What Is Dermal Filler?

Although dermal filler has been around for about 40 years, they are currently gaining popularity amongst the general population. Dermal filler has come a long way since it was introduced in the 1970’s using various animal collagens. Since then, scientists have done extensive research to find out the best route to go with for dermal filling. Many people are still relatively unfamiliar with what precisely a dermal filler is and what exactly it does. Are dermal fillers safe? What should one expect when we get it done? Dr. Thom Rogers is here today to answer some of the questions surrounding dermal fillers.

What Product is used for Dermal Fillers?

Juvederm is what Dr. Thom uses in his office. Juvederm is an Allergan dermal filler product. Juvederm is considered one of the most reputable dermal fillers and has good outcomes with long lasting benefits. Generally, Juvederm lasts about nine months to a year after injections. Juvederm has been FDA approved since 2006 in the U.S. and on the market in Canada and Europe since 2003. 

Dermal filler is hyaluronic acid, an acid that is naturally present in the human body. It is found in the highest concentrations in skin, fluids in the eyes, and joints. Using a naturally occurring substance as a dermal filler is the right choice because your body will not  reject it.

How Does Dermal Filler Work?

Dermal filler is a substance that is injected into the skin to thicken areas that you would like filled out or plumped up. People use it on various parts of their body. There are many different types of dermal fillers for different uses in different parts of the body. Generally, the difference between the types is the thickness, the molecular weight, or density. For example, you would want to use a dermal filler that has a light molecular weight on the lips and under the eyes because they are naturally soft areas.

It can be used to plump the lips or reshape them if they are unbalanced. Sometimes in older folks, they have some profound wrinkles, or they have lost a lot of facial and fat volume. These people will want a much thicker filler, for places like the cheeks. A thicker filler creates more volume when it’s injected. Getting the correctly weighted fill is key to getting the best results. This is why you should always see a reputable doctor like Dr. Thom to have these procedures done.

What is the Process?

A topical anesthetic is used to numb up the patients face for 15-20 minutes so that the initial injections are not painful. The dermal filler is combined with lidocaine, so once the injections start working, there area being worked on will go numb. The person will have a good idea of the results almost immediately. Some fillers will hydrate about 10% more, so they will see more results over the next week or so. Small subtle and natural enhancements will help people look fresher and feel better about themselves! The cost to have dermal fillers ranges depending on how much work the person would like done, the range is generally between $450-$2000+.

Dr. Thom does his work because it is important to him that people feel good about themselves. He feels that when people are happy with how they look and feel comfortable, that will also reflect on their mental and physical well being. He believes that natural and subtle enhancements will make people look fresher and feel better. If you are interested or have more questions, give us a call at Core Vitality at (541) 602-0260 in Corvallis, Oregon.

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