arkansas plastic surgery subscribe to our mailing list button

Facial Fillers

closeup of a womans face as she looks onward

View Photo Gallery

Get the lift you’ve been looking for with facial fillers, which treat signs of aging in a gentle and discreet way.

You can instantly smooth away facial wrinkles and lines with fillers.

Facial fillers, (PERLANE-L, RESTYLANE-L, JUVEDERM ULTRA, JUVEDERM ULTRA PLUS, PREVELLE, and RADIESSE), are a non-surgical approach to enhance the signs of aging. These products can be used to restore volume and fullness into the soft tissue of the face and to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as laugh lines, marionette lines, lipstick lines, and corners of the mouth.

How Do Facial Fillers Work?

As we age, the loss of subcutaneous fat just below the skin becomes more evident. Facial muscles work closer to the skin’s surface as this fat loss occurs, making wrinkles, crow’s feet, and smile lines more pronounced.

Facial fillers restore volume to the cheeks, smooth out wrinkles and bring a youthful vitality to the face. Results from using facial fillers can last a year or more, making them a very valuable option for patients seeking a more youthful appearance.

Fillers are usually formed from hyaluronic acid, a natural complex sugar found in all living cells and one of the major components of the dermis connective tissue, along with collagen and elastin. Hyaluronic acid (HA) retains water like a sponge, absorbing more than 1000 times its weight. This helps to attract and maintain water, hydrating your skin and increasing its volume and density. By combining lidocaine with the filler injections discomfort during the injection has been minimized.

Injections of fillers are a non-surgical option that may:

  • Smooth deep furrows and wrinkles
  • Restore volume to the cheeks and fullness to the lips
  • Fill in marionette lines and naso-labial folds around the mouth

In addition to smoothing wrinkles, facial fillers can be used to:

  • Plump up thin lips – Add shape, structure, and volume with fillers. Dermal filler treatments use hyaluronic acid which occurs naturally in the body and gives your lips a more natural look.
  • Correct facial lines and folds – Treat the corners of your mouth where laugh lines, lipstick lines, and marionette lines most often occur.

While results are not permanent, they can last up to a year, and possibly longer depending on the product. The dermal treatment process is relatively simple and can be done in less time than you think! When you come in for your treatment, the injection site is first cleaned with an antibacterial agent and then the injection is applied in only a few moments. After your treatment, you might have some swelling redness, pain, bruising, and tenderness. These are typically mild in severity and will normally last less than seven days.

If you are interested in facial fillers or have questions about this or other procedures, contact Arkansas Plastic Surgery today!

Frequently Asked Questions about Face Fillers

Dermal fillers, sometimes called “face fillers,” or “cheek fillers,” can make a significant cosmetic difference by providing a more rested and youthful look. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive about dermal fillers at Arkansas Plastic Surgery.

What are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are biocompatible gels that are injected beneath the skin’s surface to add volume, smooth the skin’s appearance, and to contour the face in a more youthful way.

What are dermal fillers made from?

Dermal fillers, or face fillers, are made from stabilized hyaluronic acid (HA) which the body also produces naturally. 

How do dermal fillers work?

When a dermal filler is injected, the hyaluronic acid attracts water. The resulting contour that it creates counteracts some of the sagging and wrinkling of skin that occurs naturally as we age.

How long do dermal fillers last?

Because dermal fillers are made from substances that our cells produce naturally, they are eventually reabsorbed into the body. Depending on what type of dermal fillers you receive, and the location where they are administered, you can expect your results to last anywhere from six months to two years.

Are dermal fillers safe?

At Arkansas Plastic Surgery, Dr. Bauer’s nurse, Amber Ward, only uses safe, proven dermal fillers made from hyaluronic acid which our body already creates. Because of this, the potential for an allergic reaction is minimized. Most side effects are injection-related reactions or, occasionally, bruising or swelling at the site. Contouring irregularities can occur, but are usually mitigated by massaging the area thoroughly. During your consultation, Amber will discuss any potential side effects, as well as evaluate your health, daily medications, and expectations to ensure you are a good candidate for the procedure.

Where can face fillers be used?

Dermal fillers are commonly used in the lips, nasolabial folds, nose, and cheeks to create definition, contour, and a more youthful appearance.

Are dermal fillers painful?

Amber uses very small, sterile needles, making the procedure safe and minimally invasive. In addition, a topical anesthetic ointment is used prior to the injections to minimize the discomfort and the dermal filler contains a local anesthetic as well.

How long does the procedure take?

The injections take approximately 30 minutes or less.

Can I return to work afterward?

Makeup can be applied immediately after the procedure, and you should have no problem returning to work right away.  Due to the risk of bruising or swelling fillers should not be injected prior to a major life event.

How soon can I see results?

Some results will be obvious immediately, but the results vary from person to person. Your results should continue to get better over a period of two to four weeks. If your wrinkles are very deep, for example, your results may take time and repeated treatments to become optimal.

Why Arkansas Plastic Surgery?

Amber has many years of experience with filler injections and is very knowledgeable with the different types of fillers and where they are best injected.  There are complications that can arise, particularly when inexperienced technicians or aestheticians perform the procedure. Amber’s skill and training greatly reduce the possibility of unexpected results or side effects.

Amber is an expert in this field and knows exactly how much and where to place dermal fillers so that you can achieve a natural, rejuvenated look. She will spend the time needed to answer your questions and determine if you truly are a good candidate for dermal fillers during a consultation. She will manage your expectations, and also provide excellent post-treatment care and follow up.

Ready to see if facial fillers can give you a more youthful look? Contact Arkansas Plastic Surgery for a consultation today!