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What Filler Is Best for Me?

There are so many fillers available. How are you to know which is best for you? Maybe you want to get rid of wrinkles and fine lines or maybe you want plumper lips? Based on the results you are trying to achieve, a dermatologist at Dermatology & Mohs Surgery Institute can help you decide which area needs filler and which filler is best to use. Learn more about different fillers and the results they provide below.

What to Know About Fillers

The Aging Process

Aging can begin in men and women as early as their mid-30s. Noticeable signs of aging may include lost volume in the face, sagging skin, under eye bags and fine lines and wrinkles. The most common factors related to aging are the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays and a loss of collagen production. The more time spent in the sun’s damaging UV rays the bigger the effect it will have on the aging process. UV rays damage the skin in the form of sunburns, age spots and dried out skin. This can jumpstart the aging process. Additionally, loss of collagen is a large factor in the aging process. Collagen is naturally produced in our body but as we age, it is produced less and less. Collagen is what keeps our skin tight, moisturized and looking “young”. As our skin produces less collagen, our face begins to lose its elasticity resulting in sagging skin and fine lines and wrinkles. Fortunately, there are many dermal fillers that can help combat the aging process.

Types of Fillers and How They Work

Most fillers are made with hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in our body. As we age, this is naturally produced less and less. When it is injected through fillers, it helps the body begin naturally reproducing it again while helping to slow or reverse the aging process simultaneously. The most common fillers with hyaluronic acid are Juvéderm products and Restylane products.

Juvederm is best used when you are looking to smooth the under-eye area, plump the lips, smooth the marionette lines, soften facial folds, smooth chin wrinkles or fill acne scars. Restylane is great for smoothing the under-eye area, lifting the cheek area, smoothing marionette lines, softening facial folds, smoothing lip lines and smoothing chin wrinkles. It is important to work with a dermatologist to determine which product is best. They may recommend you try both and see which results you like better.

Once you have chosen the filler you are going to use, the treatment should be done quickly. Minimal discomfort will be felt during treatment, but you can resume your normal activities immediately. After treatment, you may notice slight bruising or swelling but results should already be appearing. Results can last from six to 18 months, but it is recommended to keep up with treatments to continue seeing the results.

The dermatologists at Dermatology & Mohs Surgery Institute want to help enhance your natural beauty and have you feeling confident in your own skin again. If you are in Bloomington, Illinois or surrounding areas, complete this form. We will be in touch for a consultation about which dermal filler is right for you.

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