Dermal Fillers

Can Fillers Get Rid of a Double Chin?

Dermal fillers can work wonders on a number of cosmetic concerns, but they cannot eliminate a double chin. Extra fullness below the chin is a common complaint among men and women, especially patients entering their middle-aged years.

What causes a double chin? There are many factors, but the primary is a layer of excess fat that creates the illusion of a second chin.

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You don’t have to be overweight to struggle with submental fullness, however. Mature and aging skin is looser, and can mimic the effect of a double chin. Your facial structure and genetic predisposition will also play a role in under-chin fullness.

Fortunately, many patients are excellent candidates for a non-invasive approach to double chin removal. Kybella is an FDA-approved injectable that dissolves submental fat without surgery or any downtime.

How does Kybella work?

Kybella is made up of a synthetic deoxycholic acid – a compound that breaks down and absorbs dietary fat. When injected under the chin, Kybella destroys fat cells, which gradually dissolve over time. Over a period of weeks, patients will begin to notice a more contoured chin and jawline.

How many sessions do I need?

Everyone’s anatomy and aesthetic goals are different. Our dermatologists will determine the number of Kybella treatments needed for optimal results. Most of our patients benefit from 3-6 Kybella treatments, spaced four weeks apart.

Will Kybella produce the results you desire?

If you are self-conscious about excess fat under the chin, and do not have significant skin laxity or muscle sagging, then Kybella double chin removal may be a suitable option. Keep in mind that this injectable has no skin tightening effect, nor does it lift muscle. Kybella does not restore volume either. Its sole purpose is to eliminate stubborn fat cells that can accumulate under the chin.

Can fillers make my chin appear smaller?

If your main objective is to reduce the size of a double chin, dermal fillers are not the solution. These cosmetic injectables are used to reshape and contour facial features for better harmony. Jaw and neckline contouring with facial fillers can provide a subtle lifting effect along with a more youthful look. By restoring lost volume, they add structure and can improve the appearance of sagging jowls that may look like submental fullness. Fillers are versatile compounds that are effective for creating facial balance. In some patients, this effect can make a chin look more proportionate, but generally not smaller.

Kybella indications

Kybella cannot correct a double chin that is caused – or compounded — by sagging skin and loose neck muscle. These concerns are best addressed with a surgical neck lift or other treatment options.

Those who are candidates for this double chin injectable are rewarded with permanent results since the fat cells are completely eliminated.

Double chin removal in Dallas

To learn more about non-surgical double chin treatment or facial sculpting with fillers, schedule your Dallas dermatology appointment today. We look forward to helping you achieve your cosmetic goals.

Guide to Injectable Dermal Fillers

Volume loss in facial tissue is a normal part of the aging process. Decreased levels of collagen cause skin laxity and sagging. As underlying tissues thin out, wrinkles, creases, and hollows become more noticeable.

In the context of non-surgical facial rejuvenation, dermal fillers have become the gold standard treatment for smoothing lines, restoring fullness, and improving contours. These gel-like injectables are incredibly versatile and can be used to correct asymmetry, fill in scars, sculpt jawlines, and plump up areas that have lost fat and volume.

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There are several FDA-approved cosmetic fillers used here at our Dallas dermatology office. Each varies in terms of fullness and consistency, and some products even stimulate collagen growth for long-term improvements.

Facial fillers have become increasingly specialized, providing more ways to fine-tune treatments according to patient goals.

What are dermal fillers made of?

All cosmetic fillers restore volume and fill in sunken areas, but they can vary in their formulation and method of action. Let’s take a look at the active ingredients in today’s dermal fillers.

Hyaluronic acid fillers

Dermal fillers made with hyaluronic acid (HA) can create nuanced results. Hyaluronic acid is a sugar molecule that naturally occurs in the body. It attracts water and keeps the skin hydrated. HA-based fillers typically last between 6 and 12 months and are utilized to minimize lines and wrinkles, plump up facial folds, and bring structure and support. This type of filler is often used to enhance lip size, correct nasolabial folds and under-eye hollows, and re-volumize sunken cheeks.

Hyaluronic acid fillers include the following products:

  • Restylane products: Restylane, Restylane Silk, Restylane Lyft, Restylane Refyne, Restylane Defyne, Restylane Kysse, Restylane Contour
  • Juvéderm products: Juvéderm XC, VOLUMA, VOLBELLA, VOLLURE

Calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) fillers

Calcium hydroxylapatite is another naturally-occurring compound that is primarily found in our bones. The tiny calcium particles integrate into the skin and create a scaffolding effect whilst also triggering the production of collagen. Calcium hydroxylapatite fillers are thicker and generally used to correct deeper creases and folds. Radiesse is the only approved filler in this category.

Injections can produce dramatic results for softening chin wrinkles, marionette lines, pre-jowl folds, and smile lines. The FDA also approved Radiesse for hand rejuvenation, as it improves the look of boney and veiny hands.

Poly-L-lactic acid fillers

Poly-L-lactic acid is a known collagen stimulator. While the substance is not produced by our bodies, it is biocompatible and has been safely used for years in medical devices. Sculptra Aesthetic is the only FDA-approved filler comprised of poly-L-lactic acid. Sculptra injections can replