What are Dermal Fillers?
As their name implies, dermal fillers “fill” lines, creases, wrinkles, and recessed scars. They can return the volume to sunken cheeks and plump the lips. They can even be used in combination to provide a “liquid facelift”. Dermal fillers can also complement surgeries such as facelifts or brow lifts.
There are different types of dermal fillers (commonly referred to as “facial fillers”) , made from different substances. Each targets a specific area such as adding volume to the cheeks or filling laugh lines. At Saltz Plastic Surgery and Saltz Spa Vitoria, we are experts, having seen over 3,000 patients and gone through more than 3,500 syringes!
How Can Dermal Fillers Help Me?
At Saltz Plastic Surgery and Saltz Spa Vitoria in Salt Lake City & Park City, Utah, we look at dermal fillers as another tool for combating the aging process. Facial fillers are excellent for addressing static wrinkles and folds — those that show themselves at all times — whereas BOTOX® is the king of dynamic wrinkles caused by muscle contractions. Patients can use dermal fillers to “demo” some of the changes temporarily that surgical procedures would create permanently. However, the results gained with dermal fillers, like BOTOX®, are temporary. Eventually, the body will absorb the filler and the wrinkle or crease will reappear, or the cheeks will lose volume. That being said, you should think of facial fillers as an ongoing maintenance project.
Categories of Facial Fillers
There are two categories of facial fillers: temporary and semi-permanent. The only permanent solutions at this point are procedures like facelifts and brow lifts.
Temporary dermal fillers include the following:
- Hyaluronic Acid
- Calcium Hydroxylapatite
- Polylactic Acid
Semi-permanent dermal fillers include PMMA (polymethyl-methacrylate) microspheres that are suspended in 80% purified collagen gel.
All of these facial fillers provide different benefits and target different conditions. In your consultation, Dr. Saltz will discuss your options with you at either his Salt Lake City or Park City office.
Types of Dermal Fillers
Juvederm, Volbella, Vollure, and Voluma (among others) are hyaluronic acid fillers. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the body (in fact, it can be found in almost every living thing) that is responsible for skin hydration and support. Hyaluronic acid attracts and binds to water molecules to add volume where injected. And because it is a naturally occurring substance, it is compatible with the body. Different hyaluronic acid fillers have different thicknesses, making some better for adding volume and some better for fine wrinkles such as around the lips and nasolabial folds.
Dermal fillers don’t need any recovery time. You may experience some redness at the injection sites, but that’s about the extent of it. Any reactions are very rare.
Saltz Plastic Surgery proudly serves patients from Salt Lake City, Park City and surrounding areas, including Evanston and Green River, WY. If you are interested in dermal fillers, contact our Salt Lake City office at (801) 274-9500 or our Park City office at (435) 655-6612. You can also connect with us by filling out our online Contact form here.