ABC7’s The More in the Morning team spoke with Dr. Michael K. Kim, Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon, to discuss everything you need to know about facial fillers if you're considering the procedure. Dermal fillers are gel-like substances that are injected beneath the skin to restore lost volume, smooth lines and soften creases, or enhance facial contours. Dermal fillers can be used to add volume to key facial areas like the cheeks and lips and can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines around the face and hands.
What is a dermal filler?
As we age, our faces naturally lose subcutaneous fat. The facial muscles are then working closer to the skin surface, so smile lines and crow's feet become more apparent. The facial skin also stretches a bit, adding to this loss of facial volume. Other factors that affect the facial skin include sun exposure, heredity and lifestyle.
Most dermal fillers contain hyaluronic acid, a natural compound that aids in the production of collagen and elastin. Hyaluronic acid also helps skin absorb water, which helps it look brighter, more hydrated, and firmer. The thicker the hyaluronic acid gel, the more volume you can expect to see at the injection site.
Dermal fillers are primarily used for the following reasons:
- Plump thin lips
- Enhance shallow contours
- Soften facial creases and wrinkles
- Improve the appearance of recessed scars
- Reconstruct contour deformities in the face
- Decrease or remove the shadow of the lower lids
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance that is already found in your skin. It helps keep skin plump and hydrated. HA fillers are typically soft and gel-like. The results are temporary, lasting 6 to 12 months or longer before the body gradually and naturally absorbs the particles. Most HA fillers are infused with lidocaine to help minimize discomfort during and after treatment. FDA approved HA fillers include:
- Restylane products: Restylane, Restylane Silk, Restylane Lyft, Restylane Refyne, Restylane Defyne, Restylane Kysse, Restylane Contour
- Juvéderm products: Juvéderm XC, VOLUMA, VOLBELLA, VOLLURE
- Revanesse Versa
Dermal Filler Provider
When selecting a provider for injectable treatments, give your decision the same level of care and scrutiny that you would for a surgical procedure. Non-surgical filler treatment is still a medical procedure that requires specific training, knowledge and skill to ensure safe treatment and natural-looking results. Choose a provider with an extensive knowledge of facial anatomy, a well-developed aesthetic eye, and a surgeon’s skill and precision. homever you choose, make sure your provider has a proven background in cosmetic medicine as well as training and substantial experience performing filler injections.