Injectable dermal fillers are injectable gels made from naturally-occurring substances, including collagen and hyaluronic acid. Dermal fillers are injected just under the skin in order to add volume to aging skin, lips and to fill and lift wrinkles and folds. Dermal fillers add volume for a more natural youthful appearance.
The majority of dermal fillers contain hyaluronic acid as their main active ingredient. Hyaluronic acid based dermal fillers include Restylane and Juvederm. Hyaluronic acid is a natural component of the skin.
A skin test is not necessary if a hyaluronic acid based dermal filler is being used.
Before the procedure begins, some clinics and most patients prefer to numb the face with a topical anesthetic cream. If the procedure is for lip augmentation, anesthetic injections can be used.
During the dermal filler procedure, the dermal filler gel is applied under the skin in tiny amounts using a very fine needle. The procedure can be mildly uncomfortable.
The dermal filler treatment procedure can take up to an hour to complete. However, most treatments only take 5 to 10 minutes.
If the procedure is on a smaller area many people can resume their regular daily activities right away. If larger areas are treated longer recovery times may be required, up to a couple of days. The gel produces volume under the wrinkle, which is lifted up and smoothed out. When enhancing lips or facial contours, Fillers add volume and shape to the treated area.