What are Facial Fillers?

So facial fillers or soft tissue fillers are injectable products that are FDA approved for the correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and creases. So often times patients will come in complaining of wrinkles and creases on their faces, nasal labial folds. So it’s a great way to be able to rectify some of the issues that patients are often timed experiencing.

So juvederm is an example of a facial filler. It is a hyaluronic acid that we use as a dermal filler to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and creases. Often the areas that we inject in juvederm is mid-face, so that includes: the creases of the forehead, the nasal labial folds, marionette lines, lip enhancement and in some cases, some mild cases of acne scars. So once a patient is injected with juvederm, you can expect it to last about nine to 12 months.

Now another example of a dermal filler is voluma. So voluma is also a hyaluronic acid, but it is a deep dermal filler and the difference is that with voluma, you actually want to correct some of the aging process of the loss of volume of the cheeks. So it’s a great solution for men and women who want to come in and they want to be able to restore some of that high cheek voluminous high cheek bones that they often experience during their youth. Now voluma another thing that’s different about it is that because it is a thicker gel, we can actually go in a little bit deeper and place the product deep into the dermis or deep into the skin to be able to lift and create that voluminous look that patients are often seeking. Now once voluma is injected, patient can expect for it to last about two years. Now if a patient is interested in getting voluma done, they simply make an appointment, come in and see us, and we’ll have a free consultation for them.

During the consultation we can talk about past medical history, we’ll talk about their allergies, and then we’ll talk about what exactly is it they’re looking for. What are their goals? What are the outcomes that they want to see? So once we are able to talk about that, we’ll come up with a tailored plan for them.

What a patient can expect after their treatment is that perhaps they will experience a little bit of bruising, a little bit of redness, some lumps and bumps at the injection site, but rest assured those type of reactions are very temporary and they’re very normal. Usually patients will recover from that in about a couple of weeks.