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What are Dermal Fillers?

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Dermal fillers can address numerous facial cosmetic issues from wrinkles to fine lines to loss of volume. They can help restore a youthful, vigorous appearance to your face and improve the health of your skin.

At Advanced Dermatology and Laser Institute of Seattle, Dr. Steven Greene has more than 25 years of experience helping his patients revitalize their appearance. He and his team continually educate themselves on the latest dermatological treatments and techniques so they can give you the best possible results. Read on to learn more about what dermal fillers are, how they work, and the dermal filler options that Dr. Greene and his team offer.

What are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are injectable treatments, usually made of a gel-like substance, that can diminish the appearance of facial lines and restore volume and fullness to your face.

More than 1 million people in the United States get dermal fillers every year. They are an excellent non-invasive, non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatment for people who don’t want to undergo a facelift or other surgical procedure.

What Can Dermal Fillers Do?

Dermal fillers can treat numerous adverse signs of facial aging, including:

  • Fine wrinkles
  • Marionette lines
  • Frown lines
  • Crow’s feet
  • Loss of facial volume
  • Circles under the eyes
  • Loss of lip volume
  • Laugh lines
  • Jowl reduction
  • Jawline contouring

How Do Dermal Fillers Work?

Two naturally occurring compounds in your skin help it retain its volume, elasticity, and youthful appearance:

  • Collagen: Collagen is one of the most plentiful proteins in your body. It is essential to helping your skin maintain its elasticity and keeping it wrinkle-free. If you stretch a bit of your skin and watch it snap back into place, that’s collagen in action. The protein also helps your skin heal from wounds and injuries.
  • Hyaluronic acid: This is a clear, gelatinous substance that holds water to help keep your skin voluminous and hydrated. A molecule of hyaluronic acid can hold a thousand times its weight in water. It continually moisturizes your skin throughout the day.

Your body’s production of these substances decreases as you age. Starting in your mid-20s, you make about 1 percent less per year. This never picks back up again on its own. The decline in collagen and hyaluronic acid production is a massive cause of the visible signs of aging. Other factors that can degrade collagen and hyaluronic acid include:

  • Exposure to ultraviolet rays
  • Smoking

Many of the dermal fillers we offer at Advanced Dermatology and Laser Institute of Seattle are made of hyaluronic acid. They are also designed to stimulate collagen production in the injection sites, thereby reducing the appearance of wrinkles and giving your skin a more youthful appearance.

What Dermal Fillers Does Advanced Dermatology and Laser Institute of Seattle Offer?

We provide numerous dermal filler treatments, including:

Contact Our Seattle Dermatologist Today

At Advanced Dermatology and Laser Institute of Seattle, Dr. Greene and his team have the experience and skills to help restore a youthful appearance to your face. We serve Seattle and nearby areas of Washington. Call (206) 402-4797 today to schedule a consultation.

Plump Your Pout with Lip Fillers in Seattle

Close up of a woman's full, plump lips after lip filler injections
If your lips are on the thinner side, whether due to age or genetics, you can plump them up with lip fillers. Unlike plumping lip glosses that may give you a tiny, temporary boost, lip fillers will give you dramatic, lasting results.

Fillers are considered the best way to plump up the lips because they’re longer-lasting than any topical product and much less invasive (and often give better results) than surgical lip implants. If you’re interested in volumizing your lips, call the Advanced Dermatology and Laser Institute of Seattle today at 206-402-4797 to schedule your consultation. More »

What is Prejuvenation?

Young woman who got prejuvenation treatments
You don’t suddenly start aging when you get your first wrinkle. Instead, aging is a process that begins long before its visible signs appear. This means that, if you wait until you’re middle-aged to start anti-aging treatments, you’re already decades behind. The best way to treat indications of aging is to prevent them.

This is where prejuvenation comes in. By beginning anti-aging treatments when the aging process actually starts, you can stay ahead of it and maintain a youthful, vigorous appearance as your peers wonder why you look so good.

