Everything you Need to Know about Dermal Fillers

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Dermal fillers are gels rich in substances used to restore the volume and plumpness to the skin, including areas under the eyes, cheeks, lips, jawline, and other places. As we age, our skin cells slowly lose their ability to produce more natural collagen, making the elastin in the skin reduced. As a result, our skin loses its ability to fix itself, which makes it dry and thin. Hyaluronic acid contained in our body decreases over time and this causes lines and wrinkles forming in our skin. In order to preserve that fresh look, we use dermal fillers that will add volume to our skin and make it look smooth and lifted.

What does the treatment involve?

The dermal filler treatment is quite simple. It involves using hyaluronic acid and injecting it using a tiny needle. The actual process lasts for few seconds, doesn’t leave any scars and it doesn’t cause any discomfort whatsoever. You might feel a small pinch as the needle goes into the skin. The results are evident immediately after the treatment. There are several types of Monalisa dermal fillers intended to treat fine lines, as well as deep skin depressions, and each is highly efficient according to its purpose. They can be even used to improve the appearance of scars.

What is the price?

The prices of cosmetic fillers range vastly from tens of dollars/euro to hundreds. The dermal fillers cost depends on a multitude of factors – brand, quality, local market value. Certain countries have higher import duties for fillers and in some – they are regulated and require specific (often very expensive) license. Bigger brand names, as with anything else, tend to cost more and you often will end up paying the so-called “brand tax”. Of course there is certain, but not always true, correlation between the price and the quality. It is here that Monalisa fillers really stand out in the crowd, by offering the premium quality of much more expensive skin and lip fillers, but at much more affordable rates.

How long does the procedure last?

Facial injectionThe dermal filler procedure takes about 30 minutes, or more. As mention above, the results are instant with a minimal amount of discomfort and downtime. There might be some light swelling or bruising after dermal filler treatment but these usually disappear within 24 hours. Depending on the type of filler, the effects of the treatment will last around 18-24 months since these are non-permanent dermal fillers. Once the effects begin to soften, you can repeat the procedure.

Who can undergo Monalisa dermal filler procedure?

Individuals who are looking for skin rejuvenation and reduction of wrinkles, fine lines and even scares are eligible to undergo such procedures. Also, individuals who want to add volume to their face are suitable candidates for Monalisa dermal fillers. Basically, this treatment is safe and suits all individuals who want a fresher appearance without lines and wrinkles. However, even though there are no known risks and that dermal fillers are derived from a natural substance, it is advised that pregnant women and those who are breastfeeding avoid such treatments.

How often do you need the treatment?

The amount of time in between filler injections varies. It really depends on the type of the filler used in the procedure and the person who had it. Usually, you might need to go back after six months after the initial treatment, but this really depends on the type of the filler. You will get detailed instructions on when to come back for your next treatment.

Are there any side effects?

It is always the best idea to read extensively about any medical or cosmetic procedure, before you decide to undergo it. We’ve tried our best to provide you with as much valuable information about fillers on our blog page, as we could gather, informing you about every aspect of these rejuvenation procedures. Dermal fillers are made of hyaluronic acid and water, and both of these are found naturally in the body. Therefore, there are no serious side effects of fillers, except from light swelling, redness and skin irritation. All the side effects mention are gone after few hours, maybe a day tops.

What substances do most reliable dermal filler injections feature?

Facial injection of womanThese products are typically based on one main substance which can serve multiple purposes such as to stimulate collagen production, fill wrinkles around the nose and mouth, correct lost volume in the face, give thin lips more plumpness, etc. In most of the cases, those substances are naturally found in the human body (e.g. hyaluronic acid or calcium hydroxylapatite) which makes them very biocompatible and safe. Those are typically non-permanent fillers that dissolve in a matter of several months. Other options (e.g. Polylactic acid) are 100% synthetic or are even based on fat harvested from the patient’s body (Autologous fat injections). The common thing between all of them, however, is that they have a high biological compatibility and are either fully or partially biodegradable.

Different brands use their own proprietary formula and production technology which may or may not include collagen, materials derived from bacteria fermentation and more. Some can also contain lidocaine which serves as a local anesthetic, reducing pain and discomfort during the injection process.

Who should perform the injection treatment?

While the Society of Plastic Surgeons views most top-rated products of this type as minimally invasive fillers, the injection procedure should be carried out by a trained and board-certified medical professional. Most facial fillers, including Genoss’ Monalisa products, are categorized as professional medical devices and must be used by qualified medical personnel only.

About Dr. Carson Simmons, MD

Dr. Carson Simmons, MD, has been a licensed Aesthetician for over 7 years. As of 2013, he has also been a Board Certified Surgeon. He received his education and degree at the John Hopkins University School of Medicine and is well-known for his many papers on facial contouring and facial augmentation. Dr. Simmons has also used his extensive experience in this medical field to write two best-selling books that examine the connection between skin aging and nutrition.