Dermal Fillers by a San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
If you are looking to enhance shallow lines or smooth out facial creases or wrinkles, dermal fillers may be the answer you are looking for. Dermal Fillers are a new and innovative way to compensate for this breakdown of support structure and restore youth and fullness by injecting filler substances into the skin. These fillers, which include hyaluronic acid and collagen, are used to plump up wrinkles, creases and sunken areas of the face and to add fullness to the cheeks and lips. Certain types of depressed acne scars can also be filled with dermal fillers. To find out how dermal fillers can benefit you, contact us to schedule a consultation with San Francisco Plastic Surgeon Dr. Shahin Javaheri, and visit us at our San Francisco offices today.
What Substances Are In Dermal Fillers?
Most dermal fillers are comprised of substances that are naturally present in the body. Several different dermal fillers are artistically used by Dr. Javaheri to allow optimal treatment of various applications. Dr. Javaheri will advise you as to the appropriate dermal filler for your particular needs. Dermal fillers last between 4-12 months depending on the product used. As the face is constantly changing, permanent fillers are not available at this time. First generation dermal fillers are usually composed of bovine-derived collagen, a natural substance that provides the underlying framework that supports your skin. It is predominately used to increase volume in targeted areas of the face, which has the additional benefit of reducing the prominence of wrinkles. Because collagen is an organic substance that is foreign to your body, an allergy test is required before injections can take place. Hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers are also derived from naturally occurring substances that support your skin. HA can hold up to 1,000 times its own weight in water, giving your skin a healthy dose of moisture along with the increased volume. Some HA fillers also contain organic microbeads that stimulate the body’s natural collagen production and provide additional volume.
Dermal Fillers: The Procedure
Dermal filler treatment sessions usually last between 10 and 20 minutes. Using a super fine gauge needle, your cosmetic surgeon injects the filler into the underlying layers beneath the skin. There is minimal downtime associated with dermal fillers; in fact, many people refer to these non-surgical cosmetic treatments as “lunchtime procedures.” Most patients return to work the same day, although you will have to refrain from strenuous activities for about 24 hours. You may have redness, itching or swelling initially, although these side effects usually fade quickly as your results begin to appear. Your cosmetic surgeon will go over the entire procedure with you so that you are well informed of the care process after having dermal fillers injected.