Dermal Fillers

Facial aging involves more than crow’s feet, worry lines, and sun damage. We also lose muscle, bone, and fat beneath the skin, gradually deflating certain areas of the face and causing hollows, sagging, and a tired look. Getting periodic injections of  Restylane®, JUVÉDERM®, or one of the many other dermal fillers at our Scottsdale, Arizona practice can create a more youthful look that still appears natural.

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What Are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are injectable products that add volume beneath the skin to smooth lines and sculpt facial contours. They counteract the effects of aging by replacing volume that is lost over time through muscle, fat, and bone loss. A skilled injector can use them to enhance the size and shape of facial features such as the lips, cheeks, nose, and chin.

Benefits of Dermal Fillers

One of the primary advantages of fillers is that they provide alternatives to surgery that take years off and don’t require downtime. Other benefits include:

  • Smoothing fine lines and wrinkles
  • Restoring volume and fullness to areas such as the cheeks and chin
  • Plumping up and defining the lips
  • Reducing signs of aging on the hands

Our experienced, highly trained nurse injector, Ashley Smith, uses her knowledge of various fillers to help patients get the outcomes they want. We offer a wide range of fillers because some products work better for certain patients and certain indications.

Can I Combine BOTOX With Fillers?

Patients often combine filler injections with BOTOX® Cosmetic or a longer-lasting neuromodulator like DAXXIFY® to create comprehensive results. This is often referred to as a “liquid facelift.” While the degree of correction of this treatment is not comparable to surgical procedures such as a facelift or brow lift, it is a great option for people with early to moderate signs of aging who aren’t ready for surgery.

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Our Nonsurgical Experts

Dr. Hobgood's aesthetic team creates customized treatment plans tailored to the cosmetic needs of each patient. Ashley Smith is a registered nurse injector who specializes in BOTOX® and filler injections, while licensed esthetician Brooke Scatchard is a certified laser technician.

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Our Menu of Fillers

Fillers are more specialized than ever before, formulated to address specific areas of the face to produce more attractive and natural-looking results. Even as the fillers become more advanced, treatments require a skilled injector to ensure patients get the desired outcomes. We offer fillers from the JUVÉDERM and Restylane families, along with RADIESSE®, for patients from Phoenix, Chandler, Mesa, Tempe, and other nearby cities. Virtually all fillers we use are pre-mixed with lidocaine, a numbing agent that makes treatments more comfortable.

Restylane

All fillers in this collection are made with hyaluronic acid (HA), a substance that occurs naturally in the body, meaning patients don’t need allergy testing before injections. HA is ideal for use in fillers because it attracts and absorbs water, boosting and hydrating the skin.

Options include:

  • Restylane: This is an excellent product for the under-eye area (also known as the “tear trough”) to help improve the appearance of dark circles and hollows.
  • Lyft: More robust than the original Restylane, Lyft addresses age-related volume loss in the mid-face area, especially the cheeks. Lyft can also boost nasolabial folds and other moderate to severe facial folds. Results last up to 12 months.
  • Silk: This smooth, delicate gel filler enhances lips and smooths lines around the mouth. It’s injected with an ultrafine needle to ensure precise treatments. Results last between 6 – 9 months.
  • Refyne: This “next generation” filler softens nasolabial folds and marionette lines—often called “laugh lines”—to restore a more youthful appearance that still looks natural. Approved by the FDA in 2016, Refyne results can last up to 12 months.
  • Defyne: Deeper lines require a filler that’s specifically created to address these concerns. Defyne works without limiting your range of facial emotions. Results last up to 12 months.

JUVÉDERM

These HA fillers come in a variety of specialized formulations to create personalized, natural-looking results. Options include:

  • JUVÉDERM XC: This smooth gel is used to restore volume and smooth facial wrinkles and folds effectively. Ultra XC can be used to add volume to lips, including when your lips have thinned with age. Results last 6 to 9 months
  • VOLUMA® XC: Approved by the FDA to restore age-related volume loss in the cheeks. It’s injected deeper than most other fillers and produces results lasting up to 2 years.
  • VOLLURE® XC: The most recent addition to the JUVÉDERM family. VOLLURE creates a smoother appearance by softening moderate to severe wrinkles, including “parentheses” around the mouth. Results can last up to 18 months.
  • VOLBELLA® XC: Specifically formulated to enhance lip volume, VOLBELLA also helps smooth the fine lines around the mouth. The results can last up to a year.

