Along with Botox®, dermal fillers have gained tremendous popularity in the field of skincare and aesthetics. Unlike Botox®, however, these injectable implants do not work to freeze underlying muscles but use certain FDA-approved substances to smooth wrinkles, augment specific facial features, and increase facial volume.
Clients often choose dermal fillers for their ability to achieve a more youthful, healthy look with a quick, easy, and minimally invasive procedure. These treatments often provide immediate and noticeable results while still managing to look and feel natural.
What Can Our Dermal Fillers Do?
At Forward Healthy Lifestyles offers two types of fillers: Juvederm®, Restylane®, and Versa™.
Juvederm® is a gel injection that is mainly comprised of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally existing component within our skin necessary to maintain its plumpness and hydration. Unfortunately, like collagen, it naturally depletes over time, exacerbating noticeable aging.
Fillers such as Juvederm® can quickly integrate into your skin and help replenish the lost hyaluronic acid, resulting in a smoother, more youthful appearance. This hyaluronic acid-based filler is comprised of unique properties that allow it to adapt within the skin for soft, even improvement.
It is most often used in the realm of facial treatments to:
- Temporarily smooth out fine lines and wrinkles (particularly, the smile lines and the other areas surrounding the lips and mouth)
- Treat hollowing or fine lines underneath the eyes
Restylane® is primarily composed of hyaluronic acid, which is naturally present in our body. This substance decreases as we age, causing the skin to lose volume and wrinkles to start appearing.
It works by instantly improving volume and reducing wrinkle lines. It can also be injected into the back of the hands to add fullness and volume for a smoother appearance.
Restylane® is most commonly used to:
- Smoothing wrinkles and folds
- Lip enhancement
- Adding fullness to the cheeks
- Correct moderate to severe wrinkles (including frown lines and laugh lines)
- Restore lost volume in the backs of hands
Versa™, like our other dermal fillers, is a hyaluronic acid injectable that can help reduce moderate to severe wrinkles. However, with Versa™, has an almost non-extistant swelling after injection. In fact, it’s been reported that 24% of patients experience less swelling when compare to other dermal fillers. Versa™ also has a higher molecular weight than other fillers which may result in longer-lasting results.
What Can I Expect From the Procedure?
This safe and simple treatment is performed in the office by an experienced professional, following a detailed consultation. In this session, our medical professional will ensure that you are a good candidate for dermal fillers and go over which treatment or combination of treatments will allow you to achieve your aesthetic goals.
When it comes time for the procedure, the area or areas for treatment will be marked, cleaned with antiseptic, and injected. If preferred, we can also minimize the slight needle discomfort by applying an anesthetic to the skin before your injections. The entire process should take between 10 and 30 minutes, depending on your individual needs and the number of injections.
Typically, patients will begin to see results immediately and can resume most normal activities. However, keep in mind, there may be some swelling, bruising or discomfort (especially in areas like the lips) for about a week after. Until the swelling and redness have subsided, avoid activities that involve intense heat, such as sunbathing, hot tubs, or hot wax.
While dermal fillers are not typically permanent, most will last anywhere from six to 18 months, depending on how your body reacts to them.
If you think that dermal fillers may be the skin care solution you’ve been searching for, don’t hesitate to inquire about it! Contact our office at 262-313-8375 for a free consultation with our medical professionals to determine if you are a candidate and the next steps you can take in your skincare journey.