What are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal Fillers

These skin supplements help to fill the deep wrinkles of the face.  They are approved specifically for those creases in and around the mouth.  In recent years, there has been so much experimentation with these substances that we now use them for a multitude of other areas.  They can be used to enhance lips, cheeks, temples, and other areas.  Some of the more common fillers include Juvederm, Restylane, and Radiesse.

The physical make-up and longevity of each dermal filler are a little different, but it is safe to say that depending on where they are injected and the experience of the injector, these products can last for nine to 17 months.  Some people metabolize (use them up) faster than others so they may not last as long.

Dermal fillers should be used in conjunction with Botox and similar substances in order to create the best outcome.  Additionally, adding laser treatments also enhances the effect by treating the skin’s  texture and tightness.

Do the injections hurt?

Most patients say the injections don’t hurt, or very little at all.  The fillers we use at The Blume Skin Centre are mixed with xylocaine, a numbing medication that eases any discomfort.   Additionally, we use a specially developed topical numbing cream for patient comfort.   When the numbing combination wears off, there may be a little tenderness easily treated with Tylenol.

What are the side effects I may expect?

The most common side effects are redness, bruising, and swelling.  There is the possibility of lumps or migration (moving) of material, but these are dramatically reduced with expert injectors treating patients.  This is most commonly seen with new or inexperienced injectors.   Allergic reactions are extremely rare and we have not seen any at The Blume Skin Centre or Parkway Medical before.   All possible side effects are discussed with a patient prior to injections.

Do I need to limit activities afterward?

Following dermal filler injections it is not advisable to drink alcohol in excess or do any exercise.  Either (especially the exercise) will lead to a greater chance of swelling.  It is also recommended that no massage be performed in those areas for a few days at the minimum.

For an excellent outcome, it is best to see an injector with a lot of experience.  While Dr. Blume teaches at all levels, novice to experienced, he continues to attend courses regularly.  That is how one increases knowledge and ability.

Martin Blume
The Blume Skin Center