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Dermal fillers, also known as injectable implants, soft tissue fillers, lip and facial fillers, or wrinkle fillers are medical device implants approved by the FDA for use in helping to create a smoother and/or fuller appearance in the face, including nasolabial folds (the lines extending from the sides of the nose to the edges of the mouth), cheeks, chin, lips, and back of the hands.
Since some dermal fillers are naturally absorbed over time, patients may need to repeat the procedure after some time to maintain the desired effect. Successful results will depend on the underlying tissue structure and the volume and type of filler used. The time that the effect lasts depends on the filler material and the area where it is injected.
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a naturally occurring acid in your skin. It gives your skin volume and keeps it hydrated. With age, your body stops making hyaluronic acid. Results from HA injections usually last six months to a year. Restylane® is a commonly used type of HA filler.
Using a thin needle, your doctor injects small amounts of fillers under your skin. The needle will pinch or sting, but most people don’t experience much pain during these injections. Your doctor may inject the fillers in several areas. The whole process can take a few minutes or up to an hour.
It depends on your area(s) of concern. A handy guide is: "Lines at rest need filler." Filler would also be appropriate for any areas of the face that you want more contoured.
Prices will vary based on how many units are used, as well as the qualifications of the professional performing the treatment.
Once again, it depends. Hyaluronic acid fillers, which come in a variety of thicknesses so that the right one can be chosen for each particular skin type.
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