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Our skins produce lower levels of elastin and collagen as we age, leading to wrinkles and lines, sunken cheeks, and thinner lips. In addition, we also lose necessary fat in our face resulting in a visible loss of volume and deflated appearance. These imperfections can worsen the signs of aging and even cause embarrassment. Luckily, various cosmetic procedures can help you replenish your facial appearance to maintain a refreshed, more youthful look. Dermal fillers are highly effective facial cosmetic treatments for individuals who are looking to address facial aesthetic concerns without going through the downtime of surgery. These treatments are injected into the face to replace or add volume and fullness. They work as a cushion that fills in the links, folds, and wrinkles, helping alleviate the signs of aging and increase your self-esteem and self-confidence.

Soft tissue fillers are the second most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedure. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reported that in 2018, there were more than 2.6 million dermal filler procedures in the United States alone. Up to 92% of patients who receive a dermal filler treatment are satisfied with the result of the procedure. It is important to work with a highly experienced plastic surgeon in order to attain the best possible outcome from your facial filler.

Your Dermal Filler Specialist in Houston, Texas

Houston, TX plastic surgeon Dr. Christian Arroyo offers soft tissue fillers to patients in his Houston and West Houston backyard, as well as surrounding Texas cities of River Oaks, Bellaire, Katy, Memorial, Briarforest, Sugarland, Pearland, Kingwood, Jacinto City, Galena Park, Pasadena, Cloverleaf, Aldine, Spring, the Woodlands, and more. With his extensive experience and a rather unique aesthetic eye, the surgeon’s goal with this nonsurgical treatment is to restore volume and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles to give his patients that refreshed, youthful look they’re looking for. Dr. Arroyo understands that the needs of different people are unique and goes out of his way to create a customized Filler treatment plan for each patient.

Am I a Good Candidate for a Facial Filler?

Dermal fillers are products that are created from substances such as hyaluronic acid, poly-l-lactic acid, and collagen which are naturally occurring products in your body. They are injected into the skin to improve the appearance of creases and wrinkles, raise depressed scars, and add volume to the cheeks and lips. You may be an ideal candidate for a soft tissue filler treatment if:

  • You are physically and emotionally healthy
  • You have deepening furrows or have lost volume on areas of the face
  • You desire fuller lips and bigger cheeks
  • You wish to eliminate fine lines and creases that are a result of aging
  • You are committed to maintaining good skin health and have realistic expectations about the outcome of this treatment

Keep in mind that this minimally invasive cosmetic treatment is not for pregnant women and individuals who smoke or have a history of severe allergies. Once you visit Dr. Arroyo’s plastic surgery center in Houston TX, the surgeon will carefully listen to your wishes, concerns and answer all your questions. Dr. Arroyo will also study your medical and allergen history before letting you know whether dermal fillers are for you.

Treatment Areas

Cosmetic dermal fillers are commonly used to add volume to the skin and improve a wide variety of facial features. Dr. Arroyo and his team may use this non-invasive treatment to plump the lips and cheeks. Fillers are also used to alleviate acne scars, aging hands, facial scars, flattened cheeks, frown lines, facial wasting, small lips, marionette lines, soft creases and wrinkles, nasolabial folds, hollowed-out temples, lipstick lines, and dark circles. The surgeon will carefully examine your problem areas and map out a customized non-surgical treatment plan to suit your needs.

Dermal filler options

Dr. Christian Arroyo offers a variety of injectable filler cosmetic treatments to suit the needs and goals of different patients:

Juvederm

This type of dermal filler is created from hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance that gives skin volume, moisture, and elasticity. In addition, hyaluronic acid injections boost the production of collagen in the skin. Juvederm treatments are available in different versions meant for use on different parts of the face. For example, Juvederm Voluma XC is a great dermal filler for adding youthful contours to the cheeks. This particular version will also smooth-out lines around the nose and mouth. Juvederm Ultra XC is great for plumping out the lips, while Juvederm Volbella XC will soften vertical lip lines. The majority of Juvederm injections come infused with a lidocaine anesthetic to minimize discomfort during and after treatment. Keep in mind that a single Juvederm treatment will last from 6-18 months as the body slowly absorbs the material. After this, you will need another injection to maintain the result of this treatment.

