Dermal fillers are soft, gel-like substances that are injected under the skin. They can address a number of common concerns like fullness and contouring of the cheekbones, volumization of the lips, smoothing of lip lines and nasolabilal folds (the creases that run from the side of the nose to the corners of the mouth) and the tear troughs for the under eye.
What Are You Injecting?
One of the most common compounds used in dermal fillers is hyaluronic acid (HA). HA is a naturally occurring substance found in our skin, and it plays a huge role in keeping skin hydrated and volumized. HA fillers, depending on the consistency and purpose, can last from six months to much longer before gradually being absorbed and eliminated by the body.
What Are the Benefits?
One of the main benefits of HA fillers, aside from their natural appearance when injected, is that they can be dissolved by a special solution in case the person dislikes the appearance or for any other reason.
Is it Painful?
Most HA fillers now have lidocaine, a numbing agent, in them to maximize comfort during treatment.
We also offer a topical numbing cream to further aid in reducing discomfort and even a dental block if requested. Most clients are pleasantly surprised that the process of fillers is not nearly as painful as they imagined.
One of the biggest fears clients have is the discomfort which makes me sad, because we can work around that.
How noticeable will it be? Will I bruise or swell?
The next fear is “how bad will the bruising and swelling be, how noticeable will it be that I had filler done”? In the consult, we go over all the ways to reduce your chances of bruising and swelling, but to name a few, be hydrated, avoid aspirin and anti-inflammatory products such as Advil, Aleve and Ibuprofen 3-7 days prior. The number of days to stop these things will vary according to each individual. We will address it at the time of your free consultation.
How much will it cost?
The cost will vary somewhere between 350.00 a syringe up to 750.00, depending on what you are addressing, and where and how many syringes are needed to achieve your goal. We use different fillers for different areas. Filler that is placed in the cheeks is thicker and longer lasting than filler that is placed in the lips, tear trough region, and fine lines. Cheek filler may last up to 2 years where other fillers may last up to a year. The best advice I can give anyone is take advantage of the free consult so you can address all your concerns. The consult is a good opportunity to see if you feel comfortable with the answers you receive to your questions, but also if you feel confident in your injector understanding your goal.
Your journey is just that, yours, so it’s important you feel comfortable and confident, and that’s my goal when you come in.
I love fillers and I want you to love it, too, but first we have to decide if this is the right choice for you.