Dermal Fillers: Turning Back the Clock on Facial Aging

Dr. Franklin Rose discusses Dermal Fillers

dermal-fillersAs we age, our faces naturally lose volume and elasticity, leading to the appearance of wrinkles, lines, and hollows that can make us look tired or older than we feel. Fortunately, advancements in cosmetic dermatology have provided us with a powerful tool to combat these signs of aging: dermal fillers.

What Are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are injectable substances designed to restore lost volume, smooth out wrinkles, and enhance facial contours. Most fillers are composed of hyaluronic acid (HA), a naturally occurring substance in our skin that helps maintain moisture and plumpness. Other fillers may contain ingredients like calcium hydroxylapatite or poly-L-lactic acid, which stimulate collagen production.

How Do Dermal Fillers Work?

When strategically injected beneath the skin, fillers work by:

1. Filling in wrinkles and lines, such as nasolabial folds (smile lines) and marionette lines.
2. Plumping thin lips and smoothing out lip lines.
3. Enhancing shallow contours, like in the cheeks or temples.
4. Improving the appearance of recessed scars.
5. Restoring a more youthful, rested look to the face.

The Beauty of Natural-Looking Results

One of the greatest advantages of dermal fillers is their ability to provide natural-looking results. A skilled practitioner can subtly enhance your features without making you look “done.” The goal is to refresh your appearance while still looking like yourself.

dermal-fillersTypes of Dermal Fillers

There are several brands of dermal fillers, each with unique properties:

1. Juvéderm® and Restylane®: HA fillers for various areas, including lips and cheeks.
2. Radiesse®: Contains calcium hydroxylapatite, ideal for deeper lines and facial contouring.
3. Sculptra®: Made of poly-L-lactic acid, it stimulates collagen over time.

The Procedure and Recovery

A dermal filler treatment is relatively quick and minimally invasive. After a consultation to discuss your goals, the practitioner will inject the filler using a fine needle. The process can take 15 to 60 minutes, depending on the areas treated.

Recovery is minimal. You may experience temporary redness, swelling, or bruising at the injection sites, but these effects usually subside within a few days. Many patients return to their normal activities immediately after treatment.

dermal-fillersLong-Lasting but Not Permanent

Results from dermal fillers are long-lasting but not permanent. Depending on the product used and the area treated, results can last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years. This impermanence is actually an advantage; it allows you to adjust your treatment plan as your face naturally changes over time.

Who is a Good Candidate?

Dermal fillers are suitable for most adults who are concerned about facial aging. They’re an excellent option for those who want to rejuvenate their appearance without surgery. However, if you have certain allergies or skin conditions, your practitioner may recommend alternative treatments.

Safety First

While dermal fillers are generally safe, it’s crucial to have your treatment performed by a qualified, experienced professional. Choose a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon who understands facial anatomy and can handle any rare complications.


Dermal fillers offer a remarkable way to regain a youthful, refreshed appearance by smoothing wrinkles, restoring volume, and enhancing facial contours. With minimal downtime and natural-looking results, it’s no wonder they’ve become one of the most popular cosmetic procedures worldwide.

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