Dermal Fillers

As the skin ages, it becomes saggy due to a loss of collagen and fat. Dermal fillers are one safe cosmetic surgery that injects natural or synthetic fatty tissues into the skin to regenerate your plump, youthful glow.

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Dermal filler treatment is hardly a new technique. As early as the 1890s, doctors took fat from patients' arms and inserted it into their faces to fatten up loose areas and make them firmer.

Dermal fillers are broadly classified starting with non-permanent (re-absorbable) and ranging up to permanent (non-absorbable). Non-permanent fillers contain bovine (an ingredient derived from cows' skin), cymetra (derived from human skin), isolagen (cells that are grown from your own skin) and hyaluronic acid.

Hyaluronic acid is the leading dermal filler. It's more compatible with our bodies than collagen injections. With hyaluronic acid, patients experience less risk of allergy and don't require a skin test before using it.

Non-permanent dermal fillers can last up to two years or longer. They are popular to fill out the folds and wrinkles on the forehead, eyes, cheeks, jaw and chin. Thicker fillers can also give you bee-stung lips, and smooth deep acne or other scarring.

To achieve the best results, your practitioner might recommend combining a couple of different fillers. Depending on the area being treated and the filler's ingredients, dermal treatment can last from 30-minutes, up to an hour per session. The recovery time can range from a few hours to a few days.

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