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  • By The Center of Cosmetic and Family Dentistry
  • August 23, 2021
  • Dermal fillers are gel-like materials that cosmetic surgeons inject into your face to fill wrinkles and lines, making your face look fuller.


    As people grow older, their skin loses the fat and vital proteins that make it bouncy and elastic. The face loses its original shape and becomes saggy and wrinkled. But luckily, dermal fillers are helping to counteract this.


    As you will find out, dermal fillers treat various parts of the face. Here is what you need to know about what the fillers do and how exactly they work.


    What Do Dermal Fillers Do?    


    Dermal fillers do the following:


    • Smoothen out wrinkles


    • Make saggy cheeks look fuller


    • Enhance fine lines to make the temple, lips, chin, and jawlines look more attractive


    • Fix baggy under-eyes


    • Repair uneven facial curves


    • Restructure the nose


    • Make sunken scars look better


    As such, dermal fillers can benefit folks with early signs of aging and can also be an important part of facial reconstruction surgery.


    How Do Dermal Fillers Work?

    The gel-like substance in dermal fillers is made from FDA-approved hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a sugar particle that naturally exists in almost every living organism, including your body. The acid holds water and can work as a shock absorber and moisturizer in the joints and other parts of your body that move. The acid also helps transport nutrients and control your skin's water balance.


    Thus, dermal fillers work to improve the supply of hyaluronic acid in your skin. The fillers rejuvenate and make the skin look fuller, instantly reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. As a result, your skin gets a natural-looking softer appearance. The gel in the fillers is friendly to the tissues. It looks a lot like the hyaluronic acid that is naturally present in your body.


    Other FDA-approved dermal filler products that practitioners can use include:


    • Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA) – a substance that naturally exists in the bones


    • Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) – an artificial substance that is not toxic or harmful to the body


    • Poly-L-lactic Acid – an artificial material that is biodegradable and friendly to the body tissues


    • Autologous fat injections – autologous has the idea of “coming from the same person.” Thus, these are fat tissues that come from one part of your body and are injected into your face to add volume to sunken or wrinkled areas


    How Long Do the Results From Dermal Fillers Last?


    The results from dermal fillers last long but are not permanent. The outcome of a single procedure is immediately visible and can stay on for about six to nine months.


    As your face changes with time, you will need more dermal-filler injections. It is important to work with your dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon to determine the number of injections you need to achieve the results you desire.


    Do you want to learn more about dermal fillers? You can visit The Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry at our offices in Destin, Panama City Beach, or Navarre, Florida. You can call (850) 810-0300, (850) 810-0600, or (850) 409-6400 to schedule an appointment with us today.

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