When it comes to minimally invasive cosmetic procedures, there is little question that Botox remains the king. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Botox treatments made up almost half of the 15.7 million minimally invasive cosmetic procedures performed in 2017. But the second-most-popular treatment was dermal filler injections, with 2.69 million procedures performed that year, up three percent from 2016.
What Do Dermal Fillers Do?
It’s not hard to understand why dermal fillers continue to grow in popularity. In addition to being minimally-invasive, quick, safe, and proven, these injectables are powerfully effective at addressing a range of common facial imperfections. Dermal fillers can:
- Counteract the volume loss that is a natural part of the aging process and a primary cause of wrinkles
- Restore fullness to flat or sunken cheeks and temples
- Reduce prominent vertical lip lines
- Smooth out creases and furrows in the chin
- Improve the general contours of the face
What Are Dermal Fillers and How Do They Work?
There are many kinds of FDA-approved dermal fillers, and these gel-like substances are composed of three main types of substances:
- Hyaluronic Acid (HA): Fillers made of this naturally occurring substance include Juvéderm Voluma, Juvéderm Volbella, Restylane®, Restylane® Silk, and Restylane® Defyne
- Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA): Fillers using this natural substance include Radiesse®
- Poly-L-lactic Acid: This biocompatible and biodegradable synthetic substance is used in Sculptra Aesthetic® injectable fillers
Dermal fillers work by attracting water to the injection site and jumpstarting collagen production at and around the treatment area. Along with a related protein called elastin, collagen is the substance which gives our skin a healthy texture and shape. Increasing the amount of collagen in your skin will improve your skin’s volume and texture. In combination with the filler itself, this boost in collagen production increases the volume of the area under the skin, stretching it and thereby reducing and fading wrinkles.
What is the Treatment Like?
Dermal filler procedures can last from 15 to 45 minutes, and patients can go home immediately after the treatment. While there may be some discomfort during or immediately after dermal filler injections, the procedure is largely painless as most fillers are infused with lidocaine to help minimize tenderness. Fillers typically remain in the skin for six to 18 months, with the improvement in your appearance lasting for the same duration.
Call Dr. Busso Today to Learn More About Dermal Fillers
Dr. Mariano Busso has been named a “leader in the clinical research and development of Dermal Filler” by the American Academy of Dermatology. If you have questions or want to learn more about dermal fillers and the other ways we can help you improve your appearance and self-confidence, please call us today at 305-857-0144 to schedule your consultation. Together, we can help you put your best face forward.