What are Dermal Fillers?

Woman receiving dermal filler injections
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.