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Dermal Fillers: Safe and Effective Solutions for Anti-Aging

June 10, 2024

As we age, our years of smiles, tears, and laughter will start to show on our faces. While some people embrace the common signs of aging, others prefer to receive routine dermal fillers to keep wrinkles and smile lines at bay. These injectable treatments have revolutionized the way we address age-related concerns, offering a safe, effective, and non-invasive solution for restoring youthful vitality to the skin.

By: Atalo Aesthetics

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What are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are gel-like substances injected beneath the skin’s surface to restore lost volume, smooth lines, and enhance facial contours. They typically consist of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the body that attracts and retains moisture.

Other types of fillers may include collagen, calcium hydroxylapatite, and poly-L-lactic acid, each with its unique properties and duration of effectiveness.  At Atalo Aesthetics our products include those from the Restylane family.  They work by replenishing lost volume, stimulating collagen production, and hydrating the skin from within, resulting in a natural-looking and more youthful appearance.

Photos of lips before and after a dermal filler injection.

How exactly do dermal fillers help with aging?

As we age, our skin gradually loses collagen and elastin, resulting in sagging, wrinkles, and volume loss. Dermal fillers offer a rejuvenating solution by replenishing lost volume and stimulating collagen production. They can effectively diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and hollow areas, restoring a more refreshed look.

A great advantage of dermal fillers is their versatility. Our experienced nurse practitioners can tailor treatments to address specific concerns and achieve natural-looking results. Whether it’s plumping lips, smoothing nasolabial folds, restoring sunken temple volume, or contouring cheeks, dermal fillers are highly customizable.

This before and after of lip injections (on the left) shows just what dermal fillers can do. Head over to our Instagram for even more before and after transformations!

What is the downtime like for filler?

Unlike invasive surgical procedures, dermal filler treatments typically involve minimal downtime. Most individuals can resume their daily activities immediately after the procedure, making it a convenient option for those with busy lifestyles. Some temporary side effects such as redness, swelling, or bruising may occur, but they usually subside within a few days.

How long do dermal fillers last?

The longevity of dermal fillers varies depending on the type of filler used and individual factors such as metabolism and lifestyle.

Dermal fillers are a popular choice for those looking to enhance their facial features or restore lost volume, but one common question is: how long do they last? Generally, the longevity of dermal fillers depends on the type of filler used and where it’s injected. Hyaluronic acid fillers, like Juvederm and Restylane, typically last between 6 to 18 months. Poly-L-lactic acid fillers, like Sculptra, stimulate collagen production and can last up to two years.

t’s worth noting that factors like your metabolism, the area treated, and your lifestyle can influence how long the effects last. To maintain optimal results, periodic touch-up treatments are recommended to replenish lost volume and preserve the effects of aging. We recommend continuing to reassess your results each time you visit us.

Post-Care Filler Tips to Ensure The Best Results

After getting dermal fillers, there are a few post-care tips to ensure you get the best results. First and foremost, avoid touching or massaging the treated area for at least 24 hours. This helps prevent the filler from moving out of place. It’s also a good idea to avoid strenuous exercise, alcohol, and excessive sun or heat exposure for the first 48 hours, as these can increase swelling and bruising.

Staying hydrated and maintaining a healthy diet can also play a role in the longevity of your fillers. Drinking plenty of water helps keep your skin plump and can enhance the effects of hyaluronic acid fillers. Additionally, using a good moisturizer and incorporating skincare products that promote collagen production can help maintain the results.

Lastly, always follow up with one of our providers here at Atalo in Cincinnati for any additional advice. After your treatment, you’ll be sent detailed post-care instructions to reference back to when needed. Regular touch-ups and following these simple post-care instructions can help you enjoy the benefits of dermal fillers for as long as possible.

Botox vs. Fillers—Which is Better?

Choosing between Botox and dermal fillers can be difficult, but really it just comes down to what you’re looking to achieve. Botox and fillers serve different purposes and can complement each other beautifully.

Botox is great for treating dynamic wrinkles—those lines and creases that form from repetitive facial movements. Think crow’s feet around the eyes, frown lines between the eyebrows, and forehead lines. It works by temporarily relaxing the muscles that cause these wrinkles, giving your face a smoother, more relaxed appearance. If your main concern is preventing or reducing wrinkles, Botox might be your go-to.

On the other hand, dermal fillers are all about adding volume and contouring. They’re perfect for plumping up thinning lips, adding volume to cheeks, and smoothing out nasolabial folds (the lines from your nose to the corners of your mouth). Fillers can restore lost volume and give your face a more youthful, fuller look. If you’re noticing sagging or hollowness, or if you want to enhance certain features, fillers are likely the better choice.

Combining Treatments for Even More Results

Generally speaking, most find that a combination of treatments gives the best results. In this instance, Botox can smooth out expression lines, while fillers can restore volume and structure. If you’re on the fence as to which treatment is best, consult with your provider and they can help point you in the right direction!

While dermal fillers are highly effective on their own, combining them with other anti-aging treatments can offer more comprehensive results. Procedures such as Botox injections, laser therapy, and skincare regimens can complement the effects of fillers, addressing different aspects of aging and enhancing overall facial harmony.

Am I good candidate? What age should you start fillers?

The best candidates for dermal fillers are those who have mild to moderate wrinkles, want to add volume to their cheeks or lips, or have facial lines they’d like to smooth out. Generally, if you’re in good health, have realistic expectations, and are looking for a non-surgical way to refresh your appearance, you’re a great candidate.

As for the age to start considering fillers, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer. Some people start in their late 20s or early 30s as a preventative measure, aiming to maintain their youthful appearance and slow down the aging process. Others might wait until their 40s or 50s when they start to notice more significant volume loss or deeper wrinkles. The key is to listen to your own needs and consult with a qualified practitioner who can guide you based on your unique skin and facial structure. Remember, it’s all about enhancing what you’ve got and feeling confident in your skin!

Photo of an injector provider holding a dermal filler needle.

Get started today with a complimentary consultation!

Dermal fillers offer a safe, effective, and minimally invasive solution to restore youthfulness and vitality to the skin. With their ability to replenish lost volume, smooth wrinkles, and enhance facial contours, fillers empower individuals to look and feel their best at any age.

Before undergoing any cosmetic procedure, it’s essential to schedule a consultation with one of our qualified practitioners to discuss your goals, concerns, and expectations. During the consultation, the practitioner will evaluate your facial anatomy, recommend suitable treatment options, and present you with a personalized plan tailored to your needs.

Fill out our new patient inquiry form or give us a call to set up your complimentary consult for dermal fillers today! Our providers here at Atalo in Cincinnati are ready when you are!

Patient Testimonials

“I am so happy I found Atalo. I have been getting injectables for nearly 6 years, in several different cities, and Kristin is the lightest handed injector I’ve ever seen. Cannot recommend enough.

I came to Atalo after a recommendation from a friend and could not be happier. Easily the best experience I’ve had at a medspa. No gatekeeping, you have to come here for any of your neurotoxin/filler/etc needs. I see Kristin and she’s awesome. Plus the office is gorgeous!”

– Claire

“Kristin and the entire team at Altalo are truly exceptional. The moment I stepped into their beautiful facility, I felt completely at easy and comfortable. Kristin listened to my skin concerns and developed a treatment plan customized to my aesthetic goals. Both Kristin and the team at Atalo Easthetics sets the standard of excellence and is unquestionably Cincinnati’s best in class.”

– Jenny

“Today was my first time ever getting injectables done.From start to finish I had an amazing time! thank you so much!”

– Stacy