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Dermal Filler

What are they, and why are they so popular?

By Laura Jane Brougher RN, Master Aesthetics Injector and Skin Rejuvenation Expert @thefaceangel @gigharboraesthetics

Dermal fillers can have a lovely, positive impact toward restoring a fresh and rejuvenated look in the face. Dermal fillers are soft, gel-like substances that are injected under the skin and onto the bone to restore the areas that are most affected by aging anatomy.

When you look into the mirror and wonder what can be done to turn back the clock, dermal fillers are an important part of the plan. They can address a number of common concerns including: replacing volume loss in the mid-cheek area; enhancing the contour of the cheekbones; plumping the lips and filling in lip lines; smoothing out the creases that run from the side of the nose to the corners of the mouth; improving the jawline and increasing the projection of the chin.

As we age, lost volume in the face can be restored with dermal fillers. Over time, age-related bone loss in the face can lead to retraction of the jawline and loss of high cheekbones. The facial muscles also decrease in volume and elasticity, and deflation and movement of fat pads further accentuates the signs of aging. Finally, the skin stretches and loses elasticity. Compounded by the loss of scaffolding provided by fat, muscle and bone, this leads to wrinkles, sagging skin, and other familiar signs of aging.

Dermal fillers can be composed of a variety of substances. The most common compound used in dermal fillers is hyaluronic acid (HA). HA is a naturally occurring substance found in our skin, and it plays a major role in keeping skin hydrated and volumized. HA fillers, depending on their specific chemical makeup, can last from six months to two-plus years before being gradually absorbed by the body. Examples of HA fillers you may have heard of are Juvéderm, Restylane and Versa. They come in different formulations that are used according to the area of the face it’s being used.

Aging in the face shows up as volume loss, drooping skin, a tired look, deflation and hollowing where there was once fullness. (Think apple of the cheek.) Dermal fillers can also be used in younger clients to enhance or balance the face. Dermal fillers, an injectable treatment, should be performed in a clinical office by properly trained medical professionals. When seeking an aesthetic injector, I would definitely recommend going to an injector who does this work full time, and have an expert consultation.

HA fillers can be dissolved if you are unhappy with the results, however, with experienced expert injectors this is less likely to happen. Here at Gig Harbor Aesthetics, we have over 18 years of injection and skin rejuvenation experience. We can be reached at 253. 514. 6766 or

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