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A Quick Guide to Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are bio-compatible material used for facial aesthetic treatments and are injected into the skin to smooth facial wrinkles around the eyes, mouth, and forehead and enhance lips. Dermal fillers La Quinta can be used to revitalize and add volume to the skin, instantly reducing the appearance of wrinkles and lines with a natural look. The result of a single treatment can be seen almost instantly and can last between 6 to 9 months.

Each year a growing number of plastic surgeons and dermatologists who specialize in injecting dermal fillers are offering to patients advanced non-invasive techniques using a mix of dermal fillers to gently lift and contour facial features. These new types of cosmetic procedures, frequently named Liquid Facelift, are becoming a popular alternative for the traditional surgical facelift.

A wide range of dermal fillers are available to patients looking to slow down the aging process without undergoing surgery. Broadly, dermal fillers can be divided into 4 basic categories: autologous fat, collagens, hyaluronic acid, and synthetic. There is no one ideal filler for everyone, nor can one single filler meet every patient’s expectations and wishes.

The most common dermal fillers are based on hyaluronic acid and calcium hydroxylapatite, some of them are made from the patient’s own skin cells, and others work stimulating collagen production gradually over time to renew volume and fullness.

Patients, who want to skip this complexity of human fat, can opt for the synthetic fillers. Several options of synthetic fillers are available which include collagen, hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxylapatite and polylactic acid. Collagen and hyaluronic acid are natural compounds also found in a human body, which makes them the most commonly used synthetic dermal fillers.
The procedure is relatively safe and although side-effects can occur, complications are rare. Topical anesthetic cream or local anesthetic via injection may be used for patient’s comfort. Some products are already mixed with lidocaine, this serves as mild local anesthetic making the treatment more comfortable.  The injections take a matter of minutes and in most cases patients can return to their normal routine immediately. Treated areas remains soft and liquid can be felt inside the area for a few days. Patients are instructed on protecting the area of filling from any external pressure as it may change the position of filling.
It is important for patient’s to know that dermal fillers effects are not permanent and re-treatments are required to maintain the desired results. If the patients do not repeat the treatment once results begun to diminish, or as directed by the doctor, the appearance will return to its pre-treatment state.