Your goal is simple: achieve a fuller, more youthful face. But with treatment options ranging from Botox to chemical peels to facelifts, it can be challenging to choose the right treatment for your needs. We’re breaking down the basics about one of our most popular nonsurgical treatments: derma fillers.

So what are fillers, anyway?

Derma Fillers

injectable fillerAs people age, their skin begins to lose that youthful glow. This is due to both external stresses and the skin’s natural decrease of collagen and elastin production. Skin cells become thinner, drier, and less elastic, causing the formation of wrinkles. Outside stresses like sun exposure, smoking, and a poor diet can speed the aging process. Derma fillers replenish hydraulic acid, a naturally-occurring element in the skin that helps cells retain moisture. When hydraulic acid is injected into specific areas of the face, it smooths wrinkles and creates a fuller, more youthful appearance. Derma fillers like Juvederm target fine lines and wrinkles on the face, while fillers like Restylane Silk are more commonly used to plump areas that have lost volume over time, such as the lips.

Preparing for Facial Fillers

Derma fillers are a quick, low-risk procedure with results that can last over a year. The procedure itself takes less than an hour and has minimal recovery (some patients experience slight bruising or swelling). The goal of derma fillers is to subtly enhance natural beauty, leaving friends to say, “Wow, you look great today! What’s different?” To prepare for your injectable fillers appointment:

  • Follow all instructions given by Dr. Brantner
  • Keep the office staff updated on your current health and medications
  • Stop taking NSAIDS, Aspirin, excessive Vitamin E, and St. John’s Wart for 2 weeks prior to your appointment
  • Avoid alcohol for 24 before your appointment

To make an appointment with Dr. Brantner, call Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Johnson City, TN.

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