Dermal Filler Treatment

What It Is

As we age, fat deposits in our face begin to deflate, which is coupled with the loss of
collagen and elastin in your skin. This can cause skin to sag and wrinkle, which can be a source of self-consciousness for many patients.

 

Like the name suggests, dermal fillers are a minimally invasive treatment to create and restore volume to your skin that is lost through the aging process. They can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and treat facial volume loss, giving you a more youthful and refreshed appearance.

Treatment Areas

Dermal fillers typically treat the following areas that are most impacted by volume loss in
the face:

Cheeks

Smile Lines

Smile Lines

Jawline

Chin

Hands

Dermal filler treatments typically offered are Belotero, Radiesse, and Revanesse. Most
fillers are made of hyaluronic acid, with the exception of Radiesse, which is made of a
calcium suspension. Because it uses calcium rather than hyaluronic acid, Radiesse also
helps stimulate natural collagen production for longer-lasting results, as compared to a
hyaluronic acid filler alone.

How to Prepare

Before your treatments begin, you will meet with a Medical Provider who will develop a treatment plan based on your unique needs and concerns. They will also determine the best filler brand for your skin, that will help you reach your individual goals, as no filler is one-size-fits-all.

Leading up to your treatment, it is recommended to do the following to ensure you are
well prepared and to avoid any potential complications:

01/

Schedule at least 2 weeks before a major social event to allow for any swelling/bruising

02/

Avoid alcohol consumption at least 1 week beforehand.

03/

Prep your skin with your regular skincare routine to ensure it is in the best possible condition

04/

Use sunscreen to protect your skin from UV rays

05/

Avoid blood thinners up to a week before treatment to reduce swelling and
bruising side effects (including aspirin and ibuprofen)

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How It Works

The treatment itself, regardless of the brand used, involves injecting the filler into your
skin in sessions of approximately 30 minutes. It really is that simple! In addition, we use
topical numbing agents, and most fillers contain localized pain relief, such as lidocaine,
so you won’t be in discomfort during the procedure itself, or immediately afterward.

Results You Can Expect

With all dermal filler treatments, results are immediate after your first treatment. The
results will continue to improve over the following 14 days as the filler settles and
naturally integrates into your skin. As mentioned above, Radiesse will also stimulate
your skin’s collagen production for additional improvements on top of the filler itself.
Depending on the brand of filler used, you may need multiple treatments to maintain
your results. For hyaluronic acid fillers this will typically be in a 6-12 month period for
upkeep and optimal results. By comparison, for Radiesse, maintenance treatments are
usually only needed every 1-2 years because of its additional features.

Potential Complications

A common concern is with fillers is that you’ll very obviously look like you’ve had work done. Not to worry! An experienced injector like those at Biomend Aesthetics will ensure that you don’t look like you’ve had fillers, or end up with disproportionate features. The best results are those that look natural, after all!

 

That said, some swelling, redness, and bruising is possible immediately after the procedure, though this will be temporary. Most patients are able to resume their normal activities right away without issue. There are a few things to keep in mind as you are recovering and enjoying your results!

1.

Avoid alcohol for 24 hours after your appointment

2.

Avoid exposure to heat and sun where possible

3.

Use sun screen to protect your skin when outside

4.

Avoid strenuous exercise immediately after your appointment

5.

Apply a cold compress to the area as needed to reduce swelling and help
with pain