Face fillers or dermal filler injections are terms referring to substances injected beneath the skin into specific areas of the face, such as your lips, around the mouth and cheeks, to increase volume. This cosmetic treatment creates a more youthful appearance, smoothing wrinkles, pitted acne scars and skin folds. What is being filled (or replaced) is lost fat that dissolves as we get older.
Dr. Monique S. Cohn, DO FAOCD at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Center, defines face filler as a gel-like substance, made of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance already found in your body. Your body eventually absorbs filler without problems since your skin is basically made of hyaluronic acid. Two of the most popular fillers go by the brand names: Juvéderm or Restylane.
As your skin ages, the cells lose the ability to produce hyaluronic acid. As a result, the skin begins to lose volume, often resulting in thinning lips, facial wrinkles, and folds or draping. Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are used to temporarily replace the lost hyaluronic acid restoring the skin’s volume with a smooth, natural appearance.
Injectable fillers shape and sculpt the face from underneath the surface to correct and contour. The hyaluronic acid in Juvéderm or Restylane clings to your skin providing volume. It also attracts more water, helping to preserve and extend the added volume.
Almost anyone can get fillers since the procedure is easily done and recovery is quick. Juvéderm or Restylane is injected in our office and involves no incisions. It contains lidocaine (an anesthetic) to minimize any discomfort you might experience. Issues, or undesired results and complications are rare with fillers, usually only resulting from treatments done by inexperienced injectors.
Filler injections can take anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes. Dr. Monique S. Cohn does all injections herself. She customizes each dermal filler treatment to deliver tailor-made results that complement her patients’ natural facial anatomy. She does not want to change the way you look. She just wants to make you look more youthful!
Often her patients say fillers soften their appearance and make them look happier. Wrinkles and draping skin around the mouth can make you look sad or angry when you are not.
There is no downtime after facial filler treatments. Some patients experience minor tenderness, redness and some swelling in the treated area, but this should subside quickly. Most normal activities can be continued immediately after treatment.
Rejuvenation effects are noticeable immediately. Patients can enjoy the outcome of their procedure for as long as 12 to 18 months. Regularly scheduling facial filler treatments can help maintain beautiful results. Ideal candidates for this procedure can relate to one or more of the following cosmetic concerns:
- Smile lines
- Facial wrinkles
- Vertical lip lines
- Sunken cheeks
- Volume loss in the lips
For a personal assessment of what you want and can achieve with fillers like Juvéderm or Restylane, easily schedule an appointment on-line or call 330-425-7600 at our Twinsburg office for a consultation with Dr. Monique S. Cohn to discuss what this treatment will mean for you.