What are dermal fillers for?
• Adding volume to the face (especially cheeks & temples)
• Lip Augmentation (lip injections for fuller lips)
• Defining the lip line
• Creating definition & volume along the jawline
• Filling in crow’s feet (wrinkles at the sides of the eyes)
• Eliminating undereye circles
• Filling in scars
• Adding volume to aging hands
• Postponing the need for plastic surgery
• Reducing wrinkles & creases:
—vertical wrinkles around mouth (smoker’s lines / lip lines)
—smile lines (nasolabial folds or parentheses)
—lines from corners of mouth to chin (marionette lines)
As you age, collagen production diminishes causing skin to lose its firmness, smoothness, and elasticity. You also lose subcutaneous fat, which contributes to looking gaunt, tired, and older than you feel. Exposure to the sun, UV rays, stress, toxins, and less than optimal lifestyle choices take their toll as well. When it all adds up, your skin breaks down and can’t bounce back. Without the reserves of youth, you need a boost! That’s where dermal fillers come in.
There are so many injectable fillers available these days, how do I choose?
Our board-certified dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon, Dr. Robin Evans, conducts a thorough assessment to help you to determine which treatment is best. Since there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ filler, Dr. Evans crafts a custom plan of action based on your individual needs. Sometimes this includes a combination of fillers to address the various types of aesthetic concerns you have.
At SoCo, you can rest assured that you’re getting expert treatment because facial filler injections are performed by Dr. Evans or our highly trained nurse practitioner, Ellie Christianson. Both have advanced training and in-depth experience giving them the skill and finesse to achieve optimal, nuanced results. In some instances, this can lead to incorporating additional cosmetic services such as Botox, laser treatments, HydraFacials, peels, and a great skin-care program to achieve optimal results.
What are dermal fillers made of?
Most fillers like Restylane, Perlane, Belotero, Voluma, and Juvederm consist of hyaluronic acid gel. This substance is a naturally occurring sugar already found in the body. It restores hydration and volume to the skin.
Radiesse is made of calcium hydroxylapatite suspended in an aqueous gel. It is a synthetic, biocompatible material that creates volume immediately while also stimulating natural collagen production. Over time, Radiesse is metabolized leaving behind only the natural collagen your body produced.
Sculptra contains a synthetic, biocompatible material called poly-L-lactic acid. It is the same biodegradable and bioactive polyester that is used to make dissolvable stitches. This FDA-approved filler stimulates your body to produce its own collagen.
Are permanent fillers still used?
We never use permanent fillers because if there is a problem—an allergic reaction, an infection, a complication, or you don’t like your results—the product is in your skin forever. That’s a long time to have something if you end up disliking it or change your mind! Remember years ago, when people had silicone injected into their faces? Silicone is great until complications develop. Then it needs to be removed and the only way to do that is to surgically cut it out.
This depends upon how many areas are injected and how many syringes of filler are used. The injections themselves usually take 30 minutes to an hour per treatment session.
Temporary fillers, which we recommend, typically last 6 months to a year—sometimes even longer.
The benefits of the filler Sculptra roll out more slowly over time and can last more than two years. However, Sculptra requires 3 injection sessions every 6-8 weeks to get that longevity.
How much do dermal fillers cost?
The average cost is around $650 - $950 per syringe or vial. Some people need 1 syringe while others need multiple syringes depending upon how much volume loss they have and how many areas need to be injected. The best results are achieved gradually working bit by bit over time.
Does it hurt?
Facial fillers are administered with super-fine needles and are not painful. Naturally, some areas like the lips and eyes are more sensitive than others. A topical numbing agent is used on the skin prior to injection. Some fillers also contain a very mild anesthetic. Most patients feel a small poke from the needle and some pressure or a mild burning sensation during the injections, all of which are very well-tolerated.
Patients may have some redness, swelling, or bruising after treatments. These things usually resolve within a few days. The treated areas may be a little sore to the touch during this time. Otherwise you can put on a little makeup, ice the treated areas that day, and get on with life without any restrictions. You can workout, go out, do whatever you like!
67-yr-old woman before & after 1.5 vials of Sculptra
How long does a treatment take and how long do results last?
Belotero fills in lines around the mouth
60-yr-old woman before & after 1cc syringe of Belotero
Please contact us to schedule an appointment in our Stamford, CT office:
CALL (203) 323-5660
Are dermal fillers safe? Yes!