At Peak Dermatology, our providers are experts at listening to your concerns, evaluating your aesthetic needs, and recommending a customized treatment plan with facial filler. We don’t believe that one size fits all and understand that your skin and aesthetic goals are unique to you.
What are dermal fillers?
Also known as hyaluronic acid fillers
A dermal filler is a gel-like, volumizing substance that is injected beneath the skin to treat lines or wrinkles, restore lost volume or enhance facial contours. Over the last few years, more than 1 million men and women annually have chosen this popular skin rejuvenation treatment, which can be a cost-effective way to look younger without surgery or downtime.
At Peak Dermatology, we use several types of filler: Restylane, Juvéderm, Sculptra, and Radiesse. When performed by a qualified injector who is an expert at medical aesthetics, all are completely safe and clinically proven to provide results. Radiesse volumizing filler acts as a scaffold under the skin, providing structure, stimulating your own natural collagen to grow, and smoothing wrinkles. Restylane and Juvéderm are cosmetic dermal fillers made of hyaluronic acid, a substance that exists naturally in the human body. Sculptra Aesthetic is made from poly-L lactic acid and is an indirect filler that restores skin volume by causing your own cells to naturally produce more of your own collagen.
Am I a good candidate for this procedure?
As you age, your body’s natural collagen production decreases, which is a major factor in the development of wrinkles in the skin. This is because collagen is a key structural component that keeps skin’s appearance plump, youthful-looking, and smooth. If you wish to combat wrinkles and aging skin or any of the following describe you, filler could be an option to consider:
- You have deep lines or wrinkles around the eyes, brow or mouth
- You would like to change the contours of your jaw, nose or lips
- You want to boost volume in your lips or cheeks
- You are interested in a minimally invasive, non-surgical treatment option
- You are okay with subtle results that are not permanent
- You are not quite ready for surgical options like Facetite, facelift, or fat transfer
How can injectables enhance my appearance?
While dermal fillers are casually known as “wrinkle fillers,” they can do much more than just smooth out wrinkles (although they are excellent at this too)! Here are a few of the common appearance issues this procedure can help address:
- Smooth out wrinkles around nose and mouth (a.k.a. marionette lines, smile lines, and parentheses lines)
- Minimize signs of aging
- Enhance & restore volume to sunken cheeks
- Diminish vertical lip lines
- Add volume to and enhance the lips
- Smooth out a chin crease
- Contour the nose
Depending on the product and the areas treated, you should be able to notice results immediately after receiving filler injections. Some patients experience mild bruising and swelling of the skin around treated areas, but these are temporary and should subside over the days following treatment.
How long do results last?
Hyaluronic acid fillers tend to be the most temporary injectable option, and therefore are often recommended for first-time filler patients. These will typically last from 6 to 18 months, depending on treatment and product(s) used. For example, injections to restore volume to the lips will wear out a little faster than those to smooth wrinkles along the nasolabial folds. Certain hyaluronic acid fillers, like Restylane Lyft or VOLUMA, are formulated to last longer, but are usually limited to certain areas, such as the cheeks.
Synthetic fillers tend to be longer lasting injectables, as they are not absorbed by the body. They can be a great option for the right patient, but you’ll want to be ready to commit to results that will be there for several years—and take care to choose an experienced, qualified provider whose aesthetic style you like.