- What are they?
There are several different types of dermal fillers. Most are temporary, and made from substances either found naturally in the body or artificially made to mimic naturally occurring proteins. Different types include dermal fillers made from collagen, hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxylapatite, polylactic acid, and even your own fat.
At Silhouette, we use fillers made from hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is found naturally in your skin and other tissues and plays an important role in giving volume to the skin, shape to the eyes, and elasticity to the joints. Calcium hydroxyapatite is also found naturally in the body, in our teeth and bones.
- How do they work?
As we age, the hyaluronic acid found naturally in our body begins to break down, resulting in volume loss. Dermal fillers work by replacing this hyaluronic acid to restore lost volume, making the face look younger and fuller. Common uses for dermal fillers include:
- Correcting folds and wrinkles of the face
- Acne scars
- Melolabial folds (between the nose, mouth and cheeks)
- Horizontal lines (upper forehead)
- Depressed corners of the mouth ( “marionette lines”)
- Lip enhancement
- How much does it cost?
- The cost of fillers varies widely. We charge per syringe, and prices vary by brand and type. The number of syringes used will depend on your needs and desired results, and will be determined by you and your nurse prior to treatment.
- Will I need multiple treatments?
- The benefits of dermal fillers are typically noticeable for 6-12 months. More frequently used areas, such as lips, tend to require touch-up treatments after about 4 months. Areas that are less frequently used may only require additional treatments after 12 months to maintain the effects.
- Who does the treatment?
- Injections are done by one of our highly trained Registered Nurses.
- How long does it take?
- Treatment time is usually 45 minutes - 1.5 hours in length, depending on how much product is being used.
- Is there any downtime or pain?
- Discomfort may be felt during the initial needle insertion and as the product is injected. Redness and bruising are common post-treatment, and the duration of these effects varies from person to person. Some people go straight back to work after their treatment, while others choose to take a few days to themselves to recover because they are prone to bruising. We’ll send you home with an ice pack to reduce any initial swelling and relieve discomfort. Makeup can be applied directly after injections.