When & Why You Should Consider Dermal Fillers

Introduction: What are Dermal Fillers and what are their benefits?

Dermal fillers are injectable substances used to add volume, smooth out fine lines and enhance the contours of your face. They are often used to treat signs of aging and to enhance or modify facial structure. Dermal fillers are made from a variety of different substances, including hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxylapatite, and poly-L-lactic acid. 

These fillers are injected into the skin using a fine needle or cannula, and the effect can be seen immediately. Over the following few days, the results will continue to mature.  The effect will last  about one year and sometimes longer depending on the product used and area injected.

Do Fillers help with Sagging Skin? 

Dermal fillers are used to add volume and smooth out wrinkles/lines on the skin.  It often helps lift areas of sagging skin by filling in hollow areas and restoring volume to the face.

Skin tightening procedures such as laser treatments or radiofrequency treatments can also help to stimulate collagen production and tighten skin.

Can Dermal Fillers eliminate wrinkles from your face?

Though Dermal Fillers help smooth out wrinkles and lines on the skin, they cannot completely eliminate them. These fillers work by adding volume to areas of the face that have lost volume due to aging or other factors. When injected into the skin, the filler substance fills in wrinkles and fine lines, creating a smoother and youthful-looking appearance. 

Though these fillers are effective in reducing wrinkles, the results of treatment are not permanent and will need to be repeated to maintain the desired results

Are Dermal Fillers Painful?

Some people may experience mild discomfort during the procedure, but the treatment is generally very well tolerated. Most people do not require any pain medication during or after the treatment. 

Before the treatment, the area will be disinfected and then the filler is  injected using a fine needle or cannula to achieve the desired effect. 

This procedure usually takes about 30 minutes, depending on the area being treated. 

The Bottom Line

Dermal fillers can be used to add volume to thinning lips, enhance shallow contours, soften facial creases and wrinkles, and improve the appearance of recessed scars. They’re an easy non-surgical option for enhancing facial features and rejuvenating the skin, offering immediate results that can last for several months to a few years. 

Though Dermal Fillers are primarily used for cosmetic reasons, they also have some medical uses. For example, they can be used to treat scars (including acne and surgical scars). Injecting filler into the scar tissue can help to smooth out the scar and improve its appearance. They can also be used to treat facial asymmetry, where one side of the face is visibly different from the other. Dermal fillers may also be used to treat certain medical conditions, such as lipodystrophy (a condition in which fat is lost from certain areas of the body, leading to uneven fat distribution).. 

It is important to recognize that dermal fillers are not a cure for any medical condition, so discuss the potential benefits and risks of dermal fillers with a healthcare provider before going through the process. 

ABOUT DR. ROHIT KUMAR

After graduating from medical school at Dalhousie University, Dr. Rohit Kumar completed his Anesthesia Fellowship at the University of Toronto.  He is a practicing Anesthesiologist at the Trillium Health Partners Hospital in Mississauga, and also a member of the Acute Pain Service.

Trained by the Canadian Board of Aesthetic Medicine, Dr. Kumar pays great attention to detail and maintains the highest standards of practice. His extensive training in anesthesia and pain management are unique assets to ensure that you have a safe and comfortable experience.