Dermal fillers have been widely used all around the world for the past few decades. The first use of soft tissue fillers began about 50 years ago, actually. At that time, products were based on animal sources and required pre-testing to avoid an adverse reaction. As you can imagine, that technique never really caught on. Once naturally-derived substances were tested and found to achieve profound results, the approach to anti-aging was changed forever. Since the development of dermal fillers formulated with biocompatible, temporary substances like hyaluronic acid, millions of adults have turned to this treatment to enhance their appearance.
There are several reasons to schedule dermal filler treatment. This technique, by adding volume to the deeper layers of the skin, can achieve several improvements. We commonly use dermal fillers to smooth lines and creases around the nose and mouth as well as on the forehead. Dermal fillers can be used to rejuvenate the jawline and to restore youthful contours to the cheeks and lips. Sometimes, dermal fillers are used to reduce the signs of aging on the backs of the hands.
If you’ve heard what dermal fillers can do and are interested in having this treatment for your personal goals, you may also want to know what to expect. The more you know about your appointment, the more confident you may feel making that call to our Westport dermatology office. Here, we walk you through the process.
We Begin with a Consultation
We should begin by stating that it is important to go to a trained, experienced provider to get dermal filler injections. In the right hands, this treatment is very safe and effective. Your provider may be a board-certified physician or nurse but, in either situation, you want to discuss their experience and training before you agree to treatment.
Our consultation is conducted to get to know your concerns and desired outcome. With this information, we can discuss which product may be ideal for the situation. Additionally, we discuss how much filler will be used and the cost of treatment based on that.
Dermal Filler Treatment
Fillers can be administered right after our consultation. The whole appointment usually takes less than an hour. Patients who are new to injectables commonly worry that treatment will hurt. Rest assured, it does not. We use a tiny needle to administer dermal fillers and most products also mix in an anesthetic to reduce the minor pinching sensation that is common with injections. The great thing about dermal fillers is that, as we administer the series of injections, we are creating visible results in real-time.
After Dermal Filler Treatment
A benefit of dermal filler treatment is that there is no downtime. Once your injections are done, you can go about your day as usual. You may have some minor swelling and redness but these side effects usually fade within a few hours.