know about dermal fillers, contact your local cosmetic surgeon and schedule a consultation. Because what you need to know will vary depending on the actual procedure and what you’re trying to accomplish.


About the Author: Nick Engebretson has been writing about cosmetic and plastic surgery for nearly twenty years. He started off as a marketer, but found the field of cosmetic surgery fascinating. He currently own and operates a plastic and cosmetic surgery marketing firm.

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