What is Dermal Filler?
Q & A provided by Jessica Clark, M.D., FAAD
Many patients are curious about cosmetic dermatology services and dermal fillers in particular. Dr. Jessica Clark, board-certified dermatologist at Coastal Skin Surgery & Dermatology in Panama City Beach, Florida has provided answers to the most commonly asked questions pertaining to dermal fillers. Read on for details on the what, the where, and the how in regards to dermal fillers and cosmetic dermatology services!
Q. What is filler?
A. Dermal fillers are an injection designed to add volume and fullness to the skin. There are many different types of filler. The safest fillers on the market are made of hyaluronic acid which is a natural hydrating substance found in our body. Brand names such as Juvederm and Restylane are examples of this type of filler.
Q. Where are fillers used?
A. Fillers are mostly used to fill nasolabial folds, marionette areas, cheeks, tear troughs or under eye area, and lips. Every year new fillers are coming out with different desired properties, some that are designed to lift, some that are designed to fill a very subtle line.
Q. How long do fillers last?
A. Most fillers last 6 months – 2 years, with the average filler lasting one year.
Q. What should I know before getting filler?
A. There are several things we recommend to have the best experience.
First, plan to get filler at least 1-2 weeks prior to an important event. To decrease the chance of bruising it is ideal to not consume any alcohol the night prior to your procedure. It is also recommended to discontinue any blood thinning medications like NSAIDS. NSAIDS are over the counter medications you would take for a headache like aspirin, ibuprofen, advil, aleve, naproxen, etc. Even supplements can increase chance of bruising so avoid things like garlic, ginseng, and fish oil. Patients should expect swelling for 24-48 hours, certain areas are more likely to swell than others. For example, the lips and perioral area are more likely to swell so I warn patients to be prepared to avoid events for 48 hours. This being said, some patients have very little swelling and can go out that night, but everyone is different.
Please come visit Dr. Jessica Clark at Coastal Skin Surgery and Dermatology if you want more information about fillers or for a cosmetic consultation to come up with an individualized plan!