Looking for subtle changes that make significant improvements in your look? Meet JUVÉDERM®, Restylane®, and other dermal fillers available at our facial plastic surgery practice serving Winter Park, Orlando, Tampa, Melbourne, Daytona Beach, and surrounding central Florida cities.
Board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Edward J. Gross and his experienced injector team use fillers to rejuvenate and contour without the invasiveness of surgery. Here, you’ll find all the info you need about how these products work, what to expect, and more.
What Are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are injectable gels that add volume just below the skin to rejuvenate and contour the face and hands. They provide a nonsurgical alternative to facial rejuvenation and contouring.
What Do Dermal Fillers Do?
Dermal fillers both revitalize and contour the face in several different ways:
Lifting the cheeks and restoring midface volume
Defining the jawline and minimizing the appearance of jowls
Highly effective for volume loss, Sculptra’s PLLA formula creates subtle results over time, gradually creating fuller and younger-looking contours to the face by stimulating your own natural collagen.
5 Fast Filler Facts
Safety: Fillers are generally considered low-risk treatments. All the fillers we use are FDA-approved* and have track records for safety and satisfaction.
Allergies: All the fillers we use are biocompatible, so you don’t need to do any allergy testing before your injection.
Comfort: A topical anesthetic with triple numbing agents (betacaine, tetracaine, and lidocaine) is applied prior to treatment to numb the area. Ice compresses and a VAD (vibrating anesthesia device) can be used during treatment. Plus, lidocaine is contained in many fillers. All of these factors help to keep your discomfort to a minimum.
Side Effects: The most common side effects are swelling, bruising, and redness around the injection sites, all of which typically subside within a few days.
Recovery: You can return to work and your usual activities right after having fillers injected.
What Is the Difference Between BOTOX® & Fillers?
Both BOTOX and dermal fillers address facial lines and wrinkles, but they do so in different ways. Fillers treat wrinkles and folds caused by volume loss, such as lip lines and nasolabial folds. BOTOX treats “dynamic wrinkles” caused by repeated muscle movements over time. These expression wrinkles include crow’s feet, frown lines, and forehead lines.
A full-face rejuvenation treatment will often include both dermal fillers and BOTOX to address both kinds of wrinkles.
Can Fillers Be Reversed?
What happens if you don’t love your filler results or experience an unwanted side effect? First, it’s important to note both of these scenarios are rare, especially in the hands of a facial plastic surgeon or mastertrained injector. If this does occur, we can dissolve HA fillers with a product called Hylenex, which contains the enzyme hyaluronidase. This enzyme breaks down the filler and dissolves the product within a week or two. You can have this done at any time. The non-HA fillers (and the HA fillers) all metabolize over a minimal time frame, so none of them are permanent.