RADIESSE

This filler uses calcium-based microspheres suspended in a gel carrier to soften and smooth wrinkles. These microspheres dissolve over time after providing a scaffold around which your body builds new collagen.

Lip Fillers

Lip filler injections are some of the most popular nonsurgical treatments at our practice for people age 21 and older.

What are the benefits of lip fillers?

Patients choose lip fillers for one or more of the following improvements:

  • Plumping up lips that are naturally thin or have thinned with age
  • Increasing balance in fullness between the top and bottom lips
  • Adding definition to lip borders and the cupid’s bow
  • Smoothing out vertical lip lines (lipstick lines)

What are the best filler options for lips?

Several fillers are designed specifically for lip injections, including Restylane Silk, Restylane Kysse, JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA, and JUVÉDERM Ultra. These fillers feature smaller molecules and a thinner consistency for natural-looking results in the delicate lip area.

What are lip injections like?

After a topical anesthetic takes effect, Ashley injects the filler into the lips with a fine needle. Our fillers contain lidocaine to minimize discomfort during injection.

What should I expect after treatment?

While no recovery time is required, you may want to take it easy for a day or two. Expect redness and swelling for about a week.

How can I optimize my results?

The following precautions can help you get the best results and minimize side effects:

  • Applying ice packs with periods of rest as directed
  • Performing gentle lip massage, as directed, starting a day or two after treatment
  • Avoiding strenuous exercise and alcohol consumption for 24 hours
  • Drinking plenty of water

The lips are very sensitive, so be sure to follow your post-procedure instructions carefully.

How long do results last?

Lip fillers last about 12 to 18 months, depending on the filler used and individual patient factors.

Your Dermal Filler Treatment

Treatments with fillers are very similar regardless of the product used. We apply an antiseptic solution in the treatment area and mark specific injection locations. The procedure can last up to an hour but may be shorter depending on the number of injections needed. Mild discomfort, swelling, redness at the injection site, and possibly temporary bruising are normal side effects following filler injections. We recommend using a cold compress afterward to minimize swelling and redness.

Dermal Filler Recovery

One of the perks of dermal fillers is that it is a quick, minimally invasive procedure with immediate results. Most patients return to ordinary, non-strenuous activities right away. You are likely to experience redness and swelling at your injection sites, but this should go away within a day or two. Cool compresses can help. Some people also experience bruising, but we can give you tips on how to minimize this.

You should avoid rubbing or massaging the treatment areas for the first few days. It is also a good idea to skip strenuous exercise, extensive heat or sun exposure, alcohol, and certain skincare products for the first 24 hours.

Common Questions

Are dermal fillers better than BOTOX?

Dermal fillers are not better or worse than BOTOX because they are different products used for different purposes. Fillers add volume to smooth lines and enhance contours, whereas BOTOX relaxes tiny muscles to smooth expression lines. Both are very safe, popular, and effective, and we often use BOTOX and fillers together for complete facial rejuvenation.

How painful are dermal filler injections?

These treatments involve minimal discomfort because we use fillers that contain lidocaine, make the injections with a fine needle or cannula, and offer topical numbing cream to ease any concerns.

Will my results look natural?

Our experienced nurse injector, Ashley, is known for providing highly natural-looking results by skillfully using fillers to rejuvenate and accentuate her patients’ natural features.

How long do fillers last?

Fillers can last from 6 months to 2 years or more, depending on the type of filler and the treatment area. Patients who are consistent with touch-up treatments can extend the longevity of their results.

Are fillers bad for your face?

No, fillers are not bad for your face. Hyaluronic acid is a substance that occurs naturally in the body and thus is biocompatible. There is almost no risk of an allergic reaction; the body harmlessly breaks the filler down and eliminates it over time.

Is JUVÉDERM better than other dermal fillers?

JUVÉDERM, Restylane, and RADIESSE are among the most popular brands of fillers due to their strong records of safety and effectiveness. However, there are many quality filler products available, and each provider has their favorites.

Ready for Fillers?

Get started by requesting a consultation using the online form to discuss which fillers and lip injections will work for you. If you’re in the Chandler, Tempe, or Phoenix area, you can also call us at our Scottsdale plastic surgery office at (480) 214-9955 to schedule an appointment.

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