Have you tashutterstock_125335304(2)ken the dermal filler plunge? This non-surgical procedure is one of the quickest and easiest ways to give yourself a rejuvenating boost. We’ve found that once patients try fillers, they almost always come back for more. But, before that first treatment, it’s likely that you have questions about what to expect. Here’s what you need to know about dermal filler treatment. Please get in touch with us if you have any other questions or are ready to schedule your first dermal filler appointment.

How Long Does it Take to See Results?

If you like instant gratification, you’ll love dermal fillers. The results are typically immediate. You should be able to see a difference by the time you leave our office. Some fillers provide both immediate results and results that improve over time. For example, Radiesse uses calcium hydroxlapatite microspheres to create a lattice network into which new collagen can grow. You’ll see immediate results after treatment, with continued improvement over the course of the next 2-3 months as the new collagen is formed.

How Many Appointments Will I Need?

Some cosmetic treatments (like most cosmetic lasers) require a series of treatments for optimal results. Dermal fillers are a great option for those that want to see optimal results immediately.  One treatment is often all that you’ll need. Best of all, filler treatments are some of the quickest we offer. The entire office visit is usually less than 45 minutes, start to finish.

What’s Recovery Like?

Dermal fillers are a no downtime procedure. They are a major cornerstone of our anti-aging facial rejuvenation treatments here at the Santa Monica Laser and Skin Care Center. After treatment, you’ll be able to leave our offices immediately. You’ll be able to drive yourself home. Many patients actually head right back to work. Redness, tenderness, and swelling can occur, but typically are minor and fade over the course of a few days. Makeup can be applied to cover any redness you may experience.

How Long Do the Results Last?

We offer a variety of different fillers, each with unique properties and benefits. Each one has different expectations for the amount of time it will last. We will advise you about what to expect from the specific fillers you receive and will work with you to create a maintenance schedule. Here’s a quick breakdown of how long each filler typically lasts.

  • Juvederm– typically 7-8 months, with results lasting up to a year in some patients.
  • Juvederm Voluma– 18-24 months (longer than most other fillers).
  • Belotero- 6-8 months in most patients
  • Restylane– 7-8 months in most patients, up to a year in some.
  • Radiesse– up to a year.
  • Sculptra– up to 2 years with occasional touch ups.

For fewer wrinkles and younger looking skin, give dermal fillers a try. Call us today at 310-829-9396 to schedule your appointment.