Dermal fillers, often referred to simply as fillers, are gel-based substances that can restore volume in the face or add volume to desired areas of the face. Fillers are often used to reduce or eliminate wrinkles and folds, and they can also be used to increase the volume of thin lips.
Hyaluronic acid is the ingredient used in most fillers today. It is also a substance that occurs naturally in the human body. Hyaluronic acid helps regulate cellular growth and renewal and helps keep the skin hydrated. However, as a person ages, the hyaluronic acid begins to decline. Fillers can restore that lost hyaluronic acid, which can also return the face to a much more youthful and rejuvenated look.
Dermal filler treatment is very quick, taking only minutes for most patients. After numbing the treatment area, the doctor will use an ultra-fine needle to inject the filler. The treatment area will show immediate results.
Dermal fillers are used in several areas of the face. Many patients opt for fillers in the nasolabial folds, those deep folds that can occur on either side of the mouth. Other areas of the face where the patient suffer from lost volume may also be potential treatment areas. People who have thinner lips may opt for fillers to get a more filled out look in their lips, or even a "bee stung" look if desired.
Filler treatment is not permanent. However, most fillers today are quite long-lasting. The most commonly used fillers last from 6 to 12 months on average, but the longevity is dependent upon several different factors. The patient's lifestyle, age, skin condition, and other factors may all contribute to the longevity. While treatment is not permanent, many patients are able to prolong the effect indefinitely, as long as they return for future treatments before the fillers are completely dissipated.
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