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Dermal fillers are an increasingly popular form of facial rejuvenation. Injectable products, such as synthetic hyaluronic acid, are used to add volume or replace volume lost with facial aging.

Hyaluronic acid is a natural sugar already present in the body that can be used as a filler material: when injected into the skin, it adds plumpness and fullness, reducing wrinkles and other signs of aging.

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What is a dermal filler?

Dermal fillers or facial fillers are substances designed to be injected beneath the skin surface to add volume and fullness. They’re widely used in cosmetic dermatology to help decrease facial lines and replenish volume loss in the face that occurs naturally with aging.

Hyaluronic acid injections have proven themselves as an effective solution for restoring lost facial volume as well rejuvenating tired looking skin caused due to aging process over time without hampering its natural beauty thus making it one of most sought after treatments when it comes to non-invasive facial rejuvenation procedures available today.

The fillers used are often hyaluronic acid-based, a naturally occurring substance in the human body that retains moisture and adds plumpness to the skin. Other fillers might use poly-L-lactic acid, a biocompatible synthetic substance, or calcium hydroxylapatite, a naturally occurring substance in our bones.

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What are the benefits offered by dermal fillers?

Facial fillers work by injecting a substance into the skin, often a gel-like substance, that fills in areas under the skin. This helps to restore lost volume, smooth lines, soften creases, and enhance facial contours along with a wide range of benefits to individuals looking to counteract signs of aging and enhance their natural beauty without resorting to invasive surgery.

Restoring lost volume and fullness

One of the main advantages of dermal fillers is their ability to restore facial volume. Over time, loss of volume leads to wrinkles, lines, and folds. Dermal fillers like Juvéderm and Restylane can address this by replenishing natural volume and smoothing out facial lines, deep wrinkles, and creases. They can also be used to enhance facial features such as lips and cheeks, providing a natural-looking volume.

Smoothing lines and facial wrinkles

Dermal fillers are excellent for reducing the appearance of both static wrinkles, which are visible even when your face is at rest, and dynamic wrinkles that are caused by repetitive muscle activity. This includes forehead lines, frown lines, perioral lines, and vertical lip lines, as well as deeper lines such as nasolabial folds and marionette lines. With experienced application, the end result is a smoother, younger-looking skin.

Stimulating collagen production

Some dermal fillers like Sculptra and Radiesse work by stimulating the body’s own collagen production. Collagen is a key protein that keeps our skin looking youthful and firm. As we age, collagen production slows down, leading to sagging skin and wrinkles. By stimulating collagen production, these fillers help restore the skin’s natural support structure, leading to a longer-lasting rejuvenated look.

Dermal fillers are non-surgical with minimal downtime:

One of the significant advantages of dermal filler treatments is that they are non-surgical procedures, often completed within a lunch hour, and require minimal downtime. Patients can usually return to normal activities immediately, making fillers a convenient option for those who cannot accommodate the recovery time required for cosmetic surgery.

Dermal injections have long-lasting results

The effects of dermal fillers can last from 6-18 months or even up to 24 months, depending on the type of filler used. Although they are not a permanent solution, they offer longer-lasting results compared to many other non-invasive cosmetic treatments.

Customized treatment based on each patient

With a wide range of formulations available, dermal fillers can be customized to meet your specific aesthetic goals during a private consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Mourad with experience in cosmetic dermatology. Whether you wish to soften moderate lines or fill deeper creases and folds, there is a filler product suited to your needs.

Enhanced self-confidence

By reducing the signs of aging and enhancing facial features, dermal fillers often lead to improved self-confidence. With a more youthful appearance, many patients feel their outward appearance better matches their inner vitality.

How do dermal fillers work?

As we age, our skin starts to display signs of wear and tear. It begins to lose its elasticity, volume, and youthful appearance. These changes in our skin can be caused by several factors, such as sun exposure, stress, smoking, and the natural aging process. Fortunately, there are treatments available that can help restore the lost volume and rejuvenate the face in target areas. One such treatment is hyaluronic acid injections.

