At the offices of Steven Jepson MD, dermal fillers is one of our specialties. From well-known products like Botox to others like Juvederm and Kybella, there are muliple ways we can help you achieve a more youthful facial appearance.
While many people have heard of Botox, some may not be as familiar with dermal filler like Juvederm. Here are some common questions asked about dermal fillers in general, plus some simple answers.
What Are They?
Dermal fillers are various forms of clear gels, generally made up of a product called hyaluronic acid. This acid is a natural skin substance, one that plays a big role in maintaining the volume and elasticity of the skin all over the body.
By adding hyaluronic acid to various areas, we can supplement your body’s natural production. This helps reduce the appearance of various wrinkles or other lines, leaving you looking younger in a natural way.
Are They Safe?
Yes, dermal fillers are completely safe. Some people are worried by the presence of the word “acid” in the active ingredient, but as mentioned above, hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring bodily substance – and in reality, it’s not even entirely an acid. It’s actually a “water-loving” molecule in the human body that helps hydrate and plump up the skin, meaning it is not harmful to humans in any way. In very rare cases, some people might have an allergic reaction.
Which Areas Are They Meant For?
Dermal fillers are commonly used to fill lines in the lower face, enhance the lips, and lift the cheeks.
How Long Will They Last?
There is no single set answer here – how long a given dermal filler will last depends on which filler you choose, how much of it is injected, and your body’s metabolic rate. The rate of breakdown for dermal fillers within the body can vary pretty widely between patients. In general, fillers will last longer in areas that don’t move often, and shorter in areas that are moved regularly. But you can generally expect Juvederm Ultra – the most commonly injected – to last anywhere for 6-12 months.
Can They Be Undone?
One common concern with dermal fillers is their permanence, but they can easily be undone if you don’t enjoy the results. Hyaluronic acid can be counteracted using a product called hyaluronidase, which dissolves it naturally.
For more on dermal fillers and how they might benefit you, or to learn about any of our medical spa services, speak to the pros at the offices of Steven Jepson MD today.