THE SCOOP ON DERMAL FILLERS


While fillers are not a substitute for a facelift, they are a good option for someone who doesn’t choose cosmetic surgery or wants to postpone the time for a facelift. Fillers are also sometimes used along with a facelift to enhance facial volume, as skin tightening alone does not correct everything that occurs during the aging process.

Soft tissue fillers can help achieve a younger, more rested appearance. How is that possible? Typically features such as deepened nasolabial folds, jowls, marionette lines, cheek flattening or hollowing, tear troughs, and vertical lines between the eyebrows occur as we age. Fillers can restore some of that facial volume in a fifteen minute office treatment with minimal recovery time.

Does it hurt?

No, because the area to be treated is first numbed with an injected anesthetic, a topical anesthetic gel, cold air or a combination of these numbing agents. Afterward, mild swelling and redness is usually seen for a day or two. Bruising is possible but may not occur at all.

Is it costly?

Prices for dermal fillers vary depending on the substance being used, by the surgeon performing the service. For example, a surgeon’s fees may vary greatly depending on his/her experience with the procedure and where they practice. Below is a chart that gave the average price for soft tissue fillers in 2007, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Dermal Filler Brand Name(s) Average Price
Calcium Hydroxylapatite Radiesse® $807

Collagen

Cosmoplast®, Cosmoderm®, Artefill®,Zyderm®, Zyplast® $394
Fat $1,489
Hyaluronic Acid Restylane®, Juvederm®, Hylaform® $598
(Poly-L-Lactic) Polylactic Acid Sculptra® $1,128

Want to learn more about fillers? Read my more in depth article.

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