What Are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are made of naturally occurring substances such as polysaccrides (sugar molecules) and that can be injected into the body to smooth wrinkles and fill hollows around the eyes, cheeks and chin. Popular fillers include Juvederm Voluma™, Juvederm XC™, Restylane™ , Radiesse™ and Bellafill®.

Frequently Asked Questions

About Dermal Fillers

Am I a Candidate for Filler?

If you are over the age of 30 then you are likely a candidate for a dermal filler. As we age, we lose fat in certain parts of the face, and hollows can develop under the eyes, in the cheeks and around the mouth. These contour depressions make our face appear tired, older and less energetic. This aging process often begins in our 30s.

How do Fillers Work?

Dermal fillers act by taking up space under and thereby pushing against the skin, providing volume and smoothing the surface. Dermal fillers can be used anywhere in the face. They are most commonly used to improve the appearance of under-eye hollows, deflated cheeks, and wrinkles around the mouth. They can also be used to fill hollows in the temple, improve the jawline, and augment the appearance of the chin and cheeks.

What is Juvederm Voluma™?

Juvederm Voluma™ is the newest filler in the Juvederm™ product line and the #1 filler world wide. It is the first and only filler that is FDA-approved for the treatment of volume loss in the cheeks and mid-face region. Voluma™ results are instant and non-surgical. Voluma™ produces a natural lifting and shaping of the face that is long-lasting — up to two years. Dr. Ridenour uses a safe, quick, and nearly painless technique that was shared with him by Brazilian expert Dr. Mauricio De Maio. Bruising and swelling are rare.

What is the Recovery Time?

Mild swelling and bruising sometimes occur and can last one to three days. Makeup can be applied immediately, but strenuous activity is not advised for 24 hours. Effective treatment for bruising is available at our facility at no charge to the patient.

What are the Risks?

The most frequent risk of the procedure is minor imperfection such as bruising or a small irregularity. Fortunately, these imperfections are easily treated. More serious complications can occur if filler is injected into a blood vessel around the face. We use techniques to minimize this risk and are always prepared to treat any complication.

What is the Cost?

The cost of the procedure will depend on the number of syringes of filler required to achieve the desired result. Multiple syringes are injected at a significant discount. We will always discuss the cost of the procedure with you prior to any treatment.

How Long Will The Result Last?

The duration of the result will depend on a number of factors that we will discuss with you. Most fillers last between 6 months and 1 year. However, new fillers such as Juvederm Voluma™ can last up to 2 years in duration.

What is Dr. Ridenour’s Experience with Filler?

Dr. Ridenour is an expert injector of extraordinary experience. He has over 20 years experience with dermal fillers. He ranks in the top 1% of injectors in the U.S. based on experience and is considered a key thought leader by many companies.

Do you Use Nurse Injectors?

We have several very skilled nurse injectors who are available daily to provide comprehensive injection services.

Choosing the Right Filler For You

The selection of a dermal filler depends on the age of the patient, the area to be treated, and the goals of the procedure. Some fillers are ‘relatively hard’ and are used to amplify the bony structures of the face, such as the chin and the cheeks. Other filling agents are ‘softer’ and are used to correct deflation in the lips, folds and wrinkles. We use a variety of products, including Juvederm, Resytlane, Radiesse, Belotero, and Artefill.

Your Consultation and Treatment

We will examine you carefully and make a filler recommendation. If you elect to proceed with treatment, it can be done the same day or at a separate appointment. After cleaning the face, one or more syringes of filler are carefully injected according to the treatment plan described. Most products contain lidocaine to minimize any discomfort. The results are immediately noticeable. The total time of treatment is less than 30 minutes.

Schedule a Consultation

At Ridenour Plastic Surgery, it’s our mission to help you feel confident, comfortable and beautiful in your own skin. To learn more about filling agents or schedule a consultation, contact or call board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Brock D. Ridenour and his team in St. Louis, Missouri, at (314) 501-7946 today.

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