Inland Empire, CA
We can all remember the day we looked in the mirror and spotted that first wrinkle or two; for most of us, it was the first time that our appearance didn’t quite match the way we felt about ourselves.
But not all is lost; you do have the power to turn back the hands of time with dermal fillers, a nonsurgical way to target the most frustrating signs of aging. Dermal fillers are completely non-surgical, but they can target a wide variety of wrinkles, restore volume to parts of the face that have hollowed or become gaunt, and even plump the lips.
The Science of Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers are essentially soft, smooth gels that are injected under the skin to restore volume and fullness to the face. Many dermal fillers are made out of hyaluronic acid, a substance that helps keep the skin firm and nourished, but all dermal fillers are made out of substances that are based on natural body fluids. Dermal fillers often have unique formulas that give them different qualities; smoother, softer gels are often more appropriate for delicate areas like the lips, while sturdier gels are more optimal for lifting larger areas.
Dr. Machida’s patients will get to choose between Radiesse®, Juvéderm®, Restylane®, and Sculptra® for their rejuvenation treatment. Dr. Machida will consider the patient’s aesthetic goals and unique anatomy before helping patients choose the right filler or combination of dermal fillers.
The Ideal Candidates for Dermal Fillers
The ideal candidates for dermal fillers are patients who:
- Are in relatively good health
- Don’t smoke (or are at least willing to quit 1-2 weeks before the treatment)
- Have realistic expectations for what dermal fillers can do
- Have mild to moderate signs of aging
- Don’t mind a regular treatment regimen
Dermal fillers are safe for patients of all skin tones, and many of them are FDA-approved for patients 21 and older.
How Dermal Fillers Are Administered
As remarkable as dermal fillers might be, what really matters is who’s performing your procedure. At Second to Creation, your dermal fillers will be performed by Dr. Machida, a renowned facial plastic surgery specialist from the Inland Empire.
Before each treatment, Dr. Machida will evaluate your facial structure and determine the best sites to inject each dermal filler. He might also take photographs and mark the injection sites to make sure his injections are as accurate as possible.
Then, your face will be cleansed with an antiseptic. To make sure the patient is as comfortable as possible, Dr. Machida will apply a local anesthetic to the treatment area or give a local anesthetic shot to numb the area. The anesthetic shots are quite tolerable, and they’ll prevent the patient from feeling any kind of pain.
Dr. Machida will then administer the dermal fillers, making sure to make the injection as painless as possible. After each injection, Dr. Machida will massage the injected area and apply additional volumes of the filler as needed.
The entire treatment takes around 15 minutes to an hour to complete, depending on the number of injection sites. Once you’ve attained your desired results, you’ll have the markings cleaned off and you’ll be able to go back to your daily errands or even go back to work.
Some patients experience swelling, bruising, and soreness in the injection sites after the treatment. These side effects are only temporary, but Dr. Machida will provide an ice pack to help with the swelling or discomfort. The sites of injection will feel tender for 1-2 days, but many patients get by without any need for medication.
Dermal fillers are remarkably advanced treatments, but they still need to be delivered by an experienced, artistic hand. To have your treatment performed by a true facial plastic surgery expert, contact Second to Creation in the Inland Empire now for a consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dermal Fillers
Some side effects from dermal fillers might include swelling, bruising, and soreness. These side effects are temporary, and they should dissipate after a few days. If you got lip injections, it might take a few more days for the swelling and bruising to go down.
You’ll see an immediate improvement after your treatment with fillers, but you should also take the side effects into consideration. You’ll experience some swelling and bruising after your treatment, but once that subsides in a few days, your full results should emerge.
Although they’re both injectables, dermal fillers and BOTOX® are incredibly different—enough that they complement each other and are often used together. BOTOX® is commonly used for expression lines—the wrinkles that result from years of facial movement. Dermal fillers are more for static lines—the wrinkles that appear even when the face is at rest.
A dermal filler can last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years—it all depends on the filler’s specific formula. Dermal fillers are temporary because they’re made out of natural substances and they’re eventually absorbed by the body. For the best results, Dr. Machida can help you plan out a schedule and recommend the best times to get a new round of injections.
Brian K. Machida, MD, FACS
Located in the Heart of Inland Empire
Restored Faces…Transformed Lives. Excellence, experience, caring, professionalism, and amazing results are all part of the experience you’ll receive as part of your incredible experience at STC Plastic Surgery