Dermal Fillers

In our Westlake office, dermal fillers are a minimally invasive cosmetic treatment used to restore volume and fullness to various areas of the face and other body parts. Dermal fillers are primarily used to minimize the appearance of wrinkles, lines, and other signs of aging, as well as contour and enhance certain facial features. Many people at our Westlake clinic find dermal fillers to be successful in improving asymmetry, lifting the eyebrows, shaping the chin, and correcting nose irregularities.

There are multiple types of dermal fillers available, and most are made of substances that occur naturally in the body or biocompatible materials.  Dermal fillers are injected directly into the skin, helping to plump up the targeted areas and provide a more youthful and refreshed appearance, and are effective in helping them reach their cosmetic goals.

The results are immediate and can last an average of 6 months to a year.

  • Most treatments take about 20-30 minutes, depending on the area(s) covered
  • A topical numbing agent can be applied if needed/requested 20 minutes prior 
  • Swelling to the injected area is expected which can last up to 3 days
  • There’s always the possibility of bruising
  • Avoid drinking alcohol the night before, preferably a couple of days before – which helps reduce chances of bruising and enhances the healing process
  • Avoid NSAIDS (Aspirin, Motrin, Aleve, Ibuprofen) if possible a few days beforehand
  • Inform your provider if you are taking any blood thinners
  • Do not touch or manipulate treated area(s) for the first 24 hours
  • If instructed to massage an area (lips for example), start on day 2
  • If lumps or bumps are present, gently apply light to medium pressure while massaging the area for 1-2 minutes. DO NOT do this more than twice a day – often times these improve on their own
  • Apply ice to the treated areas for 15 minutes at a time if desired to help swelling and avoid bruising
  • Avoid strenuous activity or exercise for 48 hours
  • Fillers take approximately 2 weeks to fully settle and integrate into the existing tissue
  • If there are any immediate concerns such as intense and increasing pain or severe bruising, please call the office, otherwise wait 2 weeks before scheduling a follow-up appointment