Are Dermal Fillers Safe for Long-Term Use?

The natural aging process causes many changes to your appearance, leading to a loss of skin elasticity and contour. In the past, the only way to address these issues was by surgically repositioning the tissues and enhancing your facial structure.

Now, the development of dermal fillers has given us the ability to diminish wrinkles and add volume in one quick, in-office appointment. However, if you are considering trying this treatment for yourself, you may have some safety concerns. Read on to learn more about filler benefits and long-term safety.

How Do Facial Fillers Work?

Dermal fillers like those in the Juvéderm® and Restylane® families are smooth, gel-like substances designed to minimize wrinkles such as nasolabial folds while lifting and shaping areas that have lost definition as you age. These product lines include slight variations in their formulations and consistencies that make them ideal for targeting a wide range of cosmetic concerns, including:

  • Moderate to severe lines and wrinkles around your mouth
  • Prominent tear troughs under your eyes
  • Sunken cheeks
  • Thin or poorly defined lips

The primary ingredient in Restylane® and Juvéderm® is hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance that keeps skin healthy and resilient. While the word “acid” may give you pause, rest assured that these products have a long track record of safety and reliability.

Many of our patients choose dermal fillers as a far less invasive alternative to plastic surgery. With fillers, you can avoid the stitches, scarring, and potential complications of undergoing a surgical procedure. There is also no need for a lengthy recovery process or any activity restrictions that interrupt your busy schedule.

Benefits of Dermal Fillers

Aside from providing you with a natural-looking, subtly refreshed appearance, hyaluronic fillers are reversible in the rare event that you change your mind or experience any unforeseen complications. We will also take every precaution to ensure your treatment is safe and comfortable, including applying a numbing cream before performing injections.

Because your body naturally produces hyaluronic acid, dermal fillers are biocompatible, which means there is little to no risk of an allergic reaction. Please come prepared to discuss your complete health history, such as any adverse responses you have had to previous medical treatments.

How to Choose a Provider

Fillers are highly sought-after as a low-risk, high-reward way to boost your confidence and improve your appearance. However, for your safety and satisfaction, you will want to be choosy about who performs your treatment. While it may seem convenient to get fillers at your favorite salon or day spa, the person who provides your injections at these locations may have little more than a few hours of training, which could lead to unexpected or dissatisfying results.

At the Dermatology Medical Group of San Francisco, our experienced dermatologists personally complete all consultations and treatments. They use their comprehensive knowledge of skin care and anti-aging remedies to determine the specific products and amounts to use to achieve outstanding, long-lasting results. Your safety and satisfaction are our ultimate priorities, which is why we research every cosmetic treatment we provide so we can confidently recommend it. Please reach out to us today to schedule your private consultation about dermal fillers or any other solution you are interested in.