Dermal fillers have quickly become the treatment of choice for patients interested in aging at their own pace. With minimal side effects, no downtime and long-lasting results, fillers allow for quick and easy anti-aging treatment. At Time 4 U Med Spa, we offer the entire family of Juvéderm® products to our patients, as well as Sculptra treatments. If fine lines and wrinkles, facial volume loss, or other common signs of aging have affected your self-confidence, schedule a consultation with Dr. Lisa Gulcher to learn how fillers can help you look your best.

What Are Fillers?

Dermal fillers are a type of injectable product that works to restore hydration and volume beneath the skin, resulting in reduced wrinkles, improved facial contours and an overall more youthful appearance. Most dermal fillers are formulated using hyaluronic acid, a naturally-occurring sugar molecule that holds up to 1,000 times its weight in water. Once injected beneath the skin, hyaluronic acid absorbs water and expands as it hydrates, eliminating facial creases and other unwanted signs of aging.

At Time 4 U Med Spa, Dr. Gulcher offers the Juvéderm family of injectable fillers to satisfy all of her patients’ needs. Dr. Gulcher also offers Sculptra®, a unique filler that uses poly-L-lactic acid to stimulate new collagen production for results that take more time to develop but last much longer. During your consultation, Dr. Gulcher will discuss all of your options and help you come to an informed decision about which filler is best for your desired results.

What Can Fillers Treat?

There are many different kinds of dermal fillers to address a wide variety of aesthetic concerns. As a whole, fillers are commonly used to treat:

  • Hollow or gaunt cheeks from volume loss
  • Lips that lack volume or definition
  • Hollow under-eyes or under-eye bags
  • Nasolabial folds (smile lines)
  • Marionette lines around the corners of the mouth
  • Perioral lines (smoker’s lines)
  • Chin wrinkles or dimples
  • An underdefined chin or jawline
  • Mild to moderate wrinkles and fine lines
  • Volume loss throughout the lower and mid-face

Who Is a Good Candidate for Fillers?

Good candidates for fillers are men and women interested in a minimally invasive method for counteracting volume loss and reducing the appearance of signs of aging. Most patients can successfully receive dermal filler treatments, including patients wishing to avoid cosmetic surgery and patients who have already undergone cosmetic surgery. Fillers can effectively provide a customizable amount of treatment, allowing patients to tailor their treatment to their specific needs.

Most fillers can only address mild to moderate signs of aging, although Sculptra has been shown to correct severe wrinkles for some patients. Patients with more severe amounts of facial sagging, volume loss or wrinkle formation may be better candidates for other treatments. Interested patients should have realistic expectations about their results. Dr. Gulcher can determine if fillers are right for addressing your needs during an in-person consultation.

Which Type of Filler Is Right for Me?

Every patient requires a unique treatment approach, and the wide variety of fillers available allow Dr. Gulcher to individualize every patient’s treatment.

  • Juvéderm Ultra XC: Targets mild to moderate facial wrinkles and provides subtle lip enhancement. Results last 12 months on average.
  • Juvéderm Ultra Plus XC: Targets deeper and more prominent wrinkles using a thicker consistency. Results last 12 months on average.
  • Juvéderm Vollure™: Reduces the appearance of marionette lines, nasolabial folds, smile lines and chin wrinkles. Results last 12 to 18 months on average.
  • Juvéderm Voluma®: Increases volume and definition in the cheeks, chin and jawline. Results last up to two years on average.
  • Juvéderm Volbella®: Eliminates vertical lip wrinkles and increases lip volume and definition. Results last nine to 12 months on average.
  • Sculptra: Targets a wide variety of wrinkles throughout the face using a series of treatments with gradual results. Results last one to three years on average.

What Should I Expect During My Treatment?

During your treatment, Dr. Gulcher will discuss your concerns and create a treatment plan that utilizes the best product for delivering smooth and even results. A topical anesthetic may be applied at the start of treatment to provide a numbing effect, although most fillers are formulated with lidocaine to actively numb the treatment area during injection. Once any numbing cream has been applied and the treatment sites have been chosen, Dr. Gulcher will begin administering the filler to the desired areas using a series of injections.

Most filler appointments last just 15 to 30 minutes, and patients are free to immediately return to work or other normal activities.

What Are the Potential Side Effects?

Fillers are a gentle and nonsurgical anti-aging treatment option that produces minimal side effects. Commonly, patients experience a small amount of swelling, bruising, redness and tenderness around the treatment areas. Dr. Gulcher’s skill and experience as a board-certified injector minimize the risk of bruising and other unwanted side effects. Patients may experience some minor swelling for up to a week, and ice can be used as needed to prevent excessive puffiness. Any bruising may be covered up with makeup as desired.

Do Fillers Require Any Downtime?

Filler appointments do not require any downtime, allowing patients to resume their normal schedules immediately following their treatment. Some patients may wish to avoid going out in public for 24 to 48 hours due to visible side effects, however. Patients can resume exercise and other strenuous activities as soon as they feel comfortable doing so.

What Kind of Results Can Be Expected?

Following a traditional dermal filler appointment, patients can enjoy an immediate improvement in their facial contours and a noticeable reduction in prominent signs of aging. Swelling and bruising will temporarily affect results, however, so most patients tend to look best about three to seven days following their appointment.

Sculptra results will take longer to become visible. Patients may not notice any improvement for the first few weeks, although results will continue to develop following each treatment. Dr. Gulcher can discuss all specifics with you and lay out a timeline for results during your consultation.

How Long Do Results Last?

The duration of results will vary based on the specific filler used and how quickly the patient’s body breaks down the hyaluronic acid. Juvéderm products typically last nine to 18 months, while Sculptra’s results can last up to three years. Patients should plan on scheduling regular maintenance appointments to ensure their results are long-lasting. Most patients come in at least once per year to maintain their youthful results.

Restore Your Youthful Features at Time 4 U Med Spa

At Time 4 U Med Spa, helping you look and feel your best is our priority. If wrinkles, volume loss and other unwanted signs of aging have left you feeling like a stranger in your own skin, schedule a consultation with Dr. Gulcher. She will create a personalized treatment plan that complements your unique vision. Call us today to book your filler appointment and learn more.