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To Fill or Not to Fill………How can you be sure?

At some point we all look in the mirror and notice an aging reflection. Many of us may have even contemplated Botox or other dermal fillers to help fight some of the more obvious signs. But there is always that concerned that we’ll end up looking like the woman or man with abnormally plump features, with lips that look like a rubber duck or a face that looks like a bloated fish. So how do we age gracefully with just the right amount of help from a medical professional?

What to consider

When considering any facial filler or injectable you need to make sure you find an experienced physician who has been properly trained in the art of facial fillers. Don’t be afraid to ask for before and after photos from patients they’ve treated. This is your face they’re working, after all, and you need to make sure you like their work.

Whether you are contemplating your first treatment or you’re a seasoned filler pro, it’s always best to take a conservative route when it comes to dermal fillers. It’s not uncommon for a physician to perform treatment several weeks apart, giving patients time to get used to their new appearance before adding more filler (which can result in the duck lip or pillow face look none of us want).

How dermal fillers work

Dermal fillers work by counteracting the aging process and adding fullness to your cheeks, smile lines, marionette lines and jowls. This gives a more youthful appearance in ways that using skincare products alone cannot.

There are a variety of FDA-approved dermal fillers that can help achieve your individual goals. Commonly used Hyaluronic Acid (HA) dermal fillers include the Juevederm and Belotero family of products. These are perfect for those looking to treat fine lines, wrinkles, or even a subtle enhancement to your lips. HA dermal fillers help keep your skin plump and hydrated. They offer temporary, natural-looking results which can last six to twelve months before you body naturally breaks down or absorbs the HA filler.

Another common dermal filler, Radiesse, is a Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA). This is a naturally occurring substance primarily found in our bones. When used as filler, the tiny particle are suspended in a smooth gel. This means the filler is thicker than the HA fillers described above and the results are longer lasting, on average twelve months. This dermal filler also helps stimulate collagen production and is typically used for deeper lines and wrinkles.

If you’re ready to take the next step and are interested in a consultation to learn which dermal filler is right for you, contact us today!

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