7 Dermal Filler Facts You Should Know

Published on
October 3, 2023
Lindsi McAlister
Lindsi McAlister

Dermal fillers are used in a variety of aesthetic treatments on various parts of the face and even other parts of the body. Most people know that dermal fillers exist, but they don't really know what they are or how they work. If you're considering dermal filler treatment in Royal Oak, Michigan, or the surrounding areas of Birmingham, Huntington Woods, Pleasant Ridge, and Bloomfield Hills, we think it's important that you understand exactly what they are, what they do, and how they do it. So today, we're talking about important dermal filler facts that you need to know.

7 Dermal Filler Facts

At Avenue 1, we've been providing dermal filler treatments in Royal Oak, Detroit, and the surrounding areas for years, and over that time, we've had hundreds of discussions about these fillers and what they do. The cornerstone of our practice is knowledge for our patients, so we think it's important that everyone understands what dermal fillers are outside of just being something that is used for beauty purposes. So let's get into it! 

Most Dermal Fillers are All-Natural

Dermal fillers are gel-like substances that are injected just under the skin to firm, tighten, or lift the treated area. Top-shelf fillers like RHA Collection and Restylane which is what we use at our office, are made of hyaluronic acid, an all-natural substance that's already present in the skin, eyes, and joints. This makes them friendly to the body with no worry of any kind of rejection or allergic reaction. While some other synthetic fillers are out there, most highly skilled and reputable medical spa's and plastic surgeons opt for the high-end, all-natural products.

Dermal Fillers Treat Different Concerns

Dermal fillers are used for a variety of aesthetic purposes from fine lines and wrinkles to non-surgical rhinoplasty or to replicate the effects of a surgical facelift. Dermal fillers can be used to:

  • Improve cheek volume and enhance definition
  • Augment the size and shape of the lips
  • Plump the area under the eye
  • Non-surgical rhinoplasty
  • Reduce "smoker's lines" on top of the lips
  • Refine and define the chin area
  • Reduce nose-to-mouth lines
  • Reduce mouth-to-chin lines
  • Improve jaw definition
  • Reduce fine lines and wrinkles
  • Reduce wrinkles on the hands

Dermal Fillers are Non-Invasive

Dermal filler treatments are non-invasive and involve no cutting of any kind. The fillers are injected under the skin to plump and smooth. While the discomfort is usually minimal, some patients may opt for a topical numbing agent.

Dermal Fillers are Long-Lasting

One of the most asked-about dermal filler facts is how long these treatments last. While dermal fillers are, in fact, temporary, they can last for quite a long time. In fact, while these fillers eventually break down and are absorbed by the body, they last for at least six months, and in many cases, they can last for as long as two years.

Dermal Fillers Offer More Flexibility

Because dermal fillers eventually break down, they offer more flexibility than permanent treatments. As your face continues to change over time, the amount of filler used can be adjusted when it's time to renew the filler in a specific area. This gives you and your doctor the freedom to create tailor-made treatments that constantly evolve and change along with your face.

What to Expect During the Procedure

Dermal fillers are injected under the skin with a syringe or cannula. During the procedure, your healthcare provider injects small amounts of filler under your skin in strategic areas to visibly firm and lift the treated area. The needle is thin, but you might experience some stinging or pinching. It's somewhat uncomfortable but not painful. The entire process takes anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour, depending on the treatment.

What to Expect After the Procedure

Most people see almost immediate results after the procedure, however, depending on the type of the procedure, it may take a few days to see results. Some patients may experience minor bruising or discomfort, but these are mild and generally go away in a few days.

Let's Talk About Dermal Filler Facts

If you've been considering dermal filler treatment in Royal Oak or the surrounding area, we're here to help. We're highly skilled and use only the best fillers for the best results. Schedule an appointment with us, and we'll discuss your particular needs and how dermal fillers can help. 

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