Dermal Fillers – Elizabeth Vogstrom, PA-C
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Dermal Fillers

Comprised of hyaluronic, hydroxylapatite, or poly-L-lactic acids, dermal fillers help restore volume to immediately smooth away fine lines and wrinkles.

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About the procedure

An ultra-fine needle is used to inject a very small amount of dermal filler to specific areas of the face to temporarily improve the appearance of facial contours, treat moderate wrinkles and folds, and/or increase volume of the lips.

Anticipated benefit

Dermal fillers can be used to add volume, where lost. Elizabeth’s advanced techniques allow her to also lift areas of the face to lessen skin folds. Results are visible immediately, and vary greatly depending on a variety of factors unique to each individual. Most dermal fillers are comprised of hyaluronic acid molecules – natural substances that already exist in the human body – so they are a safe and effective way to fill in fine lines and wrinkles.

Product expertise

With an ever-increasing number of dermal filler options available, Elizabeth will help you choose just the right one(s) for your unique face and desired look.

    • JUVÉDERM® XC,(hyaluronic acid-based)
    • JUVÉDERM® Ultra XC (hyaluronic acid-based)
    • JUVÉDERM® Ultra Plus XC (hyaluronic acid-based)
    • VOLUMA® XC (hyaluronic acid-based)
    • VOLBELLA® XC (hyaluronic acid-based)
    • Restylane® Silk (hyaluronic acid-based)
    • Restylane® (hyaluronic acid-based)
    • Restylane® Lift (hyaluronic acid-based)
    • Sculptra® (poly-L-lactic acid-based)

Length of results

A repeat treatment will be necessary to maintain optimal results, and several sessions may be needed to complete the injection series. Elizabeth recommends every 6-24 months, depending on the product and facial area being treated.

Risks and complications to consider

Although a very thin needle is used, common injection-related reactions may occur such as pain, swelling, itching, discoloration, bruising, or tenderness in the area(s) treated.

Prepare for your treatment

  • Dermal filler treatment requires almost no downtime. However, swelling and bruising can occur. While most bruises can be covered with concealer, it’s smart to avoid planning any important work or social events for 2-7 days after treatments.
  • Stop taking medications that can thin the blood a week before treatment. Avoid taking aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, St. John’s Wort, garlic supplements, Ginko, and high doses of vitamin E supplements one week before treatment and 48 hours after treatment. Tylenol may be substituted for pain medication.
  • Take Arnica Montana 12C (under the tongue) 3 times a day for 3-5 days prior to your treatment and continue for 5 days after.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol a few days before treatment.
  • Continue with your Arnica tablet regimen (see pre-treatment tips), or you can apply an Arnica topical cream to reduce bruising.
  • Avoid touching the area(s) treated within the first 6 hours of treatment. After 6 hours, the area can be gently cleansed with soap and water.
  • Avoid exercise and alcohol for up to 24 hours after treatment.
  • Use cold compresses in the area to reduce swelling and discomfort for up to 24 hours after treatment.
  • Avoid facials, facial waxing. Glycolic or AHA peels, Liquid Nitrogen (dry ice) or laser treatments for 7-14 days.

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