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Non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatments have become incredibly popular in the last few decades, and that trend shows no sign of slowing.
Some of the more popular non-surgical treatments include injectable dermal fillers. Dermal fillers restore lost volume in the face, bringing back plumpness and smoothing out wrinkles and lines. While dermal fillers work well for patients of all ages to address several cosmetic concerns, many people don’t know that there are different types of fillers, and not all filler injectors have the same skill level.
One issue with dermal fillers is that they can be bought, sold, and injected by people with minimal training. The use of dermal fillers is more of an art than a science. Skilled dermal filler injectors can choose the right filler, in the right amounts, to treat a specific issue. If you want good results, it’s always best to choose a well trained and board-certified plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Hiatt.
How Do Dermal Fillers Work?
Dermal fillers work by restoring volume in the face. The most common types of fillers, which are hyaluronic acid-based, cause tissues to retain water, allowing lost volume to be returned. This means that the plumpness created by fillers is not the same consistency as natural fat, though it may look like it.
Most dermal fillers offer immediate results, or nearly so, and last for fifteen months or more (depending on how much and where the filler is injected). Fillers can be used to correct for volume loss, reduce wrinkles in most areas of the face, or even work as a preventative measure to ensure wrinkles do not form in the first place.
What Are Dermal Fillers Made of?
Dermal fillers are usually made of hyaluronic acid, which causes tissue to absorb and hold water. Dr. Hiatt offers JUVÉDERM® and JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC, both of which are hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers.
How Are Dermal Fillers Different Than BOTOX® Cosmetic?
Unlike BOTOX® Cosmetic, dermal fillers are not meant to stop the muscles from functioning. Therefore, dermal fillers work on wrinkles caused by aging, sun damage, or lifestyle factors (such as smoking) instead of those caused by repeated muscle movements.
Dermal filler injections can be combined with BOTOX® Cosmetic to address a wider variety of facial wrinkles.
Want to Learn More?
Dr. Hiatt is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), guaranteeing that he has the training and experience to provide safe, high-quality results. He is also a member of the prestigious American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and The Aesthetic Society (ASAPS). To learn more about dermal fillers or schedule your consultation with Dr. Hiatt, please call (480) 844-1410 or fill out our online consultation form.