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Dermal Fillers

Introduction

The increasing popularity of injectable fillers has placed high demands for beautiful, natural looking results to refresh and reshape the face. As a leading expert in aesthetic rejuvenation, specifically around the eyes and mid-face, Dr. Raymond Douglas provides his patients with a careful selection of fillers so he can meet each patient’s unique needs. Our motto is “Be You Again” and artistically placed filler by Dr. Douglas can help you achieve just that.

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What are fillers?

Dermal fillers are injectable products that are used to enhance or replenish volume, restore youthful contours, and smooth lines and creases on the skin. Where wrinkle reducers like BOTOX are often appropriate for creases around the eyes and on the forehead, where muscle contractions are common, dermal fillers are often introduced to the lower two-thirds of the face.

There are several formulas and different families of dermal filler products available today, including the Restylane and Juvederm family of products. The extensiveness of product choices allows us to achieve optimal aesthetic outcomes for each person. While most dermal fillers are made with the same base ingredient, hyaluronic acid, each product differs in the thickness and consistency of the fluid injected. A thicker, more viscous filler adds structure and is commonly inserted deeper beneath the skin. Thinner, softer formulas are ideal for delicate areas such as the lips.

How long do fillers last?

Dermal fillers break down over time. The results of treatment vary based on various factors. These include the type of filler used, the placement of filler, and the number of injections administered. Once a patient achieves their desired results, touch-up treatments may be needed to maintain youthful looking skin.

Dr. Douglas carefully selects each dermal filler used based on the desired outcome discussed during the initial consultation. Some patients will benefit from more than one type of dermal filler to achieve the extent of rejuvenation they would like. For example, a lighter, softer filler may be used to reduce lip lines or add volume to deflated lips while a second product is administered into the cheeks to enhance contouring in the mid-face. Even when two products are administered in the same visit, their results will diminish differently due to the unique viscosity of each chosen filler.

Generally speaking, fillers with a thicker consistency will last longer. A product such as Voluma may last as long as two years. Most other fillers break down within 9 to 12 months. During your consultation in our Beverly Hills practice, we can estimate how long a filler will last based on your skin assessment.

Am I a candidate for fillers?

Adults of all ages may be good candidates for dermal fillers to reduce the appearance of moderate to severe lines and creases around the nose, mouth, or eyes. The best candidates for fillers are nonsmokers who are in good general health. Smokers can receive treatment, but may not achieve the full extent of beneficial results due to a lack of tissue oxygenation and the squinting and sucking motions made when smoking.

Patients with extreme allergies may not be suited to certain types of dermal fillers. Fillers are also not approved for use in pregnant or nursing women.

Schedule Dermal Filler Treatment with Dr. Douglas Today!

For more information on dermal fillers or to schedule a consultation in our Beverly Hills office, call (310) 657-4302. We look forward to meeting you and providing you with beautiful filler treatment results so you can be you again!

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