Dermal fillers are gel-like substances that are injected beneath the skin to restore lost volume, smooth lines and soften creases, or enhance facial contours. Fillers are used to “fill in” lines, valleys, depressions, and hollows of the face or to add fullness to the lips, cheeks, and chin. The most popular dermal fillers Restylane® and Juvederm® are made from Hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance within the skin that helps to give skin its volume and “plumpness.” These dermal filler products are made by Medicis Aesthetics and are FDA approved. As fillers have become more mainstream, today there are more options than ever to choose from. During your consultation at our Baltimore, Maryland area practice, board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Schuster can help determine which option is appropriate for you.
What Are The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Fillers?
As with other cosmetic options, there are advantages and disadvantages to all types of treatments. You may refer to the chart below for more information about and comparisons between the most popular fillers, including Restylane® and Juvederm®
Fillers can be used alone or in combination with other surgical or non-surgical treatments, including fat grafting, facelift, eyelid surgery, brow lift, chemical peels, laser resurfacing, facial rejuvenation with IPL™, and more.
Fillers are performed in Dr. Schuster’s Baltimore, Maryland area office in a short, simple visit. A topical anesthetic cream is applied beforehand and occasionally a local anesthetic can be used for the treatment of the lips. Bruising and swelling is mild to moderate and can last from one day to one week.* Most patients are able to return to full activity without concern the following day, though some with more bruising prefer to take off a few days.* Patients should plan to apply ice to areas treated with Restylane® after their procedure. Make-up may be worn the next day, and patients are able to return to exercise the next day. The results are seen immediately, though they will continue to soften and improve over several weeks. Fillers usually last 6 to 12 months and can be tweaked or repeated as often as desired.
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As we live longer, healthier lives, it’s normal to want our appearance to match how we feel. Fortunately, there are more minimally invasive options than ever to help you look your best at every stage of life. Facial fillers, which offer significant results with virtually no downtime, are one of these “lunchtime” treatments.
At board-certified cosmetic surgeon Dr. Ronald Schuster’s practice, he regularly uses dermal fillers to plump the lips and cheeks, contour the chin, smooth lines, and reshape features. To find out if this treatment option could be right for you, read on or contact us for a consultation.
How Do Dermal Fillers Work?
Dermal fillers are gel-like injectables that fill and soften the face. Most popular fillers (including Restylane® and Juvéderm®) are made from hyaluronic acid (HA). This substance is naturally found in your body and supports hydration and skin flexibility.
Some dermal fillers use a different formula. For example, Radiesse® uses calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) to provide immediate results and stimulate collagen and elastin production. This means you’ll likely see some volume restoration and facial softening after your appointment that continues to improve over several weeks.
What Can Dermal Fillers Treat?
Fillers can address various cosmetic concerns, from slowing signs of aging to balancing your features. Our practice uses dermal fillers in numerous ways, including:
- Adding fullness to thin lips.
- Plumping hollow-looking cheeks.
- Minimizing under-eye hollows.
- Filling out aging hands to reduce visible veins and tendons.
- Smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles, including marionette lines, nasolabial folds, forehead creases, and bunny lines.
- Contouring the chin and jawline.
Liquid Rhinoplasty: The Non-Surgical Nose Job
If you don’t like the appearance of your nose but aren’t interested in a surgical rhinoplasty, one of the most exciting things HA fillers can do is subtly reshape your features. Liquid rhinoplasty takes around 15 minutes and requires no downtime, whereas a traditional nose job requires a multiple-hour procedure using anesthesia followed by a longer recovery.
Because liquid nose job results are temporary (generally lasting up to six months), it can be the perfect way to try out a new look without the commitment of cosmetic surgery. Non-surgical nose jobs are also reversible. If you don’t love your results, Dr. Schuster can use hyaluronidase injections to dissolve the HA filler.
Non-surgical rhinoplasty can enhance the size of your nose, fill indentations, reshape an upturned or downturned nasal tip, and correct the appearance of mild crookedness. However, it can’t reduce the size of your nose, and a traditional rhinoplasty might deliver better results depending on your aesthetic goals. Dr. Schuster is highly skilled in liquid and surgical rhinoplasty and can recommend the best option for you.
What Should I Expect During Filler Treatments?
Dermal filler treatments typically take less than half an hour, with the injection portion taking just a few minutes. You can usually return to your daily activities immediately after your appointment, though you might want to avoid intense exercise that day. Side effects are generally mild, but you might experience some bruising, redness, or swelling that resolves in a day to a week.
Which Facial Filler Should I Get?
Choosing an experienced filler provider will help you get the best results. At Dr. Schuster’s practice, he uses several dermal fillers to address specific cosmetic concerns. During your consultation, he can recommend the best injectable to meet your aesthetic goals. Options include Restylane®, Radiesse®, Juvéderm®, Sculptra and Bellafill which are discussed in greater detail below.
Unlike BOTOX® treatment, an injectable neurotoxin that temporarily paralyzes the muscles directly beneath the skin, Restylane® is a dermal filler designed to provide volume and fullness. Rather than contracting the muscles to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles,
Restylane® fills in laugh lines, wrinkles, age lines, and hollow areas with filler material. Because of this, Restylane® is often a better option for individuals seeking a more plump or enhanced appearance.
Made from a non-animal hyaluronic acid (hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring element in the body), Restylane® is harmlessly absorbed into the body over a period of three to six months. Once the absorption process is complete, the patient may wish to undergo treatment once again to maintain his or her desired look. The areas of the face that Restylane® is most effective at treating include the skin immediately above the upper lip, the corners of the mouth, the lower part of the jaw, and the lower cheeks.
Wrinkles, age lines, a loss of skin elasticity, and tissue pockets are all caused by a breakdown in the body’s natural collagen. Radiesse® is a unique treatment option in that it promotes collagen production. As a result, the benefits of Radiesse® are long-term, often lasting up to a year or longer in some patients. Despite the fact that collagen production is stimulated over time, results are still visible immediately thanks to the effects of the dermal filler.* As the filler is harmlessly absorbed into the body, collagenesis begins to take place and provides natural results.*
Juvéderm® injectable dermal filler replaces the body’s natural hyaluronic acid. By binding and absorbing water molecules beneath the skin, Juvéderm® increases volume, thus resulting in a smoother skin complexion.* By filling in wrinkles, laugh lines, age lines, and creases around the mouth and nose, Juvéderm® can make an individual appear years younger.*
Juvéderm® is unique among HA fillers: the treatment is extremely comfortable, as the filler is infused with a natural anesthetic known as lidocaine for the benefit of the patient, and a unique manufacturing process utilizing Hylacross™ technology makes Juvéderm® the only smooth-consistency HA gel and filler to be approved by the FDA for treatment of up to one year.
Schedule Your Baltimore Area Dermal Filler Consultation
Board-certified cosmetic surgeon Dr. Schuster has enhanced the appearance of countless patients with facial fillers. If you’re looking to plump your lips, smooth lines, or add volume to sunken areas, dermal fillers could be the perfect minimally invasive option. Find out how this treatment could help you achieve the look you want by calling our Lutherville-Timonium, Maryland practice at 410-431-1065.