Restylane

Like Juvederm, this type of injectable filler is created from hyaluronic acid. Restylane facial injections are designed to treat a number of facial cosmetic problems, including wrinkles and folds. A type of this filler known as Restylane Lyft comes with a thicker gel and is used to alleviate severe folds and wrinkles, as well as replenish lost volume in the cheeks, or back of the hands. A single session of Restylane can last for 6-18 months, depending on the area of treatment.

Radiesse

This is a soft tissue filler that is used to alleviate moderate to severe creases on the face. Radiesse is also widely used to plump up the cheeks and improve facial contouring. This dermal filler is created from calcium hydroxylapatite, a type of mineral that’s present in human bones and teeth. The calcium particles are mixed with a gel-like solution and injected under the skin to improve facial aesthetics. Keep in mind that the result of a single Radiesse injection will last for one year or more.

Sculptra

This is a dermal filler that is based on poly-L-lactic acid, a synthetic compound that encourages the production of collagen. For this reason, it will take a number of different treatments separated out over 4-6 weeks before results are obvious. Sculptra is commonly used to build up the cheeks, fill sunken or hollow areas in the face, and boost skin thickness in order to improve the appearance of lines and folds. This soft tissue filler will last up to two years once the first session has been administered.

Dr. Arroyo has mastery of the different types of facial fillers. Before the session, the surgeon will take you through all the available options (as well as their pros and cons) and help you select the best alternative to suit your aesthetic goals.

Treatment Approach

During your facial filler treatment, a thorough discussion of your wishes takes place and a customized plan is created, paying attention to every detail. Dr. Arroyo will then completely numb the area to help increase your comfort throughout the session. Whereas the experience in most other centers involves some degree of pain, Dr Arroyo prides himself in providing painless filler treatments. The next step is to inject the selected filler under your skin using very fine needles. Your surgeon will take special care (based on an understanding of facial anatomy) to focus on the proper areas in order to achieve the desired result. The whole session will take between 30-60 minutes to complete. Immediately after the cosmetic filler treatment, patients are able to resume work and routine daily activities. Your face may feel swollen with discoloration but this typically dissipates within a day or so. The result of the treatment will manifest gradually as the treatment area recovers and the injected filler gets to work.

What is the cost of injectable fillers in Houston

The cost of an injectable filler in Houston can vary between $500 to $6000 depending on the extensiveness of the treatment. Health insurers typically do not pay for elective cosmetic procedures such as facial fillers. Get in touch with Dr. Arroyo’s office to learn how much you can expect to pay for this treatment, and to make plans for your “drive-through” session.

Dermal Filler FAQ

Dermal filler vs BOTOX

BOTOX and dermal fillers are similar in that they are both designed to make you look more vibrant and youthful. However, there are certain differences in how these approaches work. BOTOX is a protein-based substance that works by relaxing and facial muscles in order to loosen folds, wrinkles, and lines. It may take several BOTOX injections before you can start seeing results. Dermal fillers, on the other hand, are purified substances that are injected below the skin in order to add lost volume, plump up the skin, and promote collagen production. Patients can see results almost immediately after a dermal filler treatment and will only need another injection after the current one has worn off.

Are dermal fillers safe

Dermal fillers are a popular choice for minimally invasive facial rejuvenation. Dr. Arroyo makes sure to only use FDA-approved fillers whose safety is above board. The surgeon will also take the time to administer the treatment in the most appropriate locations in order to ensure a pleasing, balanced outcome. Keep in mind that filler injections should only be administered in a medical setting by a skilled professional. Self-administering a dermal filler can lead to amplified cosmetic imperfections and a variety of other complications.

Can dermal fillers be removed if I am dissatisfied with the result?

Some dermal fillers such as Juvederm, Belotero, and Restylane that are based on hyaluronic acid may be dissolved (at least to some degree) if you are not entirely happy with the outcome of the treatment. This typically entails injecting an enzyme known as hyaluronidase in order to dissolve the existing dermal filler. It is important to work with a highly experienced plastic surgeon or injection specialist in order to minimize the risk of unpleasant outcomes with this treatment.