As we age, fine lines, wrinkles and loss of volume begin to appear as the underlying collagen and elastin fibers begin to break down and wear out. While this breakdown is part of the natural aging process, it can result from excessive sun exposure, squinting, frowning, smoking and smiling.
Fortunately, a variety of injectable fillers have exploded on the scene that restore lost volume, improve facial wrinkles, and stimulate collagen production to provide a more pleasing youthful appearance. These FDA-approved dermal/subcutaneous filler treatments are performed by Dr. DeEtta Gray for patients from Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, Seattle and throughout the Northwest to improve fine lines, wrinkles and age related volume deficits with little downtime and minimal side effects.
Which dermal filler is best for me?
Dr. Gray will examine the area to be treated, assess your goals and recommend the appropriate filler for your individual needs. Dr. Gray will explain the expected amount of filler required for your desired results and how long you can expect your filler to last.
How do dermal fillers work?
Dermal Fillers are injected into the skin to create volume, plumping and lifting, resulting in a healthy and vital appearance. Each one is designed for a specific treatment area.
What areas respond the best to dermal fillers?
Fine lines in the forehead, “crow’s feet”, wrinkles between the eyes, on the cheeks and at the corners of the mouth, and deeper wrinkles on the cheeks and chin all respond well to dermal fillers. Lip enhancement or a plumped lip can be achieved using dermal fillers. This treatment also improves the vertical or “Smoker’s Lines” along the edges of the lip.
Are they safe?
Yes. Most of today’s dermal fillers use hyaluronic acid which occurs naturally in the body and therefore it also dissolves naturally with time and is integrated into your body’s tissues. Over time, the molecules dissolve and turn into water as they depart without leaving any trace in your body.
How long do dermal fillers last?
It varies from individual to individual and treatment site. The length of time your treatment will last depends on many factors such as your skin, your lifestyle and your age. While the average lip treatment only lasts for about six months due to higher blood flow, other treatment area results can last up to two years. The great thing about dermal fillers is that you can replenish your natural beauty whenever you feel the need. A touch-up can be performed any time you like after the previous treatment.
What are treatments with dermal fillers like?
Dr. Gray performs the treatment by injecting the dermal filler under your skin. The whole procedure takes less than 30 minutes. Pain relief is usually not needed as discomfort is minimal, but many patients like the added comfort provided when we apply a topical anesthetic cream about 15 minutes before the injections or use ice to numb the skin.
How will I look after my treatment?
Following your injections, normal activities can be resumed in 24 hours. The treatment site may have a localized swelling, which may last a few hours to a couple days. There may be some slight bruising which can be covered with make-up. Depending on the area treated, correction usually lasts from six to nine months with some new products lasting up to twelve months. If you have been wondering how to get rid of your wrinkles but aren’t ready for surgery, fillers may be the answer.