What Are Dermal Fillers and How Do They Work?

A glamorous young woman wearing a low-cut off-shoulder white top with styled long brunette hair poses with a serious facial expression and her hand to her chin Dermal fillers are injectable gels that smooth wrinkles, define facial contours, plump thin lips, and restore lost volume beneath the skin. They are some of the most popular cosmetic treatments today because they are convenient and involve little to no downtime. 

What Dermal Fillers Are Made Of

Dermal filling is most often the result of treatment from one of the following:

Hyaluronic acid is one of the most popular and commonly used injectables. Hyaluronic acid, or HA, is also found naturally in your body, in the joints, eyes, skin, and elsewhere. HA binds with water molecules and keeps tissues supple and lubricated. Juvederm and Restylane are hyaluronic acid fillers.

Hyaluronic acid adds volume when it is administered into the skin as a dermal filler. This volume not only smooths creases and wrinkles, it can also improve depressed scars.  When injected under the skin, the appearance of various hollows and shadows caused by the natural age-related loss of tissue under the skin is improved. In this way, fillers restore a refreshed, more youthful appearance. 

Am I A Candidate?

You may be a great candidate for dermal fillers if you want to address any of the following:

  • Nasolabial crease (extending from the outer corners of the nose down to the corners of the mouth)
  • Marionette lines (creases reaching from the corners of your mouth down to your chin)
  • Vertical creases above and below the upper and lower lips
  • Thin lips
  • Hollows and shadows across the face, especially around the cheeks, temples and chin, and dark circles under the eyes.
  • A weak chin
  • Stronger jawline

Hyaluronic acid fillers are a good option if you are interested in immediate results without surgery or downtime. For most of these injections, you will be able to get right back to your day after the appointment is complete. Many people like the convenience and simplicity of injectable dermal fillers.

Even though fillers are non-surgical, it’s really important to choose an experienced, qualified provider to minimize injection risks. Dr. Renuka Diwan has an extensive understanding of facial esthetics, anatomy and aging, and how the loss of volume changes the overall appearance of your face. She tailors results to your face and your goals, and makes sure the final results look naturally beautiful, never artificial or overdone.

Schedule a Dermal Filler Appointment

If you are interested in dermal fillers and want to schedule an appointment in Westlake, please call Cleveland’s Laser and Skin Surgery Center at 440-871-9832. Dr. Renuka Diwan will listen to your goals, examine your face, and describe all of the treatment options available to you.

BOTOX® Cosmetic vs. Juvederm®

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If you want to reduce the visible signs of aging, BOTOX® Cosmetic and Juvederm® can deliver fast, efficient results in different ways. BOTOX® Cosmetic is a neuromodulator that relaxes muscles that cause wrinkles through repeated, daily contractions. Juvederm is a dermal filler that restores volume and replenishes naturally occurring, skin-healing compounds.

At the Laser and Skin Surgery Center, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Renuka Diwan has nearly 30 years of experience helping her Cleveland patients attain radiant, youthful-looking skin. She can help diminish the visible signs of aging that you’re unhappy with. Read on to learn about the differences between BOTOX® Cosmetic and Juvederm, as well as how Dr. Diwan can use them to help you. Continue reading BOTOX® Cosmetic vs. Juvederm®

Mini-Facelift or Dermal Fillers: Which Do I Need?

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Time and gravity can take a toll on your face, leaving you with wrinkles, creases and sagging skin. Facial aging is a concern for many of Dr. Diwan’s patients, but how they choose to address it varies. While some patients prefer a mini-facelift, others find that dermal fillers are the better option. At The Laser & Skin Surgery Center, we strive to provide you with both surgical and non-surgical solutions so you can choose a treatment option that best meets your needs.
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Are You a Candidate for Sculptra®?

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With so many rejuvenation treatments to choose from, it can be hard to know which one is right for you. Performed at Cleveland’s Laser & Skin Surgery Center, treatment with Sculptra, a unique product that works deep within the skin and actually stimulates the body’s own collagen production, is a very successful method of correcting a tired, aging appearance.

Here are some of the reasons Sculptra might be right for you.

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