Drexel dermatologists are experts in the use of injectable dermal fillers, which offer the benefits of a non-invasive approach to a younger appearance. As people age, they lose volume in the fatty tissues because the skin's underlying collagen and elastin fibers begin to break down. This happens most around the eyes, mouth, cheeks, jawline, brow and bridge of the nose. This aging process results in lines, depressions and furrows on the face.
Drexel Dermatology uses injectable fillers to plump and contour the face, restoring a more youthful appearance. These treatments aren't permanent and will need to be repeated to maintain results.
What Are Injectable Fillers?
Filler is a soft substance that is injected into the skin to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Fillers also plump lips, fill out hollow cheeks, improve scars, elevate deep folds, and repair many facial imperfections. Fillers can also be used safely with Botox and lasers.
Types of Injectable Fillers
Cosomoderm and Cosmoplast are human-based collagen fillers. No skin test is required. Smile lines, lips, and scars do well with this filler. Results usually last two to four months.
Restylane is the first cosmetic filler made of non-animal based hyaluronic acid. Juvederm is another hyaluronic acid–based filler. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance that exists in the human body. No skin test is required. Most areas on the face can be treated. Results usually last six months.
Sculptra is made of micro particles of poly-L-lactic acid, which is a biocompatible and biodegradable synthetic polymer from the alpha hydroxy acid family. No skin test is required. Sculptra is used mostly for larger volume filling like sunken cheeks, deep nasolabial folds or laugh lines. Several treatments, spaced apart, are needed for optimal results. The collagen build-up is gradual over several months' time. Results have been shown to last up to two years.
Radiesse is made of synthetic calcium hydroxylapatite microspheres suspended in a carrier gel. The microspheres form a scaffold through which your body's own collagen grows. No skin test is required. Most areas of the face can be treated, except for the lips. Occasionally, a second treatment is required for full filling. Results can last up to two years.
About the Procedure at Drexel Dermatology
The injectable filler procedure at Drexel Dermatology is an in-office treatment. Makeup can be applied immediately after the treatment. However, it is important not to apply pressure to the treated areas, as it could result in movement of the dermal filler.
Prior to administering dermal filler, the treatment area is cleansed with an antibacterial agent and numbed with a topical anesthetic. The filler — which is either temporary or semi-permanent — is then injected to "fill" the wrinkle, divot or scar. The entire process takes only a few minutes. Ice is used following the procedure to diminish discomfort. Maintaining the benefits of this procedure requires repeat treatments.
Side Effects of Injectable Fillers
There may be some temporary swelling, redness, or minor bruising at the injection sites immediately after the treatment. Persistent lumpiness, allergic reactions and skin necrosis are rare and should be reported immediately to Drexel Dermatology.