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Dermal Fillers
Key Points:
  • Find out which type/brand is best for you
  • This should be performed in a clean environment
  • This procedure must be performed by a doctor, nurse, or physician assistant
  • New and sterile needles and syringes are needed

What is it?

Dermal fillers are gel-like substances that are injected beneath the skin to restore lost volume. More specifically, dermal fillers are used to treat thin lips, shallow contours, and facial creases or wrinkles. Dermal fillers are temporary treatments for facial aging and ongoing treatments are needed for long-term results.

There are many types of dermal fillers. It is important to discuss with your doctor to decide which type is best for you. The most common types are:
  • Calcium hydroxylapatite – Brand names: Radiesse
  • Hyaluronic acid – Brand names include: Captique, Esthélis, Elevess, Hylaform, Juvederm, Perlane, Prevelle, Puragen, Restylane
  • Polyalkylimide – Brand names include: Aquamid
  • Polylactic acid – Brand names include: Sculptra
  • Polymethyl-methacrylate microspheres – Brand names include: Bellafill

Who can perform it?
Although it is a quick, in-office procedure, effective and safe use requires a physician with specialized training and a thorough understanding of facial anatomy to recommend and inject an appropriate filler. Significant complications can occur with dermal fillers, as with any medical procedure.

Whomever you choose, make sure your provider has a proven background in cosmetic medicine as well as training and substantial experience performing filler injections. If an RN or PA will be performing your injections, that person should be working closely under the supervision of a qualified physician, preferably a board certified cosmetic surgeon.

As with any injection, ensure that your provider is using safe injection practices to protect you from infection. Needles, syringes, and even medication vials should not be used on multiple patients. Ensure they are using new needles and syringes by asking them to open the packages in front of you.

When performed properly, severe complications from dermal fillers are uncommon. Potential risks vary depending on the specific filler used and the relative permanence of the filler substance.


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