Dermal Fillers Q&A

What exactly are Dermal Fillers?

  • Dermal Fillers are a type of injection that can be used to help recontour the face, especially products like Voluma or Perlane. They are also used to help alleviate or soften wrinkles.  Mainly, Filler is used to restore volume lost because of aging in chins, lips, cheeks, and lower eyes.

Are fillers safe to use?

  • Dermal fillers, just like Botox treatments, are very safe. Botox and Fillers have been used for the past 30 years in America, and have revolutionized facial esthetics.

How do Dermal Fillers actually work?

  • Dermal fillers work by injecting the filler into the top layer of a client’s skin, plumping the area, to give it a natural looking fullness. The filler is a naturally-occurring substance, such as hyaluronic acid.

Is it painful to get Dermal Fillers?

  • For the most part, dermal fillers are not painful. With that being said, the amount of pain that you have from the procedure depends on where the procedure was performed, and if numbing agents are used or not. Sensitive areas can even be locally numbed to help alleviate the pain.

Is there any difference between Botox and Dermal Fillers?

  • Yes there is. Botox is generally used to treat active wrinkles. This treatment is usually done on the upper face and around the eyes. Botox treatments are injections of botulinum toxin that weaken the face muscles, so that the wrinkles relax. Dermal fillers can be used to correct wrinkles, but it is more frequently used to actually fill certain parts of the body, such as lips or cheeks. These areas lose volume over time, and dermal fillers plump these areas back up.

What are some of the restrictions on filler treatments?

  • There are some things that you should do before you start a filler treatment. 2 weeks before you go in for a filler treatment, you should avoid any type of aspirin or NSAID, in addition to high quantities of Vitamin E (over 800mg/day), and St. Johns Wart. After treatment, there are no restrictions, although some swelling or slight pain might be present for the first 3-5 days.

What should I let Dr. Wiebe know before she performs this treatment?

  • You should go over all your medical conditions with Dr. Wiebe before your treatment, and especially let her know if you happen to have cold sores in the area that you will have treated. There are medications that you can be prescribed to help prevent recurrence.

Should I have these treatments before or after a big event?

  • The good thing about these types of treatments is that they require very little recovery time. Botox treatment patients usually are good to go 2 hours after their appointment. Dermal fillers, on the other hand, will take slightly longer to heal. In most cases, people that receive Dermal fillers are good to go within 7-10 days. There may be no visual side effects as well. If you have a large event upcoming, try to plan to get your treatment about a week or 2 before the event for the best results.

How long do the typical Dermal filler treatments last?

  • Much like Botox treatments, Dermal filler treatments do not last forever. Generally, a patient can expect to see results lasting anywhere from 6-12 months, but it really depends on the person, the type of drug used, and the location of treatment.

Are dermal fillers 100% effective?

  • Dermal filler treatments are not always 100% effective, and may require multiple treatments to get the desired results.