Soft tissue fillers are a great, non-invasive alternative for treating wrinkles and lines in the face. For clients noticing a loss in volume and an increase in wrinkles, facial fillers can add a youthful fullness and reduce the appearance of unwanted skin lines. If you are looking for a provider of facial fillers in Dallas, Dr. Stephanie Teotia is a top plastic and reconstructive surgeon experienced in performing facial filler procedures.
Unlike with Botox, which works by relaxing muscles, fillers work by filling in areas of volume loss. Fillers have proven very effective to add volume to the face by reducing the appearance of lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. Fillers can also add volume to lips, help define the lip border, and treat lines around the mouth. Facial fillers are also among one of the most popular, non-surgical interventions for treating under eye bags and dark circles. Fillers are perfect to treat bags caused by lack of volume or to plump deep tear troughs to minimize the appearance of dark circles. Some facial fillers are used in addition to surgical procedures to maximize results.
Results can be seen pretty much immediately after the procedure. Patients will enjoy a renewed plumpness and rejuvenated appearance to the treated areas. Facial fillers last for around 6-24 months depending on the filler used and the location of the filler. Patients who receive consistent treatments can optimize their results and may need less filler over time to achieve the same look.
A wide variety of fillers can be used for subtle effects or more noticeable volume depending on client preferences. Hyaluronic acid (HA) is the base for popular fillers like Juvederm and Restylane. It is a natural substance found in the body in soft connective tissues. HA-based fillers are best for more subtle lines and wrinkles. For deeper lines and wrinkles, fillers with calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) like Radiesse are more effective. This biosynthetically produced filler doesn’t migrate and can be effective for over a year after injection. CaHA-based fillers are thicker and should not be used in areas with thin skin.
With several types of FDA approved fillers, it can be hard for patients to decide which filler may be right for them. Dr. Teotia uses a number of approved fillers and will evaluate which filler is best on a procedure by procedure basis. An evaluation of which filler is best for each individual patient will include how long the filler lasts, how much filler is needed, the injection location, and patient skin type. This individualized approach ensures that every patient gets the best filler for their specific needs.
The procedure itself is very simple. Dr. Teotia will evaluate your facial contours and problem areas, taking the time to discuss your concerns and aesthetic goals. Each treatment plan is individualized to maximize results and patient satisfaction. The procedure itself can be very quick depending on the number of injections required. Dr. Teotia performs every facial filler injection personally to ensure maximum results. After cleaning the injection site, Dr. Teotia will use a topical anesthetic to numb the skin. Injections are then administered, followed by a massage of the injection area to ensure a smooth, even appearance. After each injection, Dr. Teotia will evaluate the effectiveness of the filler. Additional filler may be applied if needed.
Recovery is typically very mild and most patients only require minimal (if any) downtime. Besides some initial swelling and mild bruising, patients shouldn’t experience any major discomfort post-procedure. Patients should avoid any strenuous activity for 24-48 hours depending on the number of injections. Simply icing the injection site can help minimize swelling and limit any discomfort. Some patients experience temporary numbness, redness, or small bumps immediately after injection, but these effects fade quickly.
Dr. Teotia and her team are experienced in providing expert, individualized care for every patient. If you have noticed a loss in volume or an increase in lines and wrinkles, facial fillers may be the perfect way to rejuvenate the contour and smoothness of your face.