Dermal fillers are a safe and effective way to get you back to looking your best. Dr. Sheila Patel of AllureMD in South Loop, Chicago uses Juvéderm® treatments to restore volume and diminish the appearance of lines. Young, healthy skin naturally contains a substance called hyaluronic acid, which we lose as we age. Injectable hyaluronic acid gel fillers are used to naturally restore volume loss and minimize the appearance of lines.
What is a dermal filler?
A dermal filler is a treatment that helps to restore age-related volume loss and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Young healthy skin contains an abundance of a substance called hyaluronic acid. Due to age, sun exposure, and other environmental factors, we lose hyaluronic acid over time.
This causes loss of volume and structural support and can cause skin to appear saggier than when one is young. A dermal filler is a hyaluronic acid gel filler that is used to restore volume loss and diminish the appearance of wrinkles or hollows in the face.
What are some benefits of using dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers are used to restore volume loss and diminish the appearance of lines. This may include:
Volume loss in the cheek due to aging
Laugh lines or "parentheses" around the mouth
Tear trough under the eyes
"Smokers lines" around the mouth
Marionette lines down from the corners of the mouth
Acne or other facial scars
After an initial consultation, Dr. Patel determines how dermal fillers can enhance the areas causing you the most concern.
What are some types of dermal fillers?
Juvéderm is a line of products that use hyaluronic acid in a variety of formulations. Depending on your needs, Dr. Patel may use:
Voluma®: ideal for cheeks, such as age-related mid-face volume loss
Volbella®: for lips and fine lines around the mouth
Vollure®: for moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds
Juvéderm Ultra®: for moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, or lips
Juvéderm Ultra Plus®: for moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds
Each of these treatments allows for the natural restoration of volume loss and reduction of wrinkles, without affecting muscle movement or facial expression.
How soon can I see results?
You will see results immediately. However, the true results will be seen about two weeks later, after the filler has settled in and any bruising has resolved.
What does preparation for dermal fillers entail?
Avoid aspirin and ibuprofen for 10 days prior to treatment to minimize the risk of bruising. Also, avoid taking vitamin E and fish oil. If you have a history of cold sores, please notify your provider in advance of treatment.