At the Advanced Dermatology and Laser Institute of Seattle, Dr. Steven Greene is one of his field’s most respected practitioners. Read on to learn about the aging process and the range of treatments Dr. Greene offers to keep you looking young. More »

Rejuvenate Your Look with Dermal Fillers

Portrait of a beautiful blonde woman with plump lips and enhanced cheekbones after dermal filler treatment
Dermal fillers can help to restore volume to the face and hands, and are great for subtle, natural rejuvenation. Plump your pout, smooth your lines, enhance your cheekbones, and more with our broad range of fillers.

If you’re interested in improving your appearance through dermal fillers, don’t hesitate to contact the Advanced Dermatology and Laser Institute of Seattle today at 206-402-4797 to schedule your appointment.

What Can Dermal Fillers Do for You?

Dermal fillers are excellent for achieving a variety of results, including:

  • Plumping and shaping thin lips
  • Adding volume to the cheekbones or temples
  • Enhancing the chin
  • Smoothing nasolabial folds and lip lines
  • Reducing the appearance of dark circles under the eyes

Strategic use of fillers can help to create more youthful, harmonious facial features. Dr. Greene and our estheticians have extensive experience creating beautiful, natural results. We aim to enhance your natural features, not make you over into someone else.

We take particular care not to “overfill” any targeted area, and we work very closely with you to make sure you are happy with your results.

Types of Dermal Fillers We Offer

We offer many different types of fillers in order to target specific areas in the best way possible. Not all fillers are the same, so we take care to choose the ones that are best suited for your desired results. A softer, more malleable filler will be better for delicate, precise work such as filling under eye circles, while a firmer filler will be better for lifting the cheeks or sharpening the chin.

Dermal fillers that we offer include:

  • Juvederm
  • Restylane
  • Belotero Balance
  • Radiesse
  • Sculptra
  • Voluma

Each of these has their own benefits, and we will be happy to discuss which ones are best for you during your consultation.

What Is a Dermal Filler Procedure Like?

Dermal filler injections are not painful. You may experience some minor discomfort, but most patients find the procedure very tolerable. Depending on how many areas you are having treated, a dermal filler treatment can take anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes.

You may experience some minor side effects following treatment, such as:

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Tenderness

These do not last long, though. Typically, any side effects clear up within a day or two. Lip injections may result in a longer period of swelling, but you can manage it with ice and keeping your head elevated. Any noticeable bruising can be covered with makeup.

Combining Dermal Fillers with Other Cosmetic Treatments

Dermal fillers can be combined with other treatments for a “liquid facelift” that turns the clock back on your appearance with no need for incisions or anesthesia. Popular procedures that patients like to combine with fillers include:

We’ll discuss your concerns in detail during your consultation, and come up with the best treatment plan to reach your goals.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

If you’re interested in dermal fillers, contact the Advanced Dermatology and Laser Institute of Seattle at 206-402-4797 to schedule your consultation today. We serve patients in Seattle and surrounding areas.

How Does Juvéderm® Work?

Woman Touching Face in Mirror
Juvéderm® is a dermal filler designed to temporarily treat signs of facial aging in men and women. Made with a naturally occurring substance, it smooths and plumps for results that can last up to two years. In recent years, Juvéderm has become increasingly popular due to its ability to achieve beautiful, natural-looking results with minimal downtime.
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What Can Injectables and Dermal Fillers Do for Me?

Woman Getting Injectables and Dermal Fillers at Advanced Dermatology and Laser Institute of SeattleMaybe your friend just got BOTOX® Cosmetic, or perhaps you recently read about dermal fillers in your favorite magazine. Whatever the case, you’ve heard the hype and are now wondering how injectables and dermal fillers can benefit your skin. At Advanced Dermatology and Laser Institute of Seattle, we offer several non-surgical options to reduce the signs of aging, improve your skin tone and contour your face for a glowing, more youthful look.
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