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Dermal Fillers in Los Angeles, Orange County and San Francisco

Many of the common signs of facial aging can be traced back to a loss of volume.  Dermal fillers offer a quick, easy way to re-volumize and rejuvenate thin, sunken areas of your face. They can be used almost anywhere, including the lips, eyebrows, around the mouth, in hollows under the eyes (tear troughs), and beside the eyes where crow’s feet develop. 

While dermal fillers are commonly used to get rid of wrinkles they have a large number of other applications.   They can be used to add volume under the skin, to improve the appearance of aging, wrinkling, and sagging skin. They are also ideal for filling increases and lines, pluming the lip, cheeks, and enhancing facial contours.

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What are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are soft gels that are injected under the skin. There are a variety of types of Dermal Fillers, some use naturally occurring ingredients and others use synthetic components.

Juvederm and Restylane are two of the most popular varieties of dermal fillers.  Their primary ingredient is a naturally occurring compound called hyaluronic acid.  Hyaluronic acid helps to hydrate and volumize your skin by stimulating the production of collagen. 

Other fillers like Radiesse use synthetic ingredients.  Although the end result is still the stimulation of the production of the body’s own natural collagen.  The benefit of opting for this type of dermal filler is that the results typically last longer.

JUVÉDERM® is a top-of-the-line derma filler company.  They offer 5 different products to meet every person’s specific needs.

JUVÉDERM® is the only hyaluronic acid dermal filler developed using the proprietary Hylacross™ technology, an advanced manufacturing process resulting in a malleable gel that flows easily into the skin and creates a smooth, natural look and feel.

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Restylane® line is specifically designed to act like your body’s own naturally occurring hyaluronic acid, restoring volume to your skin.  The line smooths away facial wrinkles and folds, provides subtle lip enhancement, smooths the lines around the mouth, adds lift and volume to the cheeks and helps reverse the signs of volume loss in the back of the hands. 

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Radiesse is a Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA) based dermal filler that is injected beneath the skin. Using a gel containing CaHA microspheres, Radiesse works to stimulate your skin’s natural collagen production to provide you with continued improvement even after the initial volumizing effect. As the CaHA microspheres are metabolized by your body all that is left is a new supply of collagen in your skin.

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Dermal fillers are biodegradable gels that are injected beneath the skin’s surface to smooth wrinkles and add volume and contour. They work by drawing in water and stimulating collagen production.

Dermal fillers can be used to replace lost volume and restore structural support.  They can be used in the lips to improve their shape, size, symmetry, and proportion. They can be used in the cheeks to make the face more defined and attractive. And they can be used in the chin to make it appear more projected and proportionate. The nose can also be injected to improve its shape and contour.
The typical dermal filler procedures require no anesthetic as most dermal fillers contain lidocaine, a local anesthetic. On occasional topical numbing agents are used. The procedure is generally considered relatively painless and involves a few tiny injections directly into the skin that takes between 15–30 minutes.

Dermal fillers last for varying degrees of time depending on the active ingredient in the filler and the recipient’s reaction to the fillers.  Hyaluronic acid fillers dissolve more quickly and typically last between 6 months to a year.  While  Poly-L-lactic acid fillers are more resilient and last between 1 and 3 years. 

The most common side effects of using dermal fillers are redness, swelling, tenderness, and occasional bruising.  These generally last for a week or two.  If Dermal Fillers are not obtained from a reputable source or administered in a non-clinical environment there could be more severe side effects including lumps, ridges, over-filled areas, allergic reactions, skin discoloration, infection, or severe swelling.  

Most patients can return to their daily activities after receiving Dermal Fillers.  However, they are advised to wait a day before strenuous activity or exercise.  Patients are also asked to ice the area to reduce swelling and to stay out of the sun as much as possible over the next week.

Typically, dermal filler procedures involve a series of small injections and take between 15 to 30 minutes.  Although it may take longer if the patient is getting injections to more locations in higher quantities.

Patients are advised to avoid taking aspirin, ibuprofen, vitamin E, and fish oil supplements a week prior to receiving Dermal Fillers.  These medications and supplements may increase the likelihood of bleeding and bruising after the procedure.  Patients should consult their General Practitioner prior to the cessation of taking these medications if they have been prescribed.

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