Dermal fillers are a great option for both men and women who want to regain supple, plump, and youthful skin. Sometimes, age and genetics may cause you to lose subcutaneous fat and skin elasticity. This creates a loss of facial volume and tends to magnify the wrinkles and fine lines on your face and neck. Men and women who want plump and youthful skin often look to dermal fillers to provide that rejuvenation.
After a dermal filler treatment at our Anchorage practice, though, our patients are often concerned about maintaining their results. Some of the most common questions we hear range from “What skin care should I use to enhance my dermal filler results?” to “Is there anything I can do to prolong my dermal fillers?”
The good news is you can maintain and enhance your dermal filler results with a variety of products and complementary treatments, ensuring you’ll enjoy your fresh, youthful look for many months. We’ll talk about some of these options in this blog post, but first, it helps to know a bit about dermal fillers and how they work.
What Are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are made from materials such as hyaluronic acid (HA) and are injected into the upper layers of skin tissue to fill and plump hollows and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. When you opt for a dermal filler procedure you will have a variety of injectables to choose from, depending on your skin needs. Our plastic surgery practice uses versatile dermal fillers such as JUVÉDERM ® and Restylane® to craft your new youthful appearance.
What To Expect During Your Dermal Filler Procedure
The dermal filler procedure is fast, safe, and performed right here in the office. Your injector will first map out and mark strategic injection points on your face. They may numb or chill the skin before introducing the filler and carefully evaluate the results. The procedure may take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour depending on the number of injections you receive.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons outlines some helpful questions to ask your plastic surgeon about the procedure.
What Skin Care Should I Use To Enhance My Dermal Filler Results?
You absolutely love your new dermal fillers, but what now? You want to establish a gentle skincare routine that will optimize your fillers and show them off to their best advantage. You can resume your usual facial cleansing a few hours after the procedure but do so gently and avoid rubbing or massaging your treatment area. After daily facial cleansing, make sure to use a sunscreen to protect your skin from sun-related damage.
Skin Care With SkinCeuticals
If you want to further enhance your dermal fillers and increase the HA levels in your skin, SkinCeuticals® Hyaluronic Acid Intensifier is a great skin care option (and you can purchase it at our office!). HA occurs naturally in our skin and keeps it plump and firm, but the levels can decrease as you age. While dermal fillers such as JUVÉDERM and Restylane infuse our skin with HA, an effective skincare product such as SkinCeuticals Hyaluronic Acid Intensifier helps preserve your dermal fillers.
Improving your skin tone and texture can also complement your dermal filler results. One way to do that is with microneedling to boost your skin’s production of collagen and other growth factors. Dermal fillers can be easily paired with nonsurgical microneedling.
At your filler appointment, we will help you enhance your dermal fillers by advising you on proper aftercare, as well as which skincare products to use and other treatments that might complement your dermal fillers.
Dermal fillers are a great option for youthful skin but don’t dismiss the importance of skin care to enhance your results. Gentle cleansing and the right mix of products and nonsurgical treatments will take your look to the next level.