Dermal Fillers

Available In Pittsburgh, PA Or Columbus, OH

What Are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal Fillers are injectable treatments that restore youthful volume and fullness to the face, plump deeper facial lines and folds and provide contour and definition to the face.

Over time, the effects of aging can take a toll on our appearance. Skin becomes thinner, loses its elasticity and is more prone to fine lines, wrinkles, creases and folds. Fortunately, it is today to restore a smoother, more youthful appearance with the use of dermal fillers, which are injected beneath the skin's surface to fill depressed areas.

At The Skin Center locations in Pittsburgh, dermal filler treatments are performed a registered nurse.

In Columbus, Ohio dermal filler injections are performed by a registered nurse or board-certified plastic surgeon, Fernando Colon, MD.

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Dermal Filler Treatment In Pittsburgh & Columbus

Types Of Dermal Fillers

What Is Hyaluronic Acid?

Healthy, youthful skin contains two key compounds that diminish with the aging process -- hyaluronic acid and collagen.

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring sugar compound found in the body. This acid helps maintain skin volume by attracting and binding water, giving the skin a smooth, plump appearance. However, with time, UV exposure and environmental factors, the hyaluronic acid in the skin diminishes and collagen breaks down causing fine lines and wrinkles to appear.

Injectable hyaluronic acid can temporarily replace this compound, restoring to the skin the volume and firmness it has lost.

Dermal fillers containing hyaluronic acid include:

What Is A Fat Transfer?

Fat transfer, or fat grafting, is an effective treatment for restoring youthful volume and fullness to the face (and body) while reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and facial folds. Fat transfer is a two-step process that involves removing a small amount of fat from the hips, thighs or buttocks, and injecting it into select areas after it has been processed. Because the fat is from the patient's own body, there is no risk of an allergic reaction.

Because fat transfer is a surgical procedure, in Pittsburgh, fat transfer begins by removing the fat during a liposuction procedure in our PA state-licensed surgical center. In Columbus, fat transfer and liposuction surgery is performed in our Columbus surgery center.

Fat Transfer To The Chin

In Pittsburgh, chin augmentation may be achieved through fat transfer to the chin area. Fat transfer to the chin is a minimally-invasive surgery requiring no sutures to facial area and a faster recovery than traditional chin implant surgery.

A small amount of fat is removed from one area of the body, typically the abdomen through liposuction, and then injected into the chin area using a topographical layering technique, providing the definition and prominence desired. In addition to adding definition to the chin, from that single injection point, fat is artistically added to the nasolabial folds and marionette area to soften facial lines and wrinkles.

The result is a natural, balanced and youthful-looking appearance.

Who is a good candidate for facial contouring?

Facial contouring at The Skin Center mainly involves two areas of the face, the cheeks and the jawline/chin.

The passing years are not kind to our cheeks. Much is due to our continuing decline in collagen production, which peaks at age 20 and declines one additional percentage point every year afterwards. Since collagen provides the structural latticework under our skin that keeps it firm and wrinkle-free, this decline opens the door for the classic signs of facial aging: smile lines, parentheses lines, marionette lines, and under-eye hollows. It also makes our cheeks flatten and sag downwards. Throw in sun damage and slackening support tissues and what were plump, firm cheeks can become flat and sunken. 

If this sounds like your situation, cheek augmentation with dermal fillers such as Juvéderm Voluma or Restylane Lyft is a great option for returning some plumpness to your cheeks. 

Along the jawline, declining collagen, thinning skin, and sun damage all affect the appearance in a different way than the cheeks. Here, flattening is not the problem; it’s downward sagging and loosening of the skin and support tissues. This tends to take the definition out of our profile. Any accumulation of fat in the jowls only accentuates this.

The chin can also be augmented through the use of dermal filler injections. This can be done in concert with the jawline or separately.

If you’d like to regain that profile, various fillers can add volume and definition. And, if you add a series of Kybella injections, you can also lose your double chin!

Most of us could use some help with our contour as we age. Plus, if you’re not ready for a surgical facelift or a neck lift, dermal fillers can provide some similar results, although they aren’t permanent. 

That’s why you’ve heard another term for facial contouring with dermal fillers, the liquid facelift.

All in all, there are nine areas of the face where dermal fillers help rejuvenate things, including laugh lines, under eye tear troughs, and other creases around the mouth. But those uses aren’t really facial contouring in the same way as the cheeks, jawline, and chin.

Although the uses are not unusual, you need to know that using dermal fillers beyond the areas they are approved by the FDA is considered “off-label use.”

How much jawline filler will I need?

The amount of filler needed to enhance your jawline and profile varies by the patient. As an estimate, if you’re looking to enhance your jawline, you will likely need two syringes of filler. If you’re looking to build more of a jawline, the amounts could be closer to four or five syringes of filler. We can give you a better idea when we see your unique jawline during your consultation.

Are cheek fillers painful?

We apply topical numbing cream to the injection areas prior to your session at The Skin Center. This doesn’t completely alleviate the pain, as injections are made a little more deeply in the cheek area. Once the filler is injected, you’ll feel some pressure, but patients don’t describe it as any intense pain, just more of a sensation.

How long will my results from cheek augmentation last?

Juvéderm Voluma plumps the cheeks for approximately two years, making it the longest lasting hyaluronic acid filler. This is partly because, unlike areas around the mouth such as smile lines and parentheses lines, our cheeks are not constantly involved with our facial movements, so the hyaluronic acid takes longer to break down and be absorbed by the body. Restylane Lyft is also designed for use on the cheeks. It provides results lasting from 12 to 18 months.

Are there any side effects from using fillers for the under-eye area?

These injections don’t present any additional side effects than using dermal fillers anywhere else on the face. You need to remember that hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the human body, so allergic reactions are almost unheard of. For your under-eye areas we will use either Restylane or Juvéderm, and both are hyaluronic acid fillers. As mentioned above, these injections for the under-eye area are “off-label,” but we have extensive experience with this use. Just so you know, Botox was used “off label” from 2002 until 2013 for crow’s feet (it didn’t receive official FDA approval for this use in 2013).

The usual side effect in the under-eye area is redness at the injection sites. There can be some slight swelling but using a cold compress on and off for a couple hours usually mitigates this.

Also, if you don’t like the look of your injections, hyaluronic acid fillers can be instantly neutralized with the injection of an enzyme called hyaluronidase.

Do I need to plan for recovery time after using dermal fillers for facial contouring?

There isn’t any recovery necessary, the same as is true with erasing lines with fillers. Yes, you may have some redness and slight swelling at the injection sites, but that shouldn’t preclude you from going about your normal activities. Strenuous exercise should wait a day just to let the filler settle in.

The usual side effect in the under-eye area is redness at the injection sites. There can be some slight swelling but using a cold compress on and off for a couple hours usually mitigates this.

Also, if you don’t like the look of your injections, hyaluronic acid fillers can be instantly neutralized with the injection of an enzyme called hyaluronidase.

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If you are interested in Dermal Fillers to treat unwanted lines and wrinkles; or if you would like to add volume and rejuvenate your face, contact The Skin Center Medical Spa. Call us at 1-800-429-1151 to schedule a consultation at your nearest location.

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