Does getting dermal fillers hurt?

Dermal fillers tend to be comparable to Botox with regards to the pain of the procedure itself. That being said, dermal fillers are commonly injected into more sensitive areas of the face.  For example, the lips.

Some patients prefer a topical cream to numb treatment sites prior to injection. This helps but does not eliminate the pain associated with the procedure. Additionally, most dermal fillers are premixed with lidocaine, to further decrease pain.

Because the lips are amongst the most sensitive areas, we may perform a dental block prior to treatment. This includes application of an anesthetic gel to the gums and a few lidocaine injections.

How long after the procedure does it take to see results?

Great news anyone who loves instant gratification.  Results are immediate. That being said, final results tend to take a few days to appear. Initially, there may be some slight bruising and/or inflammation and overall volume tends to increase over the course of the first couple of days.

How long does the dermal filler last?

Juvederm Ultra Plus and Restylane lasts between 9 and 12 months depending on amount and site of injection.  Volbella lasts 12 months, Vollure lasts 18 months, and Voluma lasts 24 months.

What will happen if I get dermal filler one time but do not continue to get it on a regular basis?

If you do not continue to get it on a regular basis, the effects will wear off . You will NOT get more wrinkles or decreased volume than you previously had.

Will it be obvious that I’ve had a cosmetic procedure?

At San Diego Botox, we are very careful not to over-do dermal fillers.  It is better to under fill an area than overfill it and give you a obviously overdone look.  We can save what you do not use at the initial visit for a subsequent visit and we can always add more.

Reversing a dermal filler injection is possible with subsequent injections of an enzyme that breaks it down.

Is there anyone who should not get dermal fillers?

Yes.   Do not get dermal fillers if you have a skin infection at the planned injection site. Treat the infection. We’d love to see you afterwards.

I’m pregnant. Can I still get dermal fillers?

Although it’s unlikely there will be any adverse side effects to your baby, San Deigo Botox recommends not undergoing the procedure if you are pregnant.