Things You Should Know Before Getting Dermal Fillers


Hi! I am Dr Michael Szalay and today I am going to talk about dermal fillers.

As people age, they can sometimes notice changes in their skin or appearance which bother them.

Unsightly wrinkles, skin sagging, and fine lines can occur, as well as thinning out of some areas of the face such as the lips and the cheeks. Some patients look towards cosmetic procedures to address these changes.

Dermal fillers are one popular cosmetic procedure to smooth out facial creases, improve wrinkles and plump thin lips in order to restore a younger looking appearance.

As popular as dermal fillers are, many people are unaware how dermal fillers work, what do they do, how long they last and more. So, let’s take an insight into what all you should know before considering dermal fillers.

What can dermal fillers treat?

One can expect dermal fillers to improve a variety of cosmetic concerns including:

  • Smoothing out creases around the nose and the mouth, (also called laugh lines, nasolabial folds or melolabial folds)
  • Adding volume and defining contours of the cheeks to create a fuller appearance.
  • Plump thin lips and soften vertical lines around the edges of the lips.
  • Filling out hollows under the eyes to restore a youthful appearance.
  • Smooth the appearance of scars from acne or other skin disorders.

How do dermal fillers work?

In simplest terms, dermal fillers are chemical substances, synthetic or naturally-derived, injected into human skin in order to improve wrinkling, sagging and depressions that occur due to aging.

How long the effects of your cosmetic procedure would last depends on the type of filler used in the procedure. Generally, temporary fillers would last six to 12 months. Effects of permanent fillers, on the other hand, can persist for years.

The Takeaway

Understanding the basics of dermal fillers is important for any individual intending to undergo the procedure to improve their facial appearance.

Moreover, as with any cosmetic procedure, consulting a professional and experienced doctor is paramount in order to get the best results.

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