Dermal Fillers in San Diego, CA

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What is a dermal filler?

Filler injections (usually called dermal fillers) are often utilized to replace lost facial volume. The face can lose volume for a variety of reasons, but age and significant weight loss are commonly to blame. The process works by injecting the filler under the skin to fill sunken or hollowed areas. Fillers are a great, nonsurgical alternative for San Diego, CA, individuals wanting to smooth fine lines, sagging skin, and/or wrinkles in order to create a more youthful appearance. Dermal fillers can also be incorporated into other cosmetic procedures to provide the benefits of a facelift without the need for surgery, the risk of scarring, and the required recovery that follows. There are a variety of fillers that may help meet the goals and expectations of each patient. JUVÉDERM®, Restylane®, and Sculptra® Aesthetic are injectable fillers that help restore a more youthful look. This is done in a short appointment that may bring immediate results depending on the product used. Fontaine MD Aesthetics and Anti-Aging Medicine is pleased to offer facial fillers to people in the Carmel Valley and Torrey Hills area of San Diego, CA. To decide which injectable fillers are recommended for you, we encourage you to visit our practice today, where our skilled team can help you learn more.

Who is a candidate for dermal fillers?

Candidates for dermal fillers may be looking to correct several signs of aging, including:

Wrinkles: As we age, we develop wrinkles due to various factors, including skin laxity from loss of collagen and elastin, loss of the underlying supporting tissue, including bone and fat, recurrent facial expressions, sun damage, smoking, and poor hydration. At Fontaine MD, we use fillers to restore lost volume and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

Thin lips: Your lips lose volume as you age, and we all naturally have different lip volumes and shapes. Hyaluronic acid fillers can be injected into your lips to obtain your desired shape or restore lost volume associated with aging. This treatment provides an instant, subtle plumping of the lip and also has a smoothing effect on the entire lip area.

Nasolabial folds (smile lines): Nasolabial folds are the folds that extend from the corners of your nose to the corners of your mouth. It is natural and beautiful to have soft nasolabial folds. However, deepening of the nasolabial folds due to facial volume loss is a sign of aging and is less appealing aesthetically. Restoration of beautiful, subtle nasolabial folds can be done by restoring volume loss in the cheeks, as well as injecting facial fillers into the area.

Marionette lines: Marionette lines extend downward from the corners of our mouth and are a sign of aging due to facial volume loss as well as a breakdown of collagen and elastin in your skin. Decreasing marionette lines can be accomplished with facial fillers. This includes injecting the cheek area if needed to decrease skin sagging as well as injecting in the region of the marionette lines themselves.

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Okay so I have been doing Botox and fillers for years. I have never considered doing fillers for my under eyes as I was always nervous to. But naturally with age things have started to droop. Finally I decided to bite the bullet and go in for a consultation. I met nurse Sam and after a detailed consultation I felt enough confidence to jump forward with the treatment. Sam made the entire experience fun, comfortable and educational. Not to mention the results are EXCEPTIONAL. I was afraid of looking fake or overfilled which Sam ensured me that I would not and that I would only look refreshed. Everything she said from the start to finish of what I should expect was on point! Her skill level of technique was so advanced and she made the treatment easy. I couldn’t be happier with my results and my overall experience. Sam isn’t just a nurse, she becomes your friend who will make you look and feel your best. Can’t wait for her to treat me again.

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How is a dermal filler treatment performed?

Before your dermal filler injections, your injector will consult with you to gain insight into your desired results and determine which product will best deliver them. To begin the actual procedure, we will apply numbing cream as a local anesthetic to minimize the discomfort of the injections. We will decide the amount of filler that is necessary and will carefully and evenly inject it through a small needle. Half or an entire syringe could be used, depending on the desired result.

Dermal Filler FAQ

JUVÉDERM is a line of hyaluronic acid dermal fillers that add volume or smoothness to the face in the areas that have lost some of their natural fullness from the loss of hyaluronic acid, which attracts water. The injected hyaluronic acid “plumps” the face back to a more youthful look. There are several different fillers in the product line, each with a different thickness allowing Dr. Fontaine to lift the tissue with some products and fill smaller lines with other products. Dr. Fontaine decides whether JUVÉDERM Ultra XC, JUVÉDERM VOLUMA XC, JUVÉDERM VOLLURE, or JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA XC is ideal for you, depending on your symptoms and treatment goals.

What is Restylane?
Restylane is also a hyaluronic acid filler used to treat facial wrinkles and folds by adding volume below the skin and fullness to the skin. The hyaluronic acid attracts water and thus helps “plump” the skin reducing wrinkles and more youthful contour. There are several different fillers in the Restylane line, each with a different thickness allowing Dr. Fontaine to lift the tissue with some products and fill smaller lines with other products. Dr. Fontaine uses a particular Restylane product depending on your particular area of concern. These products include Restylane-L, Restylane Lyft with Lidocaine, Restylane Silk, Restylane Refyne, and Restylane Defyne.

Do dermal filler injections hurt?
Facial filler injections are performed with tiny needles, and the products contain numbing agents to minimize discomfort. In other words, any irritation tends to be mild. If you’re concerned about pain, you can request ice or a topical numbing cream.

When will I see results?
Hyaluronic acid injectable fillers such as JUVÉDERM and Restylane provide immediate results, meaning you’ll leave your appointment with smoother, more voluminous skin. There may be some initial swelling which varies depending on which product is used. While many people are pleased with the results right away, some people benefit from an enhancement to create their desired look. Your natural-looking results typically last for up to a year or longer. At that point, you can schedule additional JUVÉDERM treatment.

With Sculptra injections, the poly-L-lactic acid is suspended in water, which is absorbed within a few days, and your face returns to its prior volume. Then, over the next several weeks to months, collagen is restored, creating the desired volume restoration. *Individual results may vary.

How many injections will I need?
Your ideal number of injections depends on factors such as your treatment goals and the current state of your skin, and the number of muscles you have that are creating the wrinkles. Before your treatment, Dr. Fontaine discusses the specifics with you and recommends a treatment plan during your consultation. Each patient is treated individually and given the amount they need to achieve the best results. *Individual results may vary.

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If you are suffering from the side effects of aging but you are not interested in the concept of a surgical facelift, then dermal fillers might be the answer you are looking for. Fillers create younger and more voluminous skin without the risk of scarring or long recoveries afterward. There are a number of products available today that can help reach the results you want. For more information about fillers or to book a consultation, contact Fontaine MD at your earliest convenience to step toward a more voluminous look.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.