What You Need to Know When Choosing a Dermal Filler

Beauty face of woman applying cosmetic cream on faceIf you are looking for a non-invasive treatment to diminish the appearance of wrinkles and restore lost facial volume, dermal fillers are an excellent option. These injectible gel-like substances are safe, long-lasting and can be performed during a lunch time break here in Dr. Preminger’s Manhattan plastic surgery office.

Every year, thousands of men and women choose this non-surgical method of facial rejuvenation, which is not only cost-effective, but yields impressive results without huge risks or downtime. The selection of dermal fillers has been expanding over the years, with new injectibles that are targeted toward specific problem areas.

But with so many FDA-approved options out there, how do you choose which dermal filler is right for you? Dr. Preminger offers the latest in dermal fillers, and explains the main advantages and uses of some of the most popular.

Belotero, Juvederm, Voluma and Radiesse 

Belotero Balance®- This hyaluronic acid (HA) based filler is successful at treating moderate to deep creases, such as nasolabial folds, smoker’s lines, crow’s feet, in addition to more delicate areas, such as adding volume to thin lips. Belotero has a unique formulation that ensures the filler is evenly distributed across the targeted area, without risk of lumps and bumps. Repeat injections are necessary every 6 to 12 months, depending on the facial zone treated.

Juvederm Voluma ® – One of the most troubling aspects of aging is the loss of volume in our faces. This especially holds true in the cheek area, which tends to hollow out, adding years to our appearance. Juvederm Voluma® is designed to address this very problem, by restoring a more youthful profile and contours, thanks to its ability to expand over time. In a quick 30-minute procedure, sunken cheeks are suddenly a thing of the past. Like all injectibles, this filler must be repeated over time, but results typically last upwards of 18 months, making this an affordable option.

Radiesse ® – This calcium hydroxylapatite gel is considered the heaviest of dermal fillers, used for deep marionette lines (nasolabial folds) and sometimes to give cheeks a fuller, rounder look.  Though not quite as versatile as other HA fillers, Radiesse is one of the safest when it comes to allergic reactions because it is biosynthetic. Dramatic results are immediate with this filler, which usually lasts for one year or longer before the need for touch-ups.

Patients should note that common side effects with any type of injectable filler include minor redness at the injection site, bruising, swelling and/or itching. These effects are typically short-lived and resolve within a day or two.  Though rare, other risks include lumps and discoloration. However, when administered by a trained cosmetic surgeon with a thorough knowledge of facial anatomy, patients are more likely to achieve natural looking results with few side effects.

Find out more about dermal fillers in NYC

A little research on anti-aging skin treatments is always a good thing before your initial consultation, but rest assured that all your questions will be answered during an in-depth discussion with Dr. Preminger.

If you’re dissatisfied with facial lines, creases and a generally older-looking appearance, now is the time to take action. A few preventative measures can really turn back the clock and keep you looking as fresh and young as you feel. To schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Preminger to discuss getting dermal fillers in NYC, please call 212.706.1900.