WHAT ARE FILLERS?
Dermal fillers are gel-like substances that can be injected beneath the skin to restore lost volume, improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Fillers can be used around the eyes, cheeks, mouth, and jawline. Lip fillers are administered directly into the lip tissue.
Fillers can help plump lips, fill hollow cheeks, repair various facial imperfections, improve scars, and elevate deep folds. The result is a smoother, more youthful appearance with minimal “downtime” and maximum safety. Fillers are very popular with both men and women and can be a cost-effective way to look younger without surgery.
HOW DO FILLERS WORK?
As we age, we lose collagen and elastin, both of which help us look youthful. Fillers restore that lost volume to the face, smoothing deep lines and folds. There are three types of fillers that we carry here at Hull Aesthetics. They are Hyaluronic Acid, Calcium hydroxylapatite, and Poly-L-lactic Acid fillers.
Many fillers we have are Hyaluronic Acid (HA) based. HA is a naturally occurring substance that is found in our skin, helping keep it hydrated and plump. Our Juvederm family of fillers, our Restylane products, and Belotero are HA based. The effects of these fillers are seen immediately.
Calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) is another naturally occurring substance in our body, mainly found in our bones. This substance, when mixed with a gel, forms a thicker filler than an HA base. Typically, CaHA fillers last longer and help stimulate natural collagen production. A CaHA filler we offer is Radiesse, which is clinically proven to last a year or more in many patients.
Finally, the last type of filler we offer is a Poly-L-lactic Acid fillers. These fillers are classified as collagen stimulators. They smooth fine lines by helping your skin rebuild natural collagen. Sculptra Aesthetic is an example of this type of filler and the results can last more than two years.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING MY APPOINTMENT?
Our filler journeys begin with a consultation. During that time, your provider will evaluate your areas of concern and review your medical history. (Always fully disclose your medical history. While the risk from fillers is minimal, certain medications, allergies, or conditions can effect your results). Together, you and your provider will develop a treatment plan which will work with your budget and your skin concerns. This plan will guide you through the process of fillers and can be adjusted as your needs change.
Before the treatment, the area will be cleaned. While many fillers contain lidocaine, you may opt for a topical anesthetic, an ice pack, or Pro-Nox Nitrous Oxide. Once you are comfortable, your provider will begin injecting the product strategically beneath the skin. After treatment, some patients experience mild bruising and swelling, but these effects are temporary and should subside within days.
You can review our list of recommended pre and post care instructions here. (Español)
HOW LONG WILL MY RESULTS LAST?
As we mentioned above in “HOW DO FILLERS WORK?”, the effectiveness of a filler is based on it’s composition. However, other factors such as the area of treatment and the patient help determine length. Generally, the thicker a product is and the more deeply it is injected, the longer it tends to last. To maintain your maximum results, follow the treatment plan your provider designed with you.
REQUEST A FREE CONSULTATION OR BOOK AN APPOINTMENT
Do you want to know which fillers are right for you? As with all our cosmetic procedures, we offer complimentary consultations. You can schedule your consultation or book an appointment by calling us at 479-254-9662, Option 1. You can also request an appointment online here.
Belotero is a unique dermal filler that seamlessly integrates with your skin and adapts to your facial contours, therefore plumping and adding volume to your face. Find out how Belotero softens and smooths lines and wrinkles so discreetly like no other filler.
A favorite of our staff is Juvéderm® Voluma XC. This is the first FDA-approved injectable gel to instantly add volume to your cheek area to correct age-related volume loss in adults over the age of 21. It can give you contour and a subtle lift for up to two years with optimal treatment.
Another member of the Juvéderm family is Juvéderm Volbella® XC. This filler is used in the lips for lip augmentation and correction of the perioral lines. Juvéderm Volbella® XC increases lip fullness and softens the appearance of lines around the mouth.
Juvéderm Vollure is for injection into the facial tissue for the correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds (such as nasolabial folds). Vollure lasts up to 18 months
Finally, we have Juvéderm® Ultra XC and Juvederm Ultra Plus XC. These injectable fillers are composed of a colorless hyaluronic acid gel that is injected into facial tissue to smooth wrinkles and folds, especially around the nose and mouth. The results can last for up to a year.
Restylane works immediately by adding volume to smooth away wrinkles. A clear gel formulation of hyaluronic acid, Restylane is specifically formulated to act like your body’s own hyaluronic acid, and eventually breaks down naturally.
Like Restylane, Restylane-Lyft can also be used to add volume and fullness to the skin to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as the lines from your nose to the corners of your mouth (nasolabial folds). But, by combining lidocaine with Restylane, Restylane-Lyft can help reduce discomfort during and after treatment.
Another member of the Restylane family is Restylane® Silk. This dermal filler that add volume within the skin. It is designed specifically to provide natural-looking results in the lips and skin surrounding the mouth.
The final two members of the Restylane family are Refyne and Defyne. Restylane® Refyne help soften laugh lines (nasolabial folds and marionette lines). This can help you restore a more natural look to your face while maintaining your facial expressions.
Restylane® Defyne smooths out deep laugh lines (nasolabial folds and marionette lines). It is able to help restore a more youthful, natural-looking appearance, while helping you maintain your natural expressions.
Sculptra is the new “liquid face lift” that restores and corrects the signs of facial aging by restoring lost volume. As a Poly-L-lactic acid filler, Sculptra helps build collagen once injected. It helps promote increased skin thickness and a more natural, youthful appearance. Results last up to 2 years.