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Our skin goes through many changes when we age, especially in our face. There’s less volume and elasticity, which causes wrinkles and sagging. The wrinkles and sagging can make us look older and more tired. Because of this, many turn to cosmetic procedures to bring back a more rested and youthful look. Many options are available; however, dermal fillers are a treatment many prefer.

What are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are non-surgical and are gel-like injectable substances used to add volume and smooth lines on the face where elasticity and volume have decreased over time. The substances are usually made from hyaluronic acid, which can be naturally found in the body or sometimes from synthetic materials. The hyaluronic acid attracts and retains water, which helps to hydrate the skin and improve its texture. Other fillers are made of calcium hydroxylapatite. Calcium hydroxylapatite is a mineral and is a major component of bones and poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA). PLLA is a synthetic material that is biodegradable. A common area for dermal filler treatment is in the lips. When we age, our lips can lose definition and become thinner. Dermal fillers can be injected in the lip area to help restore volume and definition. Dermal filler injections fill in lines and wrinkles usually found near the nasolabial folds (the lines that run from the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth). They are also injected into the areas under the eyes and cheeks to plump them or make facial features more symmetrical. Other times dermal fillers are applied to the chin to balance the face. The Spa & Laser Center offers dermal filler treatment in Suffolk.

Benefits of Dermal Fillers

There are many benefits of dermal fillers as an anti-aging treatment. Some of these include:
  1. Non-invasive:Dermal filler treatments do not require surgery or extensive downtime. Dermal fillers are not painful other than the slight pinch from the injections. After receiving treatment, patients can usually return to their normal activities immediately.
  2. Natural-looking results: Dermal fillers can provide natural-looking results, enhancing the patient's appearance without making them look "overdone."
  3. Long-lasting results: Results are seen right away after treatment. The effects of dermal filler treatments can last anywhere from one to two years after treatment. Maintenance treatment can be scheduled after that time.
  4. Customizable: Dermal filler treatments can be tailored to meet the needs and goals the patient wants to achieve. For example, the amount of filler used and the areas treated can be adjusted to provide the desired results.
  5. Safe: Dermal filler treatments should be performed by a qualified and experienced practitioner. This ensures that precautions are taken for proper and safe treatment. However, some patients may have redness, bruising, and swelling at the injection site. The side effects eventually go away in a few days. Talk to your doctor to discuss concerns on possible side effects or allergic reactions before getting a dermal filler treatment.

Alternatives for Dermal Fillers

Aside from dermal fillers, other options exist to treat wrinkles and create a smoother appearance on your face.


Botox is also an injectable treatment; however, the effects of the treatment are a little different. Botox is made from the same toxin found in some forms of food poisoning. The injectible relaxes the muscles and keeps them from contracting. This makes the skin on the face more smooth. This treatment is temporary, and recommended to get maintenance treatments every three or four months. In addition, dermal fillers plump up the skin and create volume. Botox does not create volume.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peel treatment is an ideal option if the goal is to improve the skin's overall appearance. It reduces fine lines and wrinkles, and a chemical peel enhances skin texture. This treatment entails applying a chemical solution over the entire face to remove the top layer of the skin. As a result, the skin that grows back is smoother; however, it may take several treatments to see results. Side effects of a chemical peel include redness that could last up to several weeks, skin discoloration, and scarring.

Dermabrasion and Microdermabrasion

Dermabrasion and microdermabrasion are non-surgical treatments that remove the top layer of skin. After the procedure, new skin grows back. Sometimes several treatments will be needed to see noticeable results. Some side effects to expect include redness, scabbing, and swelling.

Laser Resurfacing

Laser resurfacing is an outpatient procedure usually performed with local anesthetic. In this procedure, a laser beam destroys the skin’s outer layer and heats the underlying tissue. This stimulates the collagen fibers to grow. After healing from the procedure, smoother and tighter skin forms; however, it does not treat sagging skin. Extensive resurfacing can take several months to heal from the procedure, and risks include scarring and skin discoloration.

Surgical face-lift

A face-lift requires surgery and involves tightening the underlying facial muscle and tissues. The procedure can be performed in an outpatient surgical facility or hospital with local anesthesia, sedation, or general anesthesia. Recovery can be lengthy, and side effects include bruising and swelling lasting several weeks after surgery. Choosing the best treatment for aging and sagging skin will depend on your desired results and your recovery time. Before making a decision, consult an experienced practitioner to determine the best treatment for you. For more information on getting dermal fillers in Suffolk or to schedule an appointment, contact the Spa & Laser Center at (757) 627-8089.
A woman receiving a dermal filler injection from a doctor in Suffolk.