While volume loss in a normal part of the aging process, it can cause undesirable changes in facial structure and make individuals look older. For these reasons, many women and men have turned to dermal fillers to restore fullness, smooth wrinkles, and refine their features.

Although dermal fillers are one of the most in-demand cosmetic treatments, some patients may still wonder: What are dermal fillers, how do they work, and are they safe? 

Here’s what you need to know.

What Are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are synthetic or naturally-occurring substances that are injected into the body’s soft tissue at different depths to lift and restore volume to the face.

These cosmetic injectables can also be used to: Correct deeper wrinkles and folds, including nasolabial folds and laugh lines, plump lips and cheeks, rejuvenate hands, and diminish under eye hollowness.

What Are the Different Types of Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are usually made of hyaluronic acid (Juvederm and Restylane), calcium hydroxylapatite (Radiesse), or poly-L-lactic acid (Sculptra, Sculptra Aesthetic).

These different products can last for 12-24 months and allow patients to improve their appearance and look refreshed without the downtime, risks, or commitment of surgery.

How Much Do Dermal Fillers Cost?

Injection cost varies based on the type and volume of product used. For example, restoring fullness and natural contours to the cheek requires a larger amount of filler. Therefore, treatment of this area may be more expensive.

Additionally, the complexity of the procedure and provider expertise can also impact price. However, injector skill is invaluable and, in many cases, has the greatest impact on filler results.

Are Dermal Fillers Safe?

In the hands of an experienced plastic surgeon or dermatologist, dermal fillers are a very safe and effective treatment.

They can also provide natural results, and many fillers are comprised of hyaluronic acid – a substance that the body normally produces. Hyaluronic acid is an excellent plumping agent because it attracts and retains water for an instant volumizing and hydrating effect.

Lastly, patients should feel free to ask questions before, during, and after filler injections to make sure that they feel comfortable will all aspects of the procedure.

For additional information about dermal fillers including Restylane and Juvederm, please call DC Derm Docs today to schedule a consultation.

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