What are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers at Greenbrae Dermatology are a non-invasive treatment used to restore youth and volume to the face. As we age, our skin begins to lose its elasticity and natural hydration. This, combined with the effects of gravity, can lead to lines, wrinkles and sagging of the skin.
Fillers are an excellent treatment to restore volume and plumpness to lips, chin, cheeks, the jawline, the area under the eyes, and even the nose.* In some cases, fillers can be used to improve the appearance of scars.*
Dermal fillers are fast and easy. They are administered via tiny injections and the results are visible instantly. Filler injections are quick and simple, and provide instant results with a minimal amount of discomfort and downtime.*
How does treatment with Dermal Filler work?
Dermal fillers are gels that consist of a substance that mimics what is naturally found under the skin.
After a consultation with your dermatologist during which your goals and expectations will be thoroughly discussed, your dermatologist will lay out your treatment plan. Your procedure will then begin. A numbing cream will be applied to the treatment area and you will wait about 30 minutes for it to take effect.
A tiny needle will be used to inject the filler into the targeted areas. Your dermatologist may apply ice at the same time to minimize bruising. Between treatment areas or sides of your face, your dermatologist may give you the opportunity to examine your face in the mirror. Your input can be used to guide the procedure as it progresses.
We all want to look and feel our best and dermal fillers offer a simple and painless way to knock years off your appearance. The natural gel encourages the skin to produce more collagen to restore a youthful appearance.
Types of Dermal Fillers We Offer
RHA Collection of Fillers
RHA Collection is the only FDA-approved hyaluronic acid filler for dynamic wrinkles and folds.
Dynamic wrinkles and folds appear in areas of the face that move repetitively. Your face is dynamic, making millions of movements and micro-movements every day. Movements like squinting, frowning, laughing, and talking create dynamic wrinkles and folds. These wrinkles and folds can be difficult to treat because dermal fillers may cause the area to appear stiff or unnatural when the face moves.
RHA Collection is designed to be resilient enough to adapt to your facial movement, which may provide a more natural look at rest and in motion.*
Unlike other fillers, the RHA fillers are modified the least, allowing for the preservation of the natural entanglements of hyaluronic acid. This means the hyaluronic acid gel in RHA fillers most closely resembles your body’s own natural Hyaluronic Acid.
Juvéderm injectable gel is a smooth filler that smooths out wrinkles and folds along the sides of your nose and mouth.* The results are both instant and natural, beautifully leveling the skin to reduce or eliminate signs of lines.* Everyone will notice, but no one will know.
Your provider can tell you which Juvéderm treatment formulation is right for you. There are two options:
- Juvéderm Ultra injectable gel, which is optimally formulated for versatility in contouring and volumizing wrinkles and folds.
- Juvéderm Ultra Plus, a robust formulation for volumizing and correcting deeper wrinkles and folds.
With Juvéderm, our Greenbrae-based team can reduce various signs of aging. Adding volume to the mid-face can restore the youthful “apple” of the cheeks. The dermal filler can soften the appearance of nasolabial folds and laugh lines, enhance thin lips, and better contour the jawline.* Each provides a smooth and natural appearance in just a few minutes.
Juvéderm Voluma XC is among the latest FDA-approved hyaluronic acid fillers that has been specifically designed to achieve a long-lasting volumizing effect in the face area, particularly useful for cheek augmentation.* Hyaluronic acid is naturally present in our skin and its capability to absorb and retain water molecules is an important contributor to natural firmness and youthfulness of the skin. As we age, the amount of hyaluronic acid in our skins diminishes and manifests itself as lost volume.
Juvéderm Voluma XC acts effectively to restore facial volume and treat and adjust the facial features such as cheeks and cheekbones that become hollow or appear dropped as a result of aging or rapid changes in weight. Right after the injection, patients will often enjoy rounder and fuller facial contours – fuller and youthful cheeks, firmer and higher cheekbones, and smoother softer jawlines – which contribute to a balanced, softer and youthful look.* What’s more, the treatment effects of Juvéderm Voluma XC can last for up to 2 years!
Belotero Balance dermal filler is an injectable filler that quickly integrates into your skin. Once injected, it instantly smoothes the lines and wrinkles in your face.*
Belotero Balance is made from the same material, hyaluronic acid, as other dermal fillers. It is unique in the way the properties of the of the fillers adapt to the skin for soft and even correction.*
Belotero Balance works immediately upon injection. * When an area is fully treated, the dermal filler plumps the skin and smoothes away lines and wrinkles.* Since this treatment works instantly many of our patients use Belotero Balance to aid with common trouble spots.
- Forehead lines
- Lines around the eyes
- Decrease lines account the mouth
- Increase the volume in cheeks and around the eyes
Radiesse and Radiesse (+) are FDA-approved dermal fillers that are used to treat signs of aging, and smoothing moderate to severe facial fine lines, wrinkles, and folds, such as nasolabial folds (the creases that extend from the corner of your nose to the corner of your mouth).* Radiesse injections stimulate your body’s natural collagen, filling facial wrinkles and folds.* It can be used for wrinkles near the mouth, but should not be used for lip augmentation. Radiesse is also used for correcting volume loss in the back of the hands.* A numbing cream is used to prevent the treatment from being unnecessarily uncomfortable.
What Happens After Your Procedure?
Immediately following your treatment you can return to your normal daily activities.* There is no downtime associated with this non-surgical procedure.
How Long Do the Results of Dermal Filler Treatment Last?
Our treatment uses non-permanent dermal fillers. This means that together, we can fine-tune or completely change your results. The results of your Dermal Fillers treatment at Greenbrae Dermatology can last from six months to two years, depending on the type of filler used in your case.*
*Disclaimer, results may vary from person to person.