What Is Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers restore volume and fullness in the face. They can be helpful in alleviating early signs of aging by plumping thin areas, soften facial creases, and diminish facial lines by adding volume between facial muscles and the skin surface. There are several different types of dermal fillers, including Calcium Hydroxylapatite (i.e. Radiesse), Hyaluronic Acid (i.e.Juvederm, Restylane), and a few others. They differ in chemical makeup, longevity, and softness.
Dermal fillers are typically charged by the syringe. For reference, for lip fillers, a premium clinic in Chicago is charging $600 for Juvederm Volbella and $700 for Restylane Kysse. The average patient uses 1 syringe per treatment but can vary based on the volume needed and the intended results.
In addition to the total products used, the cost of dermal filler injections may also vary based on the expertise and qualifications of the person performing the treatment, the type of procedure used, and time and effort the procedure or treatment requires. Your geographic location plays a factor as well.
Recovery & Downtime
You may be offered an ice pack to reduce swelling and alleviate discomfort after the injection. The area may feel a bit tender for a day or two. Recovery time varies for each patient and for each type of filler injected. You can resume most activities right away, but it is generally recommended that you avoid intense physical activity for the first 24-48 hours to minimize swelling and bruising. Be sure to discuss your specific recovery plan with your physician prior to scheduling your injections.
You may be a good candidate for dermal fillers if you are physically healthy and don't have tobacco use. It is also important to commit to maintaining good skin health and a positive attitude towards your appearance. Discuss your current health condition and past medical and cosmetic treatments with your physician to further validate your candidacy. Dermal fillers are temporary treatments for facial aging and that ongoing treatments will be needed for long-term results. For some patients, surgery such as a facelift, brow lift or eye lift may be the best approach.
Potential Side Effects
Dermal fillers are generally considered predictable and have relatively minimal risks and side effects. Severe complications from dermal fillers are uncommon. Potential risks vary depending on the specific filler used and the relative permanence of the filler substance and can include acne-like skin eruptions, bleeding from the injection site, infection at the injection site, lumps, bruises and swelling, under- or over-correction, etc. In very rare cases, the filler may accidentally be injected into your blood vessels instead of under your skin. This can block blood flow and severe damages to the affected area. It is important that you address all your questions directly with your physician, including those severe complications requiring urgent care.
Brands for Hyaluronic Acid fillers include Juvederm®, Restylane®, Belotero®, and more. This type of fillers are generally intended for increasing volume, plumping, and augmenting features.
Brands for Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA) fillers include Radiesse®. Brands for Poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) fillers include Sculptra®. These types of fillers typically have collagen boosting benefits.
For Different brands may vary in filler composition, indication, and intended area of use.