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in our body which is responsible for keeping the skin hydrated and plump. It helps maintain healthy collagen levels which keep the skin firm and supple. As we get older, our body produces less hyaluronic acid leading to dryness, wrinkles and sagging of the skin on face and other parts of the body. Hyaluronic acid injections are designed to address this issue by replenishing lost hyaluronic acid levels in targeted areas.

As with any cosmetic procedure, it’s important to consult with a trusted professional.

With so many types of facial fillers available today it’s important that you consult with a qualified plastic surgeon who can recommend you one which best suits your needs based on your medical history and current condition of the skin. They will also be able to inform you about other things such as possible side effects associated with different types of fillers as well as provide helpful tips for post-treatment care after getting injectable facial fillers done like avoiding direct sunlight or certain activities that may disrupt treatment results prematurely etcetera

How long does dermal filler last for?

The duration of the effects from dermal fillers varies depending on the type of filler, the area treated, and individual patient factors.
  • Hyaluronic Acid Fillers: This category of fillers, which includes brands such as Juvéderm and Restylane, typically last between 6 to 18 months, depending on the specific product and where it’s injected.
  • Calcium Hydroxylapatite Fillers: This type of filler, such as Radiesse, can last around 12 to 18 months due to the thicker consistency of the filler.
  • Poly-L-lactic Acid Fillers: This filler, known by the brand name Sculptra, is designed to help stimulate your body’s natural collagen production and can last more than two years.
  • Polymethyl Methacrylate Fillers: A more semi-permanent type of filler like Bellafill, which consists of a mixture of PMMA microspheres and bovine collagen, can last up to 5 years.
Each filler type has its specific application areas and longevity, and Dr. Mourad can advise on the best choice based on your aesthetic goals.

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How much are dermal fillers in NYC?

The cost of dermal fillers in NYC varies greatly depending on several factors including the type of filler used, the area being treated, the number of syringes required.

  1. Hyaluronic Acid-based Fillers (e.g., Restylane, Juvederm): These fillers can range from $600 to $1000 per syringe. Some treatments may require multiple syringes.
  2. Calcium Hydroxylapatite Fillers (e.g., Radiesse): These can cost around $700 to $1200 per syringe.
  3. Poly-L-lactic Acid Fillers (e.g., Sculptra): These fillers are typically more expensive, often ranging from $800 to $1500 per vial. Several vials may be needed for a full treatment.
  4. Polymethyl Methacrylate Fillers (e.g., Bellafill): As a semi-permanent option, these can be more expensive, potentially costing up to $2000 per syringe.

Please note that these prices are just to give a general idea as they will vary according to your specific needs. Request an appointment today so you can discuss your dermal filler needs with Dr. Mourad and his team of highly skilled professionals.

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What are the different types of dermal injections?

The dermal fillers themselves can be composed of various substances, including:

Hyaluronic Acid (HA)

A natural substance found in the body, hyaluronic acid delivers nutrients, retains moisture and softness, and adds volume. When used in dermal fillers, it can help to smooth wrinkles and lines and enhance features like the lips and cheeks. Popular HA fillers include brands like Juvéderm and Restylane.

Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA)

Found naturally in human bones, this mineral-like compound is often used in a thicker formulation that lasts longer than HA fillers. It’s best suited to deeper lines and wrinkles, such as nasolabial folds and marionette lines.

Poly-L-lactic Acid

This is a biocompatible (meaning it is safe to use in the body), biodegradable synthetic substance. It’s classified as a collagen stimulator, as it helps your skin to rebuild natural collagen—the protein that provides your skin with structure. A well-known brand of this type of filler is Sculptra.

Polymethyl Methacrylate (PMMA)

A biocompatible synthetic substance that remains under the skin in the form of a tiny ball or “microsphere” to provide continued support. PMMA fillers are used to treat deep wrinkles, furrows, and to fill out thin lips.

