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What Are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are a popular injectable cosmetic treatment that can solve a host of different aesthetic issues. Since they are minimally invasive, they are a popular way for people who want to avoid long recovery times and price tags to improve their appearance. But despite being more affordable and less intensive, they provide some of the best results in the entire cosmetic industry. 

Why Do We Need Dermal Fillers?

There are a few unique compontents working against us when it comes to the health of our skin and appearance. The most significant contributor is also the one that we can do the least about: the natural aging process. After the age of 20, a person will lose 1% of their collagen production every year.

Collagen is an essental protein in the human body, and despite it also being the most abundant, the 1% annual drop is enough to cause noticeable changes to our facial structures. Fine lines, wrinkling, skin ptosis, lack of volume — all of these are symptoms exacerbated by aging. 

Environmental factors like UV exposure and free radicals (small pollutants that degrade skin health), are also responsible for the decline. This is why some people with active lifestyles, despite great genetic disposition, experience drastic shifts the more they are exposed to these factors. 

We need dermal filler treatment because, in most cases, there are no other reliable methods of restoring volume in the face and smoothing out wrinkles, particularly if you are hoping to avoid surgery. 

What Are My Dermal Filler Options?

JUVÉDERM

VOLUMA™ XC — This injectable gel is for deep injection in the cheek area to correct age-related volume loss. It can also improve the chin region for improvement in adult chin profiles.

VOLLURE™ XC, Ultra Plus XC, and Ultra XC — These injectable gels are for correcting moderate to severe facial wrinkles, like nasolabial folds. 

VOLBELLA™ XC — This injectable gel is for lip augmentation and the correction of perioral lines in adults.

Ultra XC — This injectable gel is for injection into the lips and perioral area for lip augmentation in adults.

Galderma

Dysport  — This injectable is used to block the communication system in muscles, preventing them from contracting and smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles throughout the face.

Sculptra —This injectable is used to trigger your body’s natural production of collagen, which helps to fill hollow areas and smooth over fine lines and wrinkles. 

Restylane

KYSSE — This injectable is used to achieve a subtle but impactful lip augmentation with no need for surgery or implants.

SILK — This injectable can address problematic neck folds that can add years to an otherwise youthful appearance. 

LYFT — This injectable is used to better define the jawline and for a procedure called “liquid rhinoplasty,” which can change the shape of a nose without any incisions. 

REFYNE — This injectable is one of the most popular Restylane products and is used to treat fine lines, wrinkles and scarring.

DEFYNE — This injectable is also a common choice for correcting fine lines and wrinkles, but it can also provide patients looking for better contours with chin augmentations.

CONTOUR – This injectable was explicitly developed to improve cheek contouring throughout the face, creating a defined, sharp appearance. 

Am I a Candidate for Dermal Fillers?

If you are interested in improving fine lines, wrinkles, sunken skin, poor contouring or lack of definition in your face, then you are likely a candidate for one of our dermal filler procedures. Very few people have conditions that may prevent them from having the procedure performed. In those cases, we will work together to help you find a safe route to treatment. 

Everyone considering this treatment should look at plenty of before and after photos and understand precisely what dermal fillers can achieve. Without realistic expectations, you are setting yourself up to be disappointed in a procedure that would otherwise be considered a success. 

How Should I Prepare for Dermal Fillers?

No lengthy preparation is necessary since the procedure is minimally invasive. We recommend avoiding excessive sunlight, smoking and alcohol in the weeks leading up to the procedure to ensure you are getting the best results possible. 

What Should I Expect from a Dermal Filler Procedure?

The entire procedure is pretty straightforward. The areas on your face will be cleaned and prepared for injection. One of our expert medical team members will inject the substance into your face, and then you will be sent on your way to begin an extremely mild recovery. 

What Should I Expect During Dermal Filler Recovery?

There is virtually no pain or discomfort after your treatment is completed, although some patients experience mild redness or swelling at the location site immediately after the injection. Usually, these side effects dissipate within 24 hours of the procedure. 

What Kind of Results Can I Expect from Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers provide excellent aesthetic benefits, but they do not last forever. The exact timeline depends on the filler you are having performed, but generally, most of these products last between six and 10 months. We highly recommend joining a treatment plan to ensure you are maintaining optimal results year-round. 

How Much Do Dermal Fillers Cost?

The pricing for fillers will depend on which filler is selected and the treatment area chosen. An exact price will be provided after your consultation with our office.

Impactful Dermal Filler Treatment in Katy, TX

If you are ready to learn more about how dermal fillers can improve your aesthetic concerns, give our office a call at (713) 493-7777. You can also fill out an online contact form to have one of our team members reach out to you at a more convenient time. We know the aesthetic process can seem overwhelming, but we are committed to helping you achieve the look you desire.