Dermal fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm are used to fill in facial creases, plump up the lips, and sculpt the cheeks. These fillers can soften the signs of aging by sculpting the jaw line and softening the jowls. The effects are immediate and patients can return to work that same day.
As the face ages, the youthful areas of fat become thinner and droop. One important area of fat lies just under the cheekbone in a young person. With age, this area of fat thins out and moves lower and closer to the mouth. It creates a roll and a crease that runs from the nose to the corner of the mouth. The area under the cheek bone begins looking hollow. This is called a “tear trough deformity”, as if a tear drop from the eye would run through this trough as it rolls down the cheek. These rolls and hollow areas create shadows that can make a patient look older and tired. By filling these areas of lost fat, the patient can achieve a more youthful, rested appearance.
The skin can be anesthetized prior to the procedure with numbing cream or even with a nerve block (dental block). The entire procedure usually takes about a half an hour, and the effects are immediate. Although some patients can have bruising, it is typically mild and most people return to work the same day.
Dermal Fillers FAQs
How long does Juvederm and Restylane last?
This depends on the patient and the area injected. The results can last up to a year, and some recent studies have shown that when the area is retreated at 4 1/2 months, the effects can be still be seen at 18 months.
Do I need skin testing for Juvederm or Restylane?
Skin testing was required in the past when collagen injections were being used, but not with these products. It depends on the particular patient, but most people can be injected on the first office visit. Patients with severe allergies (anaphylaxis) are not good candidates for dermal fillers.
Do I need to see a doctor before being prescribed Latisse?
Latisse is a prescription medication and, as with all new medications, you and your doctor should discuss potential benefits and risks before your start it for the first time. Your doctor will also discuss the application techniques to achieve the best possible results.