These fillers are FDA-approved for use in the face and have been widely adopted due to their effectiveness, safety, and minimal downtime. It’s important to note that while dermal fillers can provide impressive results, they are temporary and require repeat treatments to maintain the effect. The longevity of the result depends on factors such as the type of filler used and the area treated.

What happens during a consultation for dermal fillers?

The hyaluronic acid injection procedure begins with a consultation with an experienced plastic surgeon who will assess your individual needs before creating a customized treatment plan for you. During the procedure itself, a simple injection of hyaluronic acid into strategically placed areas in your face will help restore volume loss while smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid injections are considered quite safe and typically do not require any pre-medication or anesthesia prior to the procedure. Hyaluronic acid fillers produce immediate results that can last from 6 months to 2 years depending on individual factors like lifestyle habits or type of filler used during the treatment session.

How long do the dermal fillers last?

With hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers, results can last anywhere from 6-24 months, depending on the product used and the area treated. Popular areas that are commonly treated include the nasolabial folds (the lines running from the side of your nose to the corners of your mouth), lips, cheeks, chin and jawline.

What areas can dermal fillers treat?

Dermal fillers can be used in various areas, including the lips (lip fillers), cheeks (to restore volume), nasolabial folds and marionette lines (deep folds from the nose and mouth corners), under the eyes (tear trough fillers), and even on the hands. They can also be used for a non-surgical brow lift.

What are the differences between dermal fillers and neuromodulators?

In contrast to dermal fillers, neuromodulators (incorrectly referred to as Botox) are products that paralyze muscles around dynamic wrinkles (such as crow’s feet or “gummy” smile). While neuromodulators will reduce wrinkles in these areas by relaxing the facial muscles, dermal fillers are better suited for adding volume or restoring lost volume without affecting muscle movement.

When done under the guidance of a qualified provider with experience in facial anatomy and injection techniques, both treatments can be extremely effective at enhancing facial appearance while still appearing natural. The key is to find a provider who understands your individual goals and aesthetic preferences in order to create a personalized plan tailored to you.

What is the downtime associated to dermal fillers?

Additionally, there is minimal downtime associated with both treatments; most people return to their daily activities shortly after receiving treatment with few side effects or complications. However, it is important to note that some redness or swelling may occur following injections but should subside within 1-2 days post treatment.

Who is a good candidate for dermal fillers in New York?

Most adults in good general health can be excellent candidates for dermal fillers. During your initial consultation, your provider will assess your skin condition, discuss your cosmetic goals, and health care decisions to determine if dermal fillers are the right treatment option for you.

Are fillers painful?

The experience of pain or discomfort can vary between individuals and depends on the location of the injection and the type of filler used. However, dermal fillers are generally well-tolerated.

To minimize discomfort, most dermal fillers are formulated with lidocaine, a local anesthetic. Additionally, a topical anesthetic cream may be applied to the treatment area before the procedure. Some areas of the face, like the lips, are more sensitive and may require additional anesthetic.

After the procedure, some temporary discomfort, swelling, or bruising might be experienced, but this usually subsides within a few days.

It’s crucial to discuss any concerns about pain or discomfort with Dr. Mourad during your initial consultation so he can explain his approach to managing this and ensure you’re as comfortable as possible during the treatment.

Are dermal fillers safe?

Dermal fillers provide a safe and effective way for individuals to enhance their facial features without surgery or extended recovery periods. With proper care and maintenance following treatment sessions, many individuals can achieve long-term results with minimal discomfort or downtime.

Are there any potential side effects or adverse events with dermal fillers?

While generally considered safe, dermal fillers can lead to temporary side effects like redness, swelling, or bruising at the injection site. Rare but more serious complications can occur, which is why it’s essential to have these treatments administered by a board-certified plastic surgeon or an experienced medical professional such as Dr. Mourad.

How can I ensure natural-looking results with dermal fillers?

Achieving natural-looking results is a combination of using the right type and amount of filler, and the expertise of the provider. During your initial consultation, Dr. Mourad will discuss your aesthetic goals and recommend an approach that will offer subtle and natural enhancement.