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Dermal Fillers
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Dermal fillers are becoming increasingly popular methods to reverse the signs of aging, especially facial lines and wrinkles. As the skin ages, it loses fullness and elasticity. As a result, it sags into folds and winkles. Dermal fillers are used to fill the skin from the inside, reducing wrinkles by increasing the volume of facial tissue. Fillers are also a popular option for increasing the fullness of the lips or cheeks.

Length of Surgery

1 hour or less




Local anesthesia, if desired

Back to work in...

1 day or less

Back to the gym in...

2-3 days

Treatment Frequency

3 months or longer


Bruising, redness, and swelling, infections and allergic reactions



Duration of results:

3 months to 5 years

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Dermal Filler costs

The pricing for dermal fillers depends on the type of filler chosen, the area being treated, and the amount of filler required. Most treatments cost under $1000. Prices can range dramatically between various dermal filler options. Typically, the more expensive a dermal filler is, the longer the results will last.

Am I a candidate for Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are most often chosen to combat the aging process, including the effects of gravity and the natural loss of skin elasticity and collagen. Most patients who use dermal fillers are between the ages of 30 and 60. Common treatment areas include:

  • Nasolabial lines (extending from the nose to the corners of the mouth)
  • "Smile lines" or "marionette lines" (in the corners of the mouth)
  • Hollow or sunken cheeks
  • Depressions and blemishes, such as acne scars
  • Increasing fullness in the lips

Before undergoing treatment with dermal fillers, consult a doctor about the right filler for you. Many fillers are designed to treat specific areas of the face. In addition, because these fillers contain a wide range of ingredients, it is important to inform the doctor of any allergies you may have.

What is a dermal filler?

There is a wide variety of dermal fillers available in the United States, including collagen-based, hyaluronic acid-based, calcium-based, and lactic acid-based fillers. New dermal filler options are constantly being developed. Popular dermal fillers include:

  • Juvederm
  • Restylane
  • Perlane
  • Radiesse
  • CosmoDerm
  • Zyderm
  • Sculptra
  • Collagen injections

Dermal Filler steps

The injection of dermal fillers is a minimally invasive procedure. All dermal fillers may be injected in the doctor's office in under an hour. No anesthesia is required, although a topical anesthetic can be used if you are worried about discomfort during the injection. Depending on the ingredients in the specific filler type, an allergy test may be required prior to treatment.

Dermal fillers are injected using a tiny needle to deposit the filler just below the skin's surface, filling in lines, wrinkles, indented scars, and other skin blemishes. Fillers add volume to restore a more natural and youthful appearance to the skin. The treatment itself is relatively painless, although slight discomfort may be felt if an anesthetic cream is not applied. Patients may leave the office as soon as the dermal filler is injected, and no bandages are required.

Dermal Filler Recovery and Healing Steps

Most patients are able to return to their daily activities immediately following the injection of dermal fillers. Results may be apparent immediately, although the full effects of dermal filler are seen about 3 days following the treatment. Most dermal fillers are temporary, and are gradually absorbed by the body.

Dermal Filler Side Effects and Procedure Risks

Dermal fillers are generally very safe. Common side effects include bruising, swelling, or redness in the treated area. Risks commonly associated with the injection of dermal fillers include allergic reactions, infection, and scar formation. Always talk to your doctor about risks that are specific to the type of dermal filler chosen for your treatment.

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