Dermal fillers are gel-like substances that are injected under the skin to provide plumping and smoothing benefits. They are a popular way to replace lost facial volume, soften wrinkles and folds, and improve facial contours — without surgery or downtime.
Learn about achieving your cosmetic goals with facial fillers. Schedule a consultation with double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Weiss at 504-814-3223. We serve men and women from Metairie, New Orleans, Mandeville, and nearby areas of Louisiana.
What Can Dermal Fillers Treat?
Facial fillers are known for their versatility and can address many different cosmetic issues, including:
- Wrinkles and lines
- Facial folds
- Aging skin
- Sunken or flat cheeks
- Hollow temples
- Undereye bags
- Poor jawline definition and jowls
- Thin lips
- Chin creases
- Depressed scars on the face
- Asymmetrical facial features
There are other concerns not listed above that can potentially be improved with fillers. Talk to Dr. Weiss about your unique aesthetic issues to learn if fillers are a good solution.
Ideal Candidates for Injectable Fillers
Healthy individuals who are interested in adding attractive volume to the face and/or smoothing lines are usually ideal candidates for facial fillers.
Dr. Weiss will evaluate your facial filler candidacy during your consultation visit. He will listen to your goals and determine if they are realistic and can be achieved with dermal fillers. For some patients, a procedure such as a facelift or a cheek enhancement may be a better approach.
Types of Dermal Fillers
There are several different categories of dermal fillers available today. Hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers are a favorite across the country and in our New Orleans practice.
HA is a naturally occurring substance that retains water and creates a soft and plump result when injected. Formulas made with HA also offer peace of mind because they can be dissolved if necessary.
Examples of HA fillers include:
- Restylane® Silk
- Restylane® Refyne™
- Restylane® Defyne™
- Juvéderm Voluma® XC
- Juvéderm Vobella® XC
- Juvéderm Vollure™ XC
HA fillers are not the only option. The poly-L-lactic acid product known as Sculptra™ stimulates collagen for gradual and lasting results. Meanwhile, calcium hydroxyapatite products like Radiesse™ are also popular. These are made of a mineral-like compound in a soft gel.
Autologous Fat Transfer
Autologous fat injections, also called fat grafting, are another option. This approach uses purified fat cells from donor areas of your body for the injection material.
Fat transfer injection allows for larger and more significant correction compared to other fillers, making it a powerful technique to correct volume loss. Unlike other fillers, these entirely natural injections are permanent.
How Are Facial Fillers Administered?
Fillers are injected through small needles or cannulas. Dr. Weiss goes to great lengths to make this procedure relatively painless. All patients are first treated with numbing cream on the areas to be injected. The injections themselves take between five and thirty minutes in most cases.
Dr. Weiss recommends returning in two weeks to check the result and make sure everything is symmetric. Occasionally a touch-up may be performed at the follow-up appointment. It is important to view filler injection as a process and to know that, in some cases, multiple sessions are required to provide the best results.
Recovery and Downtime
A great thing about dermal fillers is that they require minimal post-treatment downtime. It is appropriate to resume most normal activities immediately, though you should avoid intense physical activity for one or two days to help keep swelling and bruising to a minimum.
It is also a good idea to refrain from aspirin and other medications to decrease bruising from filler injections. You may notice redness at the injection site that will improve within hours.
Rarely, some patients experience above average swelling. For this reason, a first-time filler patient may want to be treated on a day when they do not have important engagements coming up.
How Long Do Fillers Last?
There is no correct answer to this question as each patient metabolizes fillers differently. Generally, HA products like Juvederm® and Restylane® offer 9-18 months of effect and the possibility of longer effects with repeat injections. Calcium hydroxyapatite products like Radiesse™ can produce results for more than 12-18 months. Sculptra™ offers the longest lasting outcome that can be enjoyed for up to 2 years.
Fillers may not last as long in areas of increased movement such around the mouth. Different fillers will last different periods of time in different patients. One thing that can be said with certainty is that the newer fillers last considerably longer than the first generation of fillers.
Many patients find the temporary nature of fillers appealing. If you want a longer-lasting alternative, consider facial fat grafting.
Get Started with Facial Fillers in New Orleans
Are you interested in enhancing your appearance with dermal fillers? Contact Dr. Sean Weiss, a skilled facial plastic surgeon and experienced injector, at 504-814-3223. Our practice serves Metairie, New Orleans, Mandeville, and nearby areas of Louisiana.