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All About Dermal Fillers

Updated on December 22, 2011

What are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are materials that are used to correct the imperfections of the face. These are hyaluronic acid-based injectable gels. Since it is a non-surgical procedure, it is a lunchtime procedure and gives instantaneous results. Fillers are used to iron out nasolabial folds that grow deeper with advancing age. The other indications for which fillers are used are: shaping lips (lip pouting), adding volume to cheeks, and aesthetic treatment of nose, shaping the jaw line, and smoothening the skin under one’s eyes.

What amount of dermal fillers should be given to the patient and how are they administered?

The amount of dermal fillers to be administered depends upon the reason for which it is used. Different aesthetic treatments require different amounts. However, only an experienced doctor can decide how much to inject. Fillers are injected into the skin layers. They fill up the space beneath the skin and do away with the imperfections of the skin caused due to ageing.

When and for how long do dermal fillers work?

Modern dermal fillers such as Juvederm Voluma and Juve derm XC are US FDA approved. Their results last up to 12 months.

Is it a completely painless product?

The latest dermal fillers contain local anesthetic agent lidocaine. Due to the anesthetic agent this filler provides you a more comfortable experience during and after the treatment.

Are there any side-effects?

The procedure is a safe one. There are no side-effects as such. However, one may get a mild redness and slight swelling, which are temporary and subside in a day or two.

What are its risk factors?

The risk factors come in the picture when the person injecting dermal fillers is an inexperienced one lacking the required dexterity.

Who is a suitable candidate for dermal filling?

These are a nonsurgical anti-ageing solution. A suitable candidate would be a person who has started showing the typical ageing signs and wants to get rid of them. The typical age-group is 35-58, where mid-face restoration is an important consideration. However, people in their mid-late 20s also come for filler injections for procedures such as lip augmentation.

How much does dermal filling cost?

The requirement of each individual varies. So the cost varies from person to person depending upon the area treated and amount consumed. Prices start $400 and upwards depending on each individual's requirement and the area of the body where it is done.

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