How Do Fillers Work?

Dermal fillers, a type of injectable, are a cosmetic gel-based treatment designed to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, contour the face, restore facial volume, and enhance your lips and cheeks. 

If you’re interested in refreshing your appearance with fillers, the team at Grochmal Eye Center and Aesthetics use the Juvéderm® line of dermal fillers to help you achieve your aesthetic goals. 

In the meantime, continue reading to learn how fillers work.

Fillers: what they are (and what they aren’t)

Sometimes dermal fillers are mistakenly lumped together with Botox, which is a different type of injectable. While Botox is a neurotoxin that gently relaxes facial muscles, dermal fillers consist of gel-like substances.

There are many different types of dermal fillers. They can be made from hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxylapatite, or poly-L-lactic acid. Hyaluronic acid-based fillers are one of the most popular fillers with over 2.4 million treatments performed in 2016 alone.

Dermal fillers address static wrinkles — wrinkles that aren’t caused by repetitive facial motions. They can also:

Dermal fillers don’t address dynamic wrinkles caused by repetitive facial expressions. You can, however, combine fillers with Botox to achieve your desired look. We offer this combination in a procedure called a liquid facelift. 

How do fillers work?

Fillers, as the name suggests, work by filling in areas of low volume with one of the gel-like substances mentioned above. Here at Grochmal Eye Center and Aesthetics, we offer Juvéderm, an FDA-approved filler made of hyaluronic acid. 

Hyaluronic acid naturally occurs in the body, and it acts as a sponge to soak up water and keep the skin plump and hydrated. As you age, however, hyaluronic acid production slows down. This can lead to volume loss, thin lips, and fine lines or creases. 

In other words, fillers work by injecting more hyaluronic acid in your skin to create a softer, more supple complexion. The smooth gel particles stay in place, allowing for your results to last between six and nine months.

What happens when you receive fillers?

Fillers can be injected in a quick appointment, often in just about 30 minutes. This means you can even squeeze in an appointment on your lunch break. Before your fillers are administered, we’ll apply a numbing cream so you remain comfortable throughout your treatment. Then, the fillers are injected skillfully in very specific areas to create your ideal look.

Prepping for your fillers is easy. We’ll provide you with a few instructions, such as avoiding specific blood-thinning supplements like St. John’s Wort before your appointment. Bruising and redness at the injection site are common, but you can return to your normal routine after your appointment. No need for downtime or lengthy recovery periods!

To book an appointment at our Catonsville, Maryland office, give us a call at 410-744-5310. You can also request an appointment online.

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