Your Ultimate Guide to Dermal Fillers and Injectables

Dermal fillers and injectables are all over the market nowadays. With the convenience of getting rid of your fine lines and wrinkles in just a 30-minute appointment, everyone is coming in for these minimally invasive treatments. We wanted to answer some of our most frequently asked questions about dermal fillers and injectables for you, so you know exactly what you’re getting into before your consultation with Dr. Pollard.

What is the difference between dermal fillers and injectables?

While dermal fillers and Botox treatments look the same and appear to do the same thing, they are very different. Dermal fillers are typically made of hyaluronic acid, a naturally-occurring sugar in the body responsible for keeping our skin looking plump and youthful. Dermal fillers, like Juvederm® and Restylane®, just fill in the lost volume in the face. Dermal fillers are most often used to add volume to the lips and reduce fine lines or wrinkles around the lower two thirds of the face. Injectables, like Botox® and Dysport® on the other hand, temporarily relax the muscles in the face that cause fine lines and wrinkles. Injectables are best used around the upper third of the face, like around the forehead, eyes and brows.

How often should I get fillers?

How often you should get dermal fillers really depends on the type of filler you choose and how your body breaks down the filler gel over time. Typically, dermal fillers like Juvederm® and Restylane® last in the skin for anywhere between nine and 18 months at a time. Dr. Pollard will let you know when you should consider coming in for a touch-up treatment during your one-on-one consultation based on your personalized treatment plan.

Will fillers make my skin sag?

No, if anything, dermal fillers will do the opposite of making your skin sag. Dermal fillers work by replacing the lost volume in the skin with a hyaluronic acid-based gel. The hyaluronic acid in the gel bonds to water molecules under the skin and keep volume in your treated area for months at a time. By filling in lost volume, you’ll see a decrease in your fine lines, wrinkles and sometimes your sagging facial skin.

At what age should you get fillers?

While there is no perfect age to get dermal fillers, we typically see patients anywhere between 35 and 65 receiving dermal filler and injectable treatments. That being said, dermal fillers for adding volume to the lips, or lip injections, are very popular with patients closer to 25 years old. If you feel like you may be a good candidate for dermal filler treatments because you want to add volume to areas of your face that have thinned or sunken over time, come in for a consultation with Dr. Pollard. She’ll assess your skin and develop a personalized treatment plan for you based on your concerns and desired results.

Are injectables safe?

Absolutely! Dr. Emily Pollard would never offer them in the first place if they weren’t. What makes getting dermal filler and injectable treatments done with Dr. Emily Pollard even more safe is her expert injector certification. This certification is only given to the highest skilled plastic surgeons and is endorsed by American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. We guarantee you’ll get beautiful, natural-looking results with minimal swelling and bruising when coming in for treatments with Dr. Pollard.

Are you interested in learning more about which dermal fillers and injectable treatments may be right for your biggest problem areas? Contact us to schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Emily Pollard today. We are also offering virtual consultations, so you can get all of your questions answered in the comfort and safety of your very own home.

Top 5 Botox Questions Answered

Botox® is one of the most well-known names in the plastic surgery industry, but most of our patients aren’t quite sure what it does and how it’s used. Today, we wanted to clear up where lines have gotten blurred and give you answers to the questions you have about this popular rejuvenation gel.

1.     What does Botox® do to the face?

Botox® is best known for treating fine lines and wrinkles around the upper face. Botox® does this by temporarily relaxing the muscles in the treated area, so they don’t create the fine lines and wrinkles caused by repeated facial expressions that we like to call “action wrinkles.” Botox® can also be used to treat other conditions like migraines and hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) by temporarily freezing the areas that send the signals in the body to create discomfort.

2.     Where can you get Botox® injected?

Botox® is most commonly used to treat deep forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet around the eyes, frown lines between the eyebrows, and bunny lines along the bridge of the nose. That being said, Botox® has also been used to create the illusion of fuller lips, create the appearance of more lifted, almond shaped eyes, stop excessive sweating in the hands and underarms, and reduce the onset of migraines.

3.     At what age should you start getting Botox®?

While there is no perfect age to start receiving Botox®, we typically see patients between the ages of 35 and 65 come in for regular treatments. We may recommend patients over the age of 65 to consider more invasive and more permanent facial rejuvenation procedures, such as a facelift or brow lift. Botox® can also be used to prevent premature signs of aging in patients who have not yet experienced frown lines and wish to ensure they don’t appear.

4.     What should I avoid after Botox®?

Because Botox® is a minimally invasive cosmetic treatment, there really is no downtime or recovery period following your appointment with Dr. Pollard. We do highly recommend you avoid drinking, smoking and using any blood-thinning anti-inflammatory medication like Aspirin or ibuprofen following your Botox® treatment, as these will increase swelling and bruising in your treated areas. However, our patients are able to return to their normal daily routines, including work, immediately following treatment.

5.     How much time does it take for Botox® to work?

Botox® works by using the active ingredient, botulinum toxin, to temporarily freeze the muscles in the treated areas that are causing fine lines and deep wrinkles to appear. Because the active ingredient takes time to take effect in the muscles, it may take three to five days for you to see the full results of your Botox® treatment. That being said, your desired results typically last up to four months at a time, after which we recommend coming in to see Dr. Pollard for a touch-up.

Do you still have some unanswered questions about how you can benefit from Botox®? Feel free to contact us at your convenience and set up a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Emily Pollard. She’ll be there for you every step of the way to ensure you’re as comfortable and as confident as possible with your decision to get Botox® treatments. We are also offering virtual consultations, so you can get all of your questions answered in the comfort and safety of your very own home.