According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, well over 10 million nonsurgical procedures are performed annually. Of them, injectables like dermal fillers are among the most common. Evidence of dermal filler treatment can be found with a single scroll through social media or a quick browse of a magazine. This has taken the mystery out of filler treatment. At the same time, the popularity of plumped lips and smooth skin may lead to the idea that fillers can accomplish just about anything. It is important to know both the capabilities and the limitations of this nonsurgical treatment process, including how much filler may be needed for your unique concerns.

How Fillers Work

The objective of dermal filler treatment is to increase volume in the dermis. This is achieved by inserting a substance such as hyaluronic acid into the skin. In this instance, the inserted substance binds to water molecules. It is the trapped water that supplies volume for younger-looking facial contours. What determines how much volume is achieved is the number of water molecules that can be tethered. However, the amount of volume that is needed may vary from person to person, and this is where we begin to see how much dermal filler may be necessary.

Factors that Contribute to Filler Treatment

Facial aging is not limited to changes in the skin. In addition to losing resilience in the dermis and epidermis, we all will experience some degree of bone loss, too. In the face, this loss tends to occur around the eyes. Imaging demonstrates that, with age, the sockets around the eyes grow larger, allowing the eyes to sink back slightly (or significantly). The extent of this loss will affect how much filler a person may need to restore a more youthful appearance. Additionally,

  • Skin tone that is lax and weak may be more challenging to correct. Fillers cannot tighten the skin; these products only smooth it by adding volume. When the skin is very loose and wrinkled, more filler may be needed. Too much filler, though, creates a puffy appearance. If laxity is an issue, laser treatment like Halo resurfacing may be an excellent compliment to dermal fillers.
  • Fat also affects the outcome of filler treatment. When there is very little fat on the face, it takes more filler to add contours.

Know Before You Go

Satisfaction from dermal filler treatment is very high overall but can be affected by your expectations. We want you to love the outcome of your filler procedure. This is why we conduct a thorough consultation that helps us understand your desired outcome as well as the needs of your skin. To schedule treatment in our Louisville medspa, call (502) 425-5200.

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