Dermal Fillers are soft, injectable gels that are used to fill in wrinkles or folds in the skin. Many Dermal Fillers are made of Hyaluronic Acid (HA). HA is a naturally occurring, hydrating substance found in your skin.
As we age, we start losing facial fullness which can lead to fine lines, wrinkles, and a less youthful appearance. We tend to notice wrinkles around the mouth, eyes, neck, and lips. Hyaluronic acid is what gives our skin the “plumped up” appearance because it attracts moisture to the skin. Fillers contain hyaluronic acid that temporarily restore fullness to the areas treated.
Who is it good for?
As you age, you start to lose HA, which causes the skin to lose structure and volume. Dermal Fillers that are made of HA allow us to replace some of this lost volume.
Some Dermal Fillers also include additional ingredients or molecules that may create a microscopic ‘scaffolding’, which allows your body to build it’s own collagen.
What should I expect?
Once you have discussed your needs with Dr. Erickson, your treatment can take place in less than fifteen minutes. Improvement is usually instantly noticeable, (depending on the product used in your procedure) though you may have some minor swelling from the treatment. While the results of most soft tissue fillers are long-lasting, they’re not permanent.
Are there risks?
Though less common, there is a chance of minor bruising associated with any injectable. To lessen your chances of bruising, we recommend discontinuing use of products like Aspirin, Blood-Thinners, Fish-Oils, Alcohol, Aleve, and any aspirin-based products like Alka Seltzer for 2 weeks prior to your procedure. We do not treat patients who are pregnant or nursing.
Our office will provide you with more complete risk information at your consultation, and complete post-care instructions as well. These are widely performed procedures, and these FDA approved fillers have great safety profiles. However, as with all medical procedures there is some risk. For example, allergy or vascular occlusion have occurred, although generally very rare. Please call our office for a consultation appointment, we are always happy to consult you and answer any questions you may have.