How Do Dermal Fillers Work?
As we age, we tend to lose mass from our bones and muscle, and the body slows its production of naturally-occurring substances like collagen, hyaluronic acid and elastin. This process leaves the underlying structure of the face with less volume. Consequently the face looks less youthful.
Dermal fillers replace that volume and restore plumpness, smoothing out lines or wrinkles in the face, while also helping to define contours and fill out cheeks.
Certain kinds of dermal fillers can actually help to stimulate collagen production in the body.
There are several types of dermal fillers, and Dr. Mai will help you determine which will help you achieve your most natural, youthful look, based on your skin and the results you’re looking for.
These fillers can be injected both superficially as well as deep in the tissue, depending on the effect you want to achieve. Patients choose to get dermal fillers to create a variety of effects, including:
Plumping up lips
Filling out laugh lines (nasolabial folds)
Minimizing the appearance of fine or etched lines
Evening out indentations or scars
Minimizing the appearance of dark circles or bags under the eyes
Filling out cheeks and creating contours
What are Dermal Fillers Made of?
There are many types on the market, some produced synthetically and others created from naturally-derived material, One common filler is made of hyaluronic acid, a substance the body produces to help lubricate and cushion internal tissues. Since hyaluronic acid attracts water within the body, it can help to plump up those areas that could use the extra volume, leaving you with a fuller pout, cheeks, or under-eye area, and softening the appearance of creases or lines in the face.
Many patients prefer dermal fillers to alternative treatments such as plastic surgery because the results can be seen almost immediately and with minimal downtime. Plus, some fillers can continue working for several months after the injection.
How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last?
There are several factors that will affect how long you retain your results, but most fillers last between six months and two years.
The doctor can help set your expectations in terms of how long each treatment option should last. At MD Refresh, we use only the most trusted products in the industry that have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Mai will always consult with you to ensure you receive the fillers that will best complement your face and create the effects you desire.
Dr. Mai has a reputation for achieving great results with minimal pain, and knows how to ensure her patients feel are as comfortable as possible during every procedure. She puts patient care above all else, and goes to great lengths to ensure her patients feel welcome and get the natural-looking results they are looking for.
“Everyone will notice, but no one will know.”