Aging happens to everyone. There’s no stopping it completely, but there are several ways to slow down your looks from aging.
can help do this by helping fill out the contour and shape of the face to make it look more vibrant and healthy. Many people have heard of dermal fillers, but may not truly know what they involve. Here are some common questions about dermal fillers that any dermatologist can answer.
How Do Filler Treatments Work?
Filler treatments work by having hyaluronic acid injected into the skin. It is a natural substance that is present in the skin that stores moisture. As you age, your body slows its natural production of the acid, and skin can look dried out. With an injection, the skin will gain more volume and smooth out wrinkles and lines.
Is Botox a Dermal Filler?
Botox and treatments that are similar to it are not dermal fillers. They are injections of neuromodulators that treat wrinkles and lines. They relax the muscles which leads to the wrinkles relaxing and softening. Fillers work by adding volume as opposed to working on the muscles. The two types of treatments can be used in tandem to get even better results.
What Happens During a Treatment?
When you visit a dermatologist for a dermal filler treatment, the technicians and doctor will follow certain steps. First off, your dermatologist will evaluate your skin and your medical history to make sure that the treatment is safe and appropriate. They will then determine where on your face the injections will be most effective. They will most likely mark these spots.
Afterward, the locations will be cleaned and a local anesthetic is applied to numb the area just in case there is discomfort. The injections themselves take just a few seconds each. The doctor will have determined how much filler is needed and injected it at each site. You may experience some discomfort, but with the anesthetic, there should not be much. You can return to your normal routine without limitation immediately after the treatment.
How Long Do Results Last?
Fillers should take effect right away, but they will keep developing for up to 2 weeks. At that point, you should see the full results of the treatment. It depends on what filler is used and where it is injected, but the results can last anywhere from 6 months to 18 months. At that point, you are free to visit your San Antonio dermatologist for further treatment.
What are the Side Effects?
When it comes to fillers, there are very few side effects to worry about. You may experience some redness and swelling, and in some cases there is scarring. However, applying ice can help alleviate these issues. In extremely rare cases, a technician could make an error that leads to more serious issues. This could include injecting an artery, which might cause a skin ulcer.
Are They Safe?
Since Hyaluronic acid is a naturally-occurring substance in the body, filler treatments are absolutely safe. They provide a natural-looking solution to lessen the signs of aging on the skin. Studies have shown that it is much safer and more effective than collagen, which used to be the standard filler ingredient.
Now that you have your questions about dermal fillers answered, call Ochs Dermatology today for a consultation.