What to Know Before Getting Dermal Fillers

Dr. David Stoker

woman\'s face getting filler injection

Injectable dermal fillers continue to see a rise in popularity around the country, largely thanks to their versatility and consistently positive results. Fillers have a well-established reputation for smoothing wrinkles, but many people are pleased to learn that these innovative products can do more. In recent years, new fillers have been introduced to add volume to the cheeks and lips and even sculpt tricky firm areas like the chin or nose. It seems like there’s nearly no limit to what fillers can do. If you’ve never tried these innovative products before, take a look at our tips to help you get the most from your appointment.

Find the Right Provider

Dermal filler injections are available in a lot of places, but my patients and I have discovered that the best results tend to come from providers working in the offices of board-certified plastic surgeons. Although the surgeons themselves may not always make the injections, the medical professionals who work in these offices are supervised and often trained by plastic surgeons, giving them exceptional experience and knowledge for delivering ideal results. In my practice, which is regularly recognized by the media for creating beautiful outcomes, I personally train my nurse injectors. We use the latest techniques and strive for natural-looking outcomes that fit each individual’s aesthetic goals.

Think Beyond Wrinkles

Dermal fillers are the go-to option for filling in areas like the nasolabial folds and lines around the nose and mouth. But they do far more than that. Today’s injectable fillers come in a variety of formulations to fill in sunken cheeks, add soft volume to the lips, and even reduce the look of sagging skin.

Great for Commitment-Phobics

The results of fillers can be quite long-lasting, but they’re not permanent. This makes the treatment ideal for people who are hesitant to commit to a new look. In the unlikely event of unfavorable results, the active ingredient in most fillers—hyaluronic acid—can be dissolved with a product called hyaluronidase. The results of a treatment with fillers—depending on the product used—can last from several months to more than a year.

Test Drive a Facelift

Injectable fillers serve another important purpose: allowing patients to preview what they might look like with facelift surgery without committing to the procedure. While the results of fillers are not completely equivalent to the results of facelift, they can treat the same areas of the face and help you visualize what you might look like after surgical enhancement. If you like the results of filler treatment and want to build on them, a facelift here in Los Angeles is a great option—and its results can last for a decade.

Ready to learn more about how fillers can help you treat the specific complaints you have? Contact my practice with your questions or to request your consultation.

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