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How to Choose the Right Dermal Filler

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Because dermal fillers offer many of the benefits of a surgical facelift without the downtime, the popularity of these non-invasive cosmetic treatments have been growing year after year. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) 2012 Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Statistics almost 2,000,000 procedures were performed in the USA alone during 2012. Dermal fillers are an excellent choice for minimizing wrinkles, plumping lips, filling out shallow contours, and restoring youthful fullness to the face. One important thing to keep in mind when evaluating your options is that there is no such thing as the perfect dermal filler. However, by selectively employing the existing range of choices and matching them to your specific needs you will achieve the best results. With all the different kinds of dermal fillers out there, choosing the right one can be overwhelming. To help you find not only the dermal filler for you, but also the best doctor or injector we put together this list to guide you through your decision: •

Choosing a professional with a high level of experience in injecting dermal fillers is the best way to achieve your goals – some of the most common complaints about dermal fillers involve cosmetic issues related to incorrect placement, asymmetry and overfilling. An experienced professional is most likely to avoid these problems and offer the kind of subtle correction that’s not overdone.

Discuss your options with your injector - When choosing a dermal filler, a consultation with your injector is the best place to start. Take a good look at your face with your injector to decide which areas will benefit from the dermal filler. Once you have decided on the areas that you might want to treat, you and your injector can decide on the dermal filler that might work best for you.

Understand the differences between dermal fillers – There are several types of temporary fillers. There are fillers based on hyaluronic acid – such as Juvederm and Restylane (which last about a year ) that are used to fill smaller lines around the mouth, hollowing under eyes, fine lines such as crows feet, and “smoker lines” and give volume to the lips. Radiesse which uses calcium hydoxylapatite lasts a year or greater and is used to give greater volume, fill deep lines, build cheeks and lift sagging skin with a technique called “liquid facelift”. Sculptra is made of polylactic acid and is a collagen stimulator rather than a filler and is a gradual progressive treatment that utilizes your collagen to add volume and the results can last for 2 years or longer.

Understand the possible side effects - Temporary swelling, bruising, redness and soreness are all normal dermal fillers risks. These symptoms are usually not serious and should resolve on their own over time. Also cysts, bumps, irregularities, nodules and granulomas are all potential injection site dermal fillers complications.

Understanding the risks and complications – The chances of having an allergic reaction after a treatment are very small, however skin testing may be recommended if there is a chance that you might be allergic to any substance in the filler of your choice. Allergic reactions can usually be treated successfully with steroid injections in the affected area.

Images Med Spa is a state of the art of cosmetic center and medical spa in Skokie offering Botox, Dermal Fillers and laser treatments to Chicago, Skokie, Wilmette and Evanston patients. Visit www.imagesmedspa.com or call (847) 853-1100 to learn more about our services


A Guide to Dermal Fillers