Ask This About Dermal Filler Injections

Dermal filler injections are used to minimize fine lines and wrinkles, and can add more fullness and volume to the face, resulting in a more youthful appearance. Dermal fillers can be used to help plump the lips, soften creases and wrinkles on the face, improve the appearance of some scars and enhance areas of the face, making dermal filler injections a popular choice for people who want to look younger, without the need for cosmetic surgery. Celebrities like Jenny McCarthy, Lori Loughlin, Molly Sims and Courteney Cox use these injections to get rid of the bags from beneath their eyes. If you're considering dermal filler injections, be sure to ask the following questions to determine whether or not dermal fillers are right for you. 

How much do dermal filler injections cost?

The cost of your dermal filler injections will vary depending on a number of factors, including the material used and where you have the procedure done. Generally speaking, dermal filler injections can range anywhere from $650 to well over $1,000. If you're considering dermal filler injections, check with several clinics to compare prices before making your decision, but never opt for the lowest price without doing thorough research on the qualifications of the staff. 

How soon can I expect to see results after the procedure?

Most dermal filler injections offer immediate results following the injections, especially in diminishing fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and lips. If you're looking for immediate results, talk to your dermatologist or doctor about dermal filler options, and which may be the best choice for you. 

How long do dermal filler injections last?

The length of time your dermal filler injections will last will depend on which type of dermal filler you opt for. Some dermal fillers will last anywhere from six months to two years, while semi-permanent or permanent fillers can last up to five years or longer. 

Are synthetic or natural dermal fillers best?

There are pros and cons to both natural and synthetic dermal fillers. Synthetic fillers may last much longer than natural fillers, but also come with a higher risk of an allergic reaction or migration of the filler. Natural fillers, on the other hand, have a much lower risk of allergic reaction, but also do not last as long as synthetic. Talk to your doctor or esthetician to determine which is the right choice for you.

What are the risks associated with dermal filler injections?

Risks associated with dermal filler injections include allergic reaction to the filler and lumping or migration of the filler material. When choosing dermal filler injections, it's important to get your injections from a highly-skilled, trained professional, which can help offset many of the risks associated with dermal filler injections. 

At what age should I consider dermal fillers?

There is no "right" age to get dermal filler injections, but since there are (small) risks involved, you should not opt for dermal fillers when a regular skincare routine and effective skincare products may get you the results you're looking for. If skincare products are no longer helping with signs of aging, however, dermal filler injections may be a good option for you. Talk to your dermatologist or esthetician to find out if you're a good candidate for this procedure.

Are dermal filler injections the same as Botox injections?

No, dermal filler injections are very different from Botox, and in fact, some people choose to receive both dermal filler and Botox injections for optimal results. Botox works stopping muscle movement in areas around the forehead and eyes, which can lessen the appearance or development of wrinkles. Fillers, on the other hand, place synthetic or natural material beneath the skin to plump the area, reducing wrinkles and creases in the skin. 

Which dermal filler is best?

Contrary to what the various brands of dermal fillers would have you believe, there really isn't much difference between the various fillers available, short of whether they are synthetic or natural. Much more important is the skill of the person doing the filler injections and following any aftercare instructions, so your fillers are placed properly and last as long as possible.

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