Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Dermal fillers are administered with a syringe to various areas on the face and head, including around the eyes, along the jaw, around the lips and in the forehead. The number, location and depth of the injections depend largely on the type of dermal fillers used and the desired results.
There are three types of dermal fillers commonly used:
- Collagen-Based Fillers: Collagen is a naturally occurring protein that adds strength and structure to the skin. Collagen was the first filler on the market, but the arrival of hyaluronic acid-based fillers has decreased its popularity.
- Hyaluronic Acid-Based Fillers Like collagen, hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance and primarily used to promote fullness and volume.
- Calcium Hydroxylapatite: Heavier and denser than hyaluronic acid, this filler is injected deeper, underneath the skin, and does not usually cause immune or allergic responses because the material is usually found in bones.
Longer-lasting dermal fillers typically contain thicker substances, such as the biodegradable synthetic filler known as poly-L-lactic acid. These types of soft tissue fillers are used to treat deeper facial lines, and though they offer semi-permanent results, it’s possible that you’ll need an occasional “touch up” several weeks after your initial injections.
Permanent fillers are made of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA), which are microspheres that are not absorbed by the body. The filler also contains collagen and is only recommended for thick-skin areas such as the nasolabial folds. It is not recommended for any areas around the eyes or for the lips.
This procedure will be based on facial features and aesthetic preferences. Dr. Date will recommend an approach based on your goals and facial characteristics, including the shape of your face. The goal of this procedure is to help you achieve the most beautiful and natural-looking results.
Fillers can be administered the same day as your consultation because of their minimally invasive nature, low downtime, and safety record. Based on your goals, physical characteristics Dr. Date will share recommendations and information with you. It is important to remember that everyone’s recovery will vary depending on an individual’s pain tolerance and healing response.
Dermal fillers are among the most popular aesthetic procedures because they carry immediate results, very few risks and little recovery time.