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Dermal Fillers: The Basics

Although dermal fillers have been around for a while, some of you may still be uncertain if it’s the right next step.  While botox is a great solution for the dynamic, or movement wrinkles on your face, dermal fillers such as Voluma, Juvederm, Belotero, and Radiesse are great for those wrinkles that have established themselves in undesirable locations.  Here are the basics about what you need to know about dermal fillers.

What exactly do dermal fillers do? As we get older, our skin begins to lose its natural hyaluronic acid (HA), which causes our skin to lose structure and volume, creating unwanted facial wrinkles in places like our nasolabial folds and marionette lines.  Dermal fillers restore that missing HA creating smoother and plumper skin in treated areas.

Who can benefit from filler? Filler is used to treat a number of facial issues that may be bothering you from smile lines, to restoring the plumpness in your cheek area or temples that have diminished over time.  Your health care provider at WDC can advise you on where you will see the best results and most improvements.

How long does it last?  While it varies by what product is used, most fillers last anywhere from 6 months up to 2 years!

How do you know what product to use?  Fillers have come a long way since they were first used as facial rejuvenation treatments.  It can get confusing as to what product may be best for you, but that’s where we come in! Your WDC provider will be able to inform you on what products are most effective in specific areas of your face.   The best results come from using the right one correctly, so having a trained provider perform your procedure is imperative.

Is there any downtime? Filler is a simple, non-surgical procedure there is minimal downtime.  Some may experience mild swelling with the potential of bruising.  If you do get a bruise it can last up to a week, but is typically covered well with makeup.  Results are seen immediately, making dermal fillers one of our favorite procedures– it’s easy to fit into a busy schedule and requires little maintenance!

How drastic are the results?  Your appearance will ultimately be driven by the techniques and amount of product used, but at WDC we are known for our noticeable, yet natural results.  Less is always more when it comes to our philosophy on treatments. With the advanced treatment techniques at WDC, we have gotten away from simply filling in lines, but are able to place the product in certain areas to give you natural and effective results.

Dermal fillers can give you that youthful look for a fraction of what a surgical procedure with cost, all in just a 30-minute appointment! WDC has been recognized by Allergan, the maker of Botox, as a Diamond account, which represents the top 3% of practices in the nation. Dr. Rosalyn George has also been identified by Allergan as a trainer for Botox, Juvederm and Voluma and we are ranked the top volume practice for these treatments in Eastern NC!  All of our providers are experienced and trained in cosmetics so don’t hesitate to contact any of them for a free consult, or if you’re ready to take the next step, we are holding a cosmetic event December 2nd-5th, giving you great discounts on our dermal filler and Botox treatments.