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How does semi permanent dermal filler work?

Semi permanent dermal filler is made of unique, patented, calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) microspheres suspended in a water-based gel carrier. When injected into the skin, these microspheres initially perform as a filler - they immediately provide facial volume for a soft, natural look. The transformation is noticeable right away. Over time, your body will gradually absorb the gel carrier, but the very tiny, smooth microspheres remain.


Once injected, semi permanent dermal filler starts a process called neocollagenesis, or the creation of new collagen. It stimulates collagen production in your own body and encourages collagen growth around the injection site. In many cases, results may last up to a year or more.


Is semi permanent dermal filler safe?

In years of rigorous clinical testing and use by physicians in hundreds of thousands of patients worldwide, dermal filler has been proven to be safe and effective.


Semi permanent dermal filler is made of calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA), a biocompatible substance that’s identical to what’s naturally found in the body. Semi permanent dermal filler does not contain any animal- or human-derived components and it has a minimal risk of allergic reaction.


After injection, semi permanent dermal filler will not migrate to other parts of the body. Over time, it degrades naturally into calcium and phosphate ions that are safely metabolized by the body’s own processes.


Has semi permanent dermal filler been reviewed by a Notified Body?

Yes. Semi permanent dermal filler has received CE mark certification. It has also received two US FDA approvals, and a number of US FDA clearances.


How is treatment with semi permanent dermal filler performed?

Semi permanent dermal filler is injected into the skin through a simple, safe, quick, and minimally invasive outpatient procedure. Treatment typically takes place in a dermatologist’s clinic with the use of a local anesthetic.


Will I need a skin test?

Semi permanent dermal filler is made of a synthetic, biocompatible substance that’s identical to what’s naturally found in the body. Because semi permanent dermal filler does not contain any animal- or human-derived components, there’s virtually no risk of an allergic reaction. That means you do not need to undergo skin allergy testing prior to treatment. However, if you believe you are having an allergic reaction to semi permanent dermal filler, seek medical attention immediately.


Does it hurt?

Dermatologist use a variety of pain management techniques during treatment to ensure patient comfort. Please talk to your dermatologist about which techniques are right for you.


Are there any side effects?

There have been very few side effects reported in clinical trials and actual usage. However, you may experience some common injection-related reactions, such as mild irritation, edema, swelling, itching, discoloration, or tenderness at the injection site. These conditions typically resolve themselves within one to two days.


What if I’m taking medication?

Patients may need to refrain from taking some medications and supplements for a few days prior to treatment. If you’re taking medications or supplements, please tell your dermatologist before receiving treatment.


How soon can I expect results?

You’ll see results immediately after treatment. Semi permanent dermal filler continues to deliver results over time as it stimulates your body to produce new collagen. Results may last up to a year or more in many patients, which may result in fewer office visits for retreatment.


How quickly can I return to my normal activities?

Most patients experience little to no downtime and return to normal activities almost immediately after treatment. Other patients may need more time for recovery. By 24 hours after treatment, most swelling and redness will have subsided.


 How long will my results last?

Treatment results last up to a year or more for many patients. Individual results may vary, depending on age, skin type, lifestyle, and metabolic rate, so be sure to discuss your expectations with your doctor.


Will semi permanent dermal filler become hard or noticeable to the touch?

No. semi permanent dermal filler stays soft and will take on the characteristics of the surrounding tissue.


Is semi permanent dermal filler permanent?

No. Treatment results last a long time, but they are not permanent. The tiny, calcium-based microspheres in semi permanent dermal filler eventually break down into calcium and phosphate ions. These ions are safely and naturally absorbed into your body, leaving your own newly produced collagen in place.


How many treatments will I need?

Many patients will achieve their desired result after just one treatment. To ensure your satisfaction, your Dermatologist may schedule a follow-up visit, where a touchup treatment might be recommended.


How much does semi permanent dermal filler cost?

Because treatment is customized for each patient, the cost varies. In general, the cost of semi permanent dermal filler is comparable to that of similar fillers. The results may last up to a year or more for many patients. That means you may need fewer office visits for retreatment, which could save you money and time. Consult your Dermatologist for a recommendation as to how semi permanent dermal filler can best meet your individual needs


Wrinkle Fillers:


What are wrinkle fillers?
Wrinkle fillers are various substances primarily used to fill in deeper facial creases and lines where Botox is less effective. Wrinkle fillers work by adding volume. They therefore can be used in areas for reshaping and contouring.
Wrinkle fillers can be used to enhance the effects of Botox or other treatments such as the Mesolift.

Are they safe?
Wrinkle fillers are safe. Various fillers have been used in medicine for many years. All of the filling materials used in our office are FDA approved.

Are there different types of fillers?
The standard has long been Collagen. Recently newer fillers such as Restylane
have become available. Each filler has its own benefits.

Some of the fillers are being used “off label”. This means that the filler has been FDA approved for use in another area. This is similar to the way Botox
and other medications are used.

Are there disadvantages of longer lasting fillers?
Yes, the more permanent fillers make it difficult to make corrections. We recommend the following. To ensure your happiness shorter acting filler should be tried first. If you are happy with the results, a longer lasting filler can be used at a later date.

Are there any side effects?
Possible side effects vary from filler to filler. The doctor will discuss these in detail as part of your initial evaluation.

Which filler is right for me?
During your initial consultation, recommendations will be made concerning the choice of filler. We do recommend using a shorter lasting filler initially. If you are happy with the results, a longer lasting filler can be used at a later date.


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