How Do Dermal Fillers Work?

Dermal fillers are one of the most popular methods for adding volume, smoothing skin, and regaining a youthful appearance around the mouth and face. We provide a variety of filler options for patients looking to get injections in the Greater Boston area. In this article we will be covering how fillers work, how long they last, and other procedures you might be interested in. 

What Are Dermal Fillers?

A dermal filler is different from Botox. Most dermal fillers use hyaluronic acid in a gel. Hyaluronic acid is something that our bodies naturally create and use to create healthy skin cells. However, as we age, our bodies no longer produce Hyaluronic acid at the same rate. That is part of why you will begin to notice issues with wrinkles, sagging skin, and other skin issues appearing as you age. So, these fillers replace the needed hyaluronic acid to encourage healthy skin cell development. Some fillers like Radiesse use different ingredients to encourage the production of collagen. Collagen is also responsible for improving our skin cells. So by increasing the production of collagen you can decrease the appearance of wrinkles and add volume to your cheeks and lips. 

How Long Do Fillers Last?

Different fillers can provide different results. Even among Juvederm fillers, certain fillers are designed for lip treatment vs treatment of the cheeks. Generally speaking, most filler patients have recorded lasting results from 6 months to up to two full years. The effects of fillers are not permanent, so you may need to get routine appointments to touch up your appearance. 

What Else Do I Need To Know About Fillers?

Fillers can be done at a medical spa, dermatologist office, or other medical location. The entire process can be handled in a single appointment including the consultation and the treatment. Generally the treatment period can be done in under half an hour. Patients are also able to return to their normal daily life right after getting fillers and rarely experience any downtime after the procedure. You should always discuss any allergies or health-related concerns with your practitioner before getting fillers. If you are not sure what filler is right for your goals, consider making a consultation with a highly rated local medical spa that offers a variety of treatments. In some cases, fillers might not be the best choice for your results. Many patients try other skincare procedures instead of fillers if they are looking for more dramatic results in their skincare. 

What Other Procedures Improve Skin

Outside of fillers there are a variety of treatments that can help improve the way your skin looks. For example many skincare treatments are designed to cause superficial damage to the outer layers of skin that then encourages the production of natural collagen and hydraulonic acid to repair the damaged tissue. This is quite similar to how when we work out we actually damage our muscle tissue which leads to the growth of new stronger muscle tissue. In a similar sense procedures like microdermabrasion or laser treatments can help improve the health of our skin cells by encouraging the growth of new cells. 

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If you are interested in learning more about filler treatments or you would like to schedule a consultation in our office in Newton Massachusetts, please give us a call to set up a meeting.