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Austin Facial Fillers

Dermal fillers (also called “facial fillers”) are one of the most in-demand type of cosmetic treatment these days. This is because they have the ability to improve nearly any area of the face that is of concern, from thin lips to forehead lines to hollow cheeks. Results from dermal fillers are subtle, yet significant. Take a look to see why they are one of our most popular treatments.  

What are dermal fillers?

Injectable facial fillers are a soft-tissue substance that is injected into the skin to help fill in wrinkles, providing a smoother appearance. Dermal fillers require periodic touch-ups because they are temporary, and will eventually be absorbed by the body. The purpose of dermal fillers is to help diminish facial lines and restore volume and fullness in the face. Dermal fillers can be used to:

  • Plump and enhance thin lips 
  • Enhance shallow contours
  • Soften creases and wrinkles
  • Improve recessed scars

Why get dermal fillers?

As we age, our faces naturally lose subcutaneous fat. The facial muscles are then working closer to the skin surface, so smile lines and crow’s feet become more visible. During the aging process, the facial skin also stretches, adding to this loss of facial volume. Other factors that affect the facial skin include sun exposure, heredity, and lifestyle. Facial fillers can be very helpful in those with early signs of aging, or as an added part of facial rejuvenation surgery.

Dermal fillers (also called “facial fillers”) give you a more youthful look for just a portion of what a traditional facelift costs. Most facial fillers will fill lines and wrinkles in less than thirty minutes, with results that can last from four months to more than a year. Unlike Botox, which relaxes the muscle underneath a wrinkle, dermal fillers fill creases and wrinkles with a specialized substance. As a result, trouble spots nearly disappear.



Before & After

Muscle relaxers vs. dermal fillers

It’s important to understand the difference between muscle relaxers (Botox and Dysport) and dermal fillers. 

The easiest way to visualize the difference is to think of a crease as a valley between two mountains. Botox/Dysport will prevent the mountains from being pushed together, but dermal fillers will fill in the valley. 

As we get older, our creases also age. They become deeper and deeper, even when we’re not frowning, squinting, or using facial muscles. 

  • If creases are only apparent when you squint, only Botox is needed.
  • If creases are visible in your resting face, then fillers are needed.
  • If creases are present in your resting face and become worse with facial expressions, you probably need Botox and dermal fillers.

Types of dermal fillers

There are many different types of dermal fillers, and each kind is unique in its chemical makeup, results, longevity, and what it best addresses. Fillers can be permanent non-autologous (like Sculptra®) or autologous, or temporary (like Restylane® and Juvederm®).

Softer fillers are used in the lips, for example, while sturdier fillers might be desired to enhance cheekbones. During your consultation, we will determine together what the best type of dermal filler is for your specific areas of concern and aesthetic goals.

At Austin Face & Body, we use Juvederm and Restylane, which are both FDA approved for the correction of moderate to severe facial folds and wrinkles such as nasolabial folds, cheek augmentation, lip enhancement, and correction of age-related mid-face contour deficiencies. Restylane is the number one selling hyaluronic acid (HA) dermal filler and the most-studied cosmetic filler in the world. The facial fillers we offer are very predictable, and have relatively minimal risks and side effects. The differences between the types of dermal fillers have to do with thickness, cross-linkage, and longevity. In general, the thicker the filler, the better it will fill creases.

Hyaluronic acid fillers

Our preference at Austin Face & Body is hyaluronic acid fillers. This is because they are relatively safe, with immediate results and almost no downtime. These fillers are not of animal or human origin; therefore, a skin test is not needed and you can have the treatments performed immediately. These fillers are biodegradable, which means that they will gradually be absorbed by the body. As the gel breaks down, water takes its place—and when totally absorbed, the hyaluronic acid gel disappears unnoticed from the body. How long a hyaluronic acid treatment holds its effect is unique to each patient. It will depend on many factors, such as your age, skin type, lifestyle, and muscle activity, and what type of filler was injected.

What is a dermal filler treatment like?

Before any dermal filler treatment, avoid alcohol use and stop taking any blood-thinning medicine. This includes aspirin, any other type of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), or vitamin E.

During your appointment, the dermal filler will be injected under the skin in tiny amounts with a very thin needle. These injections give natural volume under the wrinkle, which is lifted up and smoothed out. A typical treatment takes about fifteen minutes, and the results can be seen immediately.

Side effects

Side effects from facial fillers are rare, but can include redness, swelling, and bruising at the injection site. The filler may also show up under the skin as tiny bumps. This is a problem that often improves over time. The thicker the filler, the greater the chance of possible bumps. (Bumps are more likely in thinner skin such as the lower eyelids and crow’s feet.) 

Results

How long results will last varies from several months to over a year or two. Some research shows that repeated injections may help stimulate the body’s own natural production of collagen, which will help reduce the number of lines and wrinkles. There is also some evidence that less filler is needed over time to achieve the same look.

What dermal fillers won’t do

For some patients, surgery such as a facelift, brow lift, or eyelid lift may be a better approach than dermal fillers. This is because some patients’ areas of concern are more severe, and dermal fillers can’t achieve satisfactory results for a certain level of severity. However, facial fillers may help delay the time when consideration of a facelift becomes appropriate.

Am I a good candidate?

You may be a good candidate for dermal fillers if you are physically healthy, have areas on concern on your face that can be treated with dermal fillers, have a positive outlook, and have realistic goals in mind for the improvement of your appearance.

Schedule a consultation with us

If you would like to learn more about dermal fillers or want to schedule a consultation, please contact us at Austin Face & Body. As an aesthetic plastic surgery practice, dermal fillers is one of our areas of expertise. Austin Face & Body brings together top surgeons and innovators from all over the country to provide the highest level of patient care. You will receive warm and professional service, attention to detail, outstanding communication, and incredible results. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, please call 512-642-5050 or contact us online

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