What Is A Dermal Filler?

Fillers are a form of gel-like substances that are injected into the skin to soften facial lines and creases, restore lost volume or add increased volume, or enhance facial contours. Fillers can help deliver fuller lips, a refined nose (known as a “liquid rhinoplasty),” more prominent cheekbones, a brighter under-eye area, and fewer wrinkles in just a 30 minute appointment. Fillers have little or no downtime, and results are immediate and can last 6 months to 2 years, depending on the type of filler, the individual, and the application area.

Who Is a Candidate for Dermal Fillers?

Fillers are best for physically healthy people who do not smoke and who are looking for an immediate, non-surgical solution to improve their facial volume, definition, and skin smoothness.

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In some cases, a brow lift, face lift, or blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), or other surgical procedure may be a better, more permanent solution, particularly for older patients. If you are interested in exploring surgical options, please schedule a surgical consultation with Dr. Truesdale - he’d be happy to customize a treatment plan to meet your goals.

Get an Expert Treatment by Dr. Truesdale

During your appointment, you will share your goals with Dr. Truesdale, such as fuller lips, relaxed smile lines, or brighter under-eyes. Dr. Truesdale will assess your face and provide his expert opinion on the best plan forward.

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There are many filler products on the market, each uniquely formulated for texture, injection depth, and density. Certain fillers work better than others to treat specific goals, so Dr. Truesdale will provide his experienced guidance on which product is best for you.

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Before the treatment, your face will be cleaned and you may be given a topical numbing cream to help the treatment be as comfortable as possible.

Process to Get Dermal Fillers

Prepare for Your Appointment

Call the Office to share your goals and request an appointment time with Dr. Truesdale for your filler injections.Ideally do not take aspirin (ASA, Excedrin) or anti-inflammatory medications (Motrin, Ibuprofen, Advil, Excedrin, Naproxen, Anacin, etc) for one week prior to your appointment, to reduce the risk of bruising and bleeding. Tylenol is fine.

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Try to avoid alcohol, as well as anti-aging topical products, as well as hair removal procedures, for two days prior to your appointment.

Get an Expert Treatment by Dr. Truesdale

During your appointment, you will share your goals with Dr. Truesdale, such as fuller lips, relaxed smile lines, or brighter under-eyes. Dr. Truesdale will assess your face and provide his expert opinion on the best plan forward.

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There are many filler products on the market, each uniquely formulated for texture, injection depth, and density. Certain fillers work better than others to treat specific goals, so Dr. Truesdale will provide his experienced guidance on which product is best for you.

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Before the treatment, your face will be cleaned and you may be given a topical numbing cream to help the treatment be as comfortable as possible.

Recover, Heal, and Reveal Your Results

You will likely notice immediate results after the filler injection. Some bruising and swelling can be expected, but these symptoms are temporary and should subside in a few days. Do not be alarmed if the treated area appears larger than you’d like - that is usually just swelling and you will see the final result within a week of the treatment.

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There is no downtime after fillers - you can have a normal day after your appointment. However, you may want to take the day off from strenuous exercise, and sun exposure should be minimized for approximately 24 hours after treatment or until any initial swelling or redness goes away.

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Fillers typically last six months - two years, depending on the patient, the filler, and the treatment area.Dr. Truesdale has many patients who see him on a periodic basis to keep the results of their treatment looking fresh. He will discuss a maintenance plan with you during the appointment, and we’d be happy to help you schedule your appointments in advance to help you maintain your results long-term.

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