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Dermal Fillers in Raleigh, NC


What are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers, commonly known as injectable or soft tissue fillers, are cosmetic procedures aimed at replenishing volume, smoothing skin imperfections such as lines and wrinkles, and improving facial contours. These injectable substances are carefully delivered beneath the skin to target a range of aging indicators, including fine lines, wrinkles, loss of volume, and sagging skin. Dermal fillers also offer the option to enhance lips, contour cheekbones, and alleviate the appearance of depressed scars.

Dermal fillers contain different materials, including naturally occurring substances like hyaluronic acid (HA), calcium hydroxylapatite, poly-L-lactic acid, polymethyl methacrylate, and autologous fat. Each filler type has unique properties, longevity, and application areas.

Different Types of Dermal Fillers

In addition to Hyaluronic acid fillers, there are other dermal fillers, including Calcium hydroxylapatite, Poly-L-lactic acid, and Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA). While these fillers are available to address different concerns and desired aesthetic goals, Hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers like Juvederm and Restylane are widely recognized for their effectiveness and safety. Here’s why:

  • Natural Composition: Juvederm and Restylane are dermal fillers composed of Hyaluronic acid, a naturally existing substance in the skin that contributes to its fullness and elasticity. This natural composition ensures that the fillers seamlessly integrate with your skin, delivering natural-looking results.
  • Immediate and Long-lasting Results: Hyaluronic acid fillers work by replenishing lost volume and smoothing out wrinkles and folds in the skin. The results are immediate, and you can enjoy a refreshed and rejuvenated appearance for 6 to 12 months after the treatment.
  • Minimal Discomfort and Downtime: Dermal filler injections are non-surgical procedures that require minimal downtime and discomfort. Dr. Arthur Zacco performs all injections and ensures that the procedure is as comfortable as possible for his patients, and you can expect minimal bruising and swelling after the injections.  Nitrous Oxide or laughing gas is available if requested.
  • Convenient and Efficient: The procedure typically takes about 15 to 20 minutes. Additionally, you can drive yourself home right after the procedure, enabling you to resume your daily activities quickly.
  • High Patient Satisfaction: At our clinic, Anti Aging & Functional Medicine, we have consistently seen high levels of patient satisfaction with Hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvederm and Restylane. We have always had patients who were happy with the results of Hyaluronic Acid Dermal Fillers.

How do Dermal Fillers Work?

Dermal fillers restore lost volume and stimulate collagen production within the skin. Collagen, a protein vital for skin structure and elasticity, diminishes with age, resulting in volume loss and the emergence of wrinkles and folds. Practitioners effectively replenish volume, diminish wrinkles, and refine facial contours by strategically injecting fillers into specific facial areas like the cheeks, lips, nasolabial folds, and marionette lines.

Hyaluronic acid fillers, such as Juvederm and Restylane, rank among the most frequently utilized dermal fillers. Naturally occurring within the body, hyaluronic acid uniquely attracts and retains moisture, imparting a hydrated and plump appearance to the skin. Hyaluronic acid fillers augment skin volume upon injection, fostering a smoother and more youthful aesthetic. Notably, these fillers are temporary, gradually metabolized by the body over time, typically from 6 to 18 months, contingent on the particular product employed.

Dermal Fillers Side Effects & Risks

Although dermal fillers are typically safe when administered by a qualified professional, they can carry risks and side effects as with any skin injection. Common side effects of dermal fillers include:

  • Bruising: Minimal bruising may occur at the injection site.
  • Infection: There is always a small risk of infection at the site of any skin injection.
  • Allergic reactions: Allergic reactions to dermal fillers are rare but can occur, leading to symptoms such as itching, redness, or swelling.

It’s crucial to thoroughly discuss the potential risks and side effects of dermal fillers with your provider before proceeding with treatment. Selecting an experienced provider and adhering to post-treatment instructions are critical steps in minimizing the risk of complications and ensuring safe and satisfactory results.

Avoiding Black Market Dermal Fillers

In recent years, there has been a growing trend of purchasing dermal fillers from unauthorized sources or online black markets. However, this practice poses significant risks to your health and safety. Black market fillers may contain unsafe or counterfeit substances that can lead to severe complications, including allergic reactions, infections, and disfigurement.

It’s crucial to receive dermal filler injections from a qualified and experienced provider using FDA-approved products from reputable sources. Avoid purchasing fillers online or from non-medical professionals offering discounted or do-it-yourself treatments. Prioritize your safety and well-being by choosing a board-certified Anti Aging Physician for your dermal filler procedure.

Frequently Asked Questions about Dermal Fillers:

The longevity of dermal fillers’ effects varies based on several factors, including the type of filler employed, the treated region, and individual aspects such as metabolism and lifestyle. Hyaluronic acid fillers typically last 6 to 18 months, while other fillers may provide longer-lasting results.

The cost of dermal fillers fluctuates based on factors like the type of filler, the required amount, and the provider’s expertise. Generally, prices range from $800 to $1,500 per syringe, with additional expenses for multiple syringes or combination treatments.

There is no scientific evidence linking dermal fillers to cancer. However, consulting with a qualified provider and discussing any concerns is essential before undergoing treatment.

After injection, you can sleep as you prefer, but it is important not to put pressure on the treated area.

Dermal fillers are typically well-tolerated, with minimal discomfort during the injection process. Some individuals may have a mild stinging or burning sensation, which diminishes quickly.

Refraining from vigorous exercise and strenuous activities for the initial 24 to 48 hours following dermal filler injections is generally advisable to reduce the risk of swelling and bruising.

While there is limited research on the safety of dermal fillers during breastfeeding, it’s generally recommended to postpone cosmetic procedures until after breastfeeding to avoid any potential risks to the baby.

The degree of discomfort experienced during dermal filler injections varies from person to person, but most patients report only mild pain or a slight pinch during the procedure. We provide nitrous oxide or laughing gas upon request.