When it comes to popular cosmetic procedures, soft tissue fillers are second only to botulinum toxin injections, the most popular of these being Botox®. Dermal fillers use an injectable gel derived from calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) or hyaluronic acid to stand in place of lost natural tissues.
Dermal filler gels do what their name implies. As skin ages and develops lines, crevasses, dips, and wrinkles, you can fill the voids with these gels. However, there’s always a risk of overuse. Using too much filler won’t hurt you, but it can leave you with unnatural results that simply don’t look right.
Dermatologist Dr. Jennifer Baron and her team specialize in medical aesthetics, cosmetic procedures based on the real conditions of your skin, designed around your anatomy to keep the shapes and proportions of your face in order. Choosing us for your facial filler treatments assures that you have no surprises, that your results meet your expectations.
Before meeting with us to discuss filler treatment, consider these four tips for making sure you get natural filler results. We’ll take it from there to help you achieve your aesthetic goals.
1. Manage your expectations
Dermal fillers provide a wide range of options, from subtle through dramatic and on to exaggerated. The proportions of your face have a delicate balance and it’s important to preserve these for natural enhancement effects. Think in terms of filling in shadow-causing spaces rather than changing the shape or size of various facial features.
2. Understand what dermal fillers can and can’t do
Dr. Baron uses products made by Radiesse® and Juvederm®. Each product line has its own characteristics. You can think of these as paints in an artist’s palette. We recommend the best product for your needs based on the way the filler blends and fills. Despite their chemical difference, Radiesse and Juvederm work in a similar manner. Injected subdermally, filler gels augment lost volume or fill spaces in your skin’s support layers.
3. Your results depend on your practitioner
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends that you choose a licensed medical professional with experience in dermatology or plastic surgery and who is trained in the use of the dermal filler products they administer. There’s no one-size-fits-all treatment when it comes to filler injections. What works for one patient won’t provide the same results for someone else. You need a provider who understands the anatomy and skin of your face as well as the properties of the fillers they inject.
4. Know the risks
Dermal fillers represent a safe and well-tested cosmetic treatment that millions of people use successfully. There are, however, remote risks that you should understand before deciding on a filler treatment. Most of these are short-term, related to skin reactions around the injection site. The most common side effects of dermal filler treatments include:
- Itchiness, pain, or tenderness around the injection site
- Skin rashes
It’s possible that you can have an allergic response if you’re sensitive to any of the ingredients in the filler. This doesn’t happen very often. As with any injection-based treatment, like blood tests or allergy shots, there’s a very slight risk of infection.
Call Dr. Baron’s San Jose California office at 408-418-8780 to schedule a consultation. You’ll be amazed at the big changes that little treatments can make. Book your visit now.