What are dermal fillers?

When it comes to reducing the appearance of fine lines and facial wrinkles, there are two effective treatment options: neuromodulators like Botox, and dermal fillers like Restylane and Juvederm. Each can be used on its own, or the two can be combined for a dually effective approach to tackling the signs of facial aging. 

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Neuromodulators like Botox work by preventing some of the communication that typically occurs between the facial nerves and some of the muscles they are connected to. By limiting that intercommunication, the muscles that cause wrinkling to occur in the skin over time are rendered less powerful, and thus the wrinkles they cause disappear. Botox is most effective for what are called dynamic wrinkles. These are wrinkles that occur as a result of motion. For instance, when we smile, automatic muscle movements cause “smile lines” or “nasolabial folds” to occur and become more obvious.

Dermal fillers are a naturally occurring carbohydrate molecule that appears in all living cells. Our bodies have reserves of it and produce it naturally, but with age, these reserves are depleted and our body’s production potential slows greatly. This contributes to facial volume loss and thus to the appearance of wrinkles. Thus, dermal fillers work by restoring some of that lost hyaluronic acid in order to resolve facial volume loss, nasolabial folds, crow’s feet, laugh lines, and marionette lines. These fancy names describe the most common lines that appear on the face with aging.

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Juvederm is most often used around the nose, around the mouth, and in the lips and cheeks to restore lost volume and correct the wrinkles and lines that appear in these areas over time. 


Restylane likewise targets the loss of facial volume over time and the presence of wrinkles around the mouth and on the forehead. This FDA-approved injectable corrects moderate to severe wrinkles and facial creases, for as long as six to 12 months. 

Lip Augmentation

If you’re done dealing with lips that are less than smooth, puffy, and voluptuous, select dermal fillers can be used to make those concerns a thing of the past. Your goals for lip augmentation will help determine whether your final look is simply more youthful but very natural, or a little wilder and flamboyant. Both outcomes are possible and the lips can be carefully augmented so their curves and form are just perfect. 

Fat Transfer

Last but certainly not least, in this category of injectables, we have facial fat grafting. While dermal fillers fill the role of facial rejuvenation just fine, facial fat transfers offer an even more natural approach, since they use your body’s own healthy fat tissue to restore lost volume and accentuate all the right areas of your face. 

Am I a candidate for dermal fillers?

Since most dermal fillers contain naturally occurring ingredients, there are very few contraindications to their use and most patients can benefit from them. They are also FDA-approved and have been clinically proven safe and effective. Side effects are mild and typically include mild injection site pain and perhaps some swelling, but these are self-resolving and dissipate rapidly. 

When you come in for an appointment or for treatment, our experienced and knowledgeable aestheticians will help choose the dermal filler that works best for you, taking into account what you aim to achieve with the procedure and the current state of your skin. We’ll then curate a personal plan to help you reach or exceed your beauty ideals.

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