Dermal Fillers

If your face doesn’t look as full or vibrant as it used to look, dermal fillers could work like a magic wand. Once injected into specific areas, the youthfulness-enhancing medications provide effective, immediate results. Dr. Liliana Manrique provides a variety of enticing options, including liquid facelift, at New Era Medical Aesthetics and Laser Center in Vienna, Virginia.

by Liliana Manrique, MD

What are dermal fillers?

Over time, aging and lifestyle factors can reduce the amount of the naturally hydrating substance in your skin and subcutaneous fat in your face. These changes cause your skin to lose structure and volume, making way for folds, sagging and wrinkles. Dermal fillers provide a quick, efficient means of reversing these effects. Dr. Manrique specializes in under-eye area treatment and the liquid facelift, an approach using a combination of fillers to obtain the best results.

The following fillers are available at New Era Medical Aesthetics and Laser Center:

What are the benefits?

Dermal fillers can add volume to thin lips, enhance shallow contours, soften facial lines, and wrinkles and reduce the appearance of recessed scars. They provide a faster, less expensive, and less painful alternative to surgery with no need for recovery time.

How long does it take?

Dermal filler treatments usually take less than 30 minutes per session, bringing instant results that can last 4-12 months. This means you may need as few as 1-4 treatments per year for ongoing benefits.

Do the injections hurt?

Mild and brief discomfort is common when dermal fillers are injected into the skin. If you’re concerned about pain, Dr. Manrique can apply topical numbing cream before your treatment. Some dermal fillers now contain numbing agents, such as lidocaine, to guard against irritation.

Are there risks?

Dermal fillers are generally safe, but like most medical and cosmetic procedures, side effects are possible. These include allergic reactions, tiny bumps under your skin that may be permanent and temporary bluish skin discoloration. In very rare cases, skin cells may die if the procedure is not done properly. For this reason, it’s crucial that you seek treatment from an experienced practitioner.

Is there any required aftercare?

Since there is no downtime needed after dermal filler treatment, you can get straight back to your usual activities. To make the most of your results, wear sunscreen daily. This guards against post-inflammatory pigment changes caused by the injections.

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