What are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers include products such as Restylane®, Restylane® Silk, Restylane Lyft®, JUVÉDERM® XC, Voluma XC®, Volbella XC®, Vollure®, Belotero®, Radiesse®, Sculptra™, and even fat. Trying to keep up with all of these products is by itself a difficult task, but it’s probably enough to know initially that each product has specific indicated uses, advantages, and disadvantages. The expert injectors at Utah Facial Plastics, who all specialize in dermal fillers in Utah, can discuss in your consultation the details of each of these products. To summarize briefly, dermal fillers can be used to improve the texture of the skin (fine lines, wrinkles, etc). or to sculpt certain facial areas (lips, cheeks, etc). Fillers are generally well tolerated by all patients and are very safe when used properly.
What are the Benefits of Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are injected into the desired area with a very fine needle and produce immediate results. Generally, very small amounts are injected into each area in order to ensure a smooth and even distribution. They offer the following benefits:
- Offer many possibilities and uses for enhancement including:
- Softening of fine lines around the nose and mouth:
- Nasolabial folds (lines extending from the corners of the nose to the corners of the mouth)
- Melolabial folds (lines extending from the corners of the mouth to the sides of the chin)
- Fine lines around the lips (lipstick lines)
- Lip enhancement producing subtle to dramatic results in a very natural way
- Cheek augmentation
- Filling of hollowing under the eyes that occurs as the midface migrates downward
- Softening of fine lines around the nose and mouth:
- Produce immediate results
- Performed in the office with topical local anesthetic
- No need for sedative anesthesia
- No down time
- Minimal or no bruising
- Safe and effective when used and administered properly
- All treatments are done by an experienced injector trained by Dr. Thompson
The Utah Facial Plastics Difference
As facial plastic surgeons, Dr. Thompson and Dr. Henstrom have extensive experience with dermal fillers and injectables and have been treating patients daily for over 10 plus years. Unfortunately, injectables are not highly regulated and many untrained doctors and non physicians can easily take a weekend course prior to offering injectables, typically at a lower or discounted rate. There are risks and complications that typically come from an inexperienced injector. In such cases, the injectable may get a bad reputation when the problem actually lies with the injector and not the product.
It’s also important to realize that just because someone is a plastic surgeon or dermatologist, even if board certified, doesn’t necessarily mean they perform injectable treatments often. Many have a high volume of breast implant experience and less of a focus on facial fillers and Botox. Facial volumization has become a mainstream focus in facial rejuvenation and choosing a physician that understands the different levels of tissue in the face is important. With the many different dermal filler and injectable options on the market today, you want someone that also understands what products are best for certain areas of the face and can make appropriate recommendations based on your specific needs and concerns.
Our expert nurse injectors, Alfie Symes and Beth Sheiner, have both been specifically trained under Dr. Thompson and Dr. Henstrom and have years of experience treating many patients with Botox and injectables. Their results are incredibly natural and they spend ample time with each patient to ensure the best outcome possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
The best candidates for dermal fillers in Utah are those with mild to moderate signs of aging or a desire to augment a certain area of the face, such as the lips or cheeks. Younger patients often begin getting dermal filler and/or botox injections as a way to prevent or stave off signs of aging before they worsen.
Dr. Scott Thompson and Dr. Douglas Henstrom, double board certified facial plastic surgeons in Utah, have extensive experience with dermal fillers. During your consultation, they will discuss your concerns, goals and desires.
They will then examine the structures of your face, assess the quality of your skin tone and bone structure, and will make recommendations he feels will help you achieve your aesthetic goals. They will also discuss any possible risks and complications that could follow your procedure, if applicable. Information on skincare and other procedures that may enhance your overall result will be provided as well.
A Utah Facial Plastics associate will then provide you with all the financial details on any procedure discussed at your consultation and give financing options if applicable. They can also help facilitate the next step in the process and/or provide additional resources, such as before and after photos, articles, educational videos, etc.
Your dermal filler treatment can be done at the same time as your consultation if you decide to proceed and if your injector determines you are a good candidate.
It is recommended that you avoid any medications that can prolong bleeding, such as aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS), for about a week prior to receiving treatment in order to reduce the risk of bruising and bleeding.
Upon arrival at our office, numbing cream is applied once your injector has determined you are a candidate for Juvederm and has determined which formulation is right for you. We let that sit for about 20-30 minutes so any pain at the injection site is minimized. The injection itself usually takes about 15 minutes.
There is no recovery time post procedure and most patients return to work or resume their day following their appointment. You may experience some tenderness, temporary redness, swelling, bruising, firmness, and bumps at the injections sites. These typically clear up on their own in 7 days or less. We do provide an ice pack for you to take with you and place on the injection site(s) for a brief period. It is typically recommended to avoid strenuous exercise, extended exposure to heat, and alcohol consumption for the remainder of the day if possible.
JUVÉDERM® XC is the smooth gel filler that your doctor uses to instantly smooth away wrinkles around your mouth and nose. With just one treatment, you’ll get smooth and natural-looking results that last up to a year. Learn More »
Juvederm Voluma XC is the first and only injectable gel approved by the FDA for the cheek area. This new injectable instantly adds volume, provides a subtle lift, and restores contour for a more youthful profile. This makes Voluma XC is an important product for Dr. Thompson to provide for instant facial rejuvenation. Learn More »
Juvederm Volbella XC is an exciting new member of the Juvederm family that is FDA-approved for lip augmentation and the correction of peri-oral lines around the lips, otherwise known as “smoker’s lines”. The injectors at Utah Facial Plastics are excited to offer this new filler to the repertoire of amazing options for non-surgical facial rejuvenation. Learn More »
Bellafill is a recent, FDA-approved, permanent injectable for soft tissues that has been found to be useful in helping to improve on nasolabial folds, or what is commonly known as smile lines. Unlike many of its counterparts, Artefill is a non-resorbable material, which means that it is neither broken down nor absorbed into the body after injection. Learn More »
Sculptra is a safe FDA approved synthetic injectable that adds facial volume for a more youthful appearance. Sculptra is different from hyaluronic acid fillers in that it stimulates the body to produce new collagen and underlying tissue to fill in lines and wrinkles and elevate loose skin. Learn More »
Products in the Restylane family add volume and fullness to the skin to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as the lines from your nose to the corners of your mouth (nasolabial folds). Restylane and Restylane-L can also add fullness and definition to lips in patients over 21 years, providing natural-looking results with just one treatment. Learn More »
Restylane Silk is the first and only FDA-approved filler is specifically designed for lip enhancement and the smoothing of fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth (also known as smoker’s lines or perioral rhytids). Restylane Silk is made of smaller, smoother particles than Restylane and Perlane, which is why it’s perfect for fine lines around the mouth and subtle lip enhancement. Learn More »
Just like Restylane, Perlane is a clear gel formulation of hyaluronic acid that is specifically formulated to act like your body’s own hyaluronic acid, adding volume and fullness to the skin. What makes Perlane different from Restylane is the average size of the particles and depth of the injection, which means it’s a better choice for more severe facial wrinkles that will benefit from a deeper injection. Learn More »
This dermal filler is as unique as you are. BELOTERO BALANCE® is specifically designed to ingegrate into your skin and mold to your distinct facial contours. By adapting to your skin, lines and wrinkles are softened for smooth and natural results that are uniquely you. Learn More »
Replenish lost volume and look younger with Radiesse® Volumizing Filler. Not only does this wrinkle filler give you immediate results, it also continues to provide added benefit by stimulating the production of your own natural collagen. By adding instant volume, wrinkles and folds can disappear immediately. And in many patients, results lasted a year or more. Look younger for longer by choosing Radiesse® Volumizing Filler. Learn More »
“I have had 2 appointments with Beth. One for Botox & one for fillers. She is a great listener & interested in what I think I need, as well as adding what she might think I need. I don’t want to look like I have had anything done, just refreshed. She understands that & takes her time communicating about what would be the best without being over done. I am going back again next week so she can see how the fillers worked. Have already told a friend about her & Thompson’s Team!! Grateful she is on staff!! Welcome Beth, & thank you!!” ~ MB
“I went in yesterday for some Juvederm. This was my 1st visit here, but not my 1st time with fillers. This was by far the best experience I have had. Alfie did my injections. She is precise and did an excellent job. No bruising whatsoever which is rare for me. She was super nice, educated and the results exceeded my expectations. I am so happy to have found her after some hit and miss experiences with other local plastic surgeons. Highly recommend!!” ~ AM
Dermal Filler Resource Guide
Select a link below to learn more:
- Your Viable, Safe and Fast Options for Dermal Fillers in Utah
- Salt Lake City Dermal Fillers
- 3 Procedures You Should Never Get Done At A Medical Spa
- Where To Get Botox & Fillers in SLC, Utah
- Meet Utah’s Top Plastic Surgeon
- How Does A Non-Surgical Facelift Work?
- Non-Surgical Facelift
- How To Look and Feel Younger Without Going Under The Knife
- Top 5 Under-Eye Wrinkle Treatments
- Tear Trouph Rejuvenation
- Non-Surgical Facelift on The Younger You with Troy Thompson
- Dr. Thompson Earns Reputation For Natural Results with Fillers
- “Overdone” – Filler and Botox Overuse
- Lip Augmentation
- How The Stars Prep For The Red Carpet
- Look Younger Without Surgery on Good Things Utah
- Dr. Thompson Awarded Patient’s Choice Award for 2013
- Four Reasons Plastic Surgery Is On The Rise
- Top Utah Plastic Surgeon Finds Positive Results with Voluma
- Beauty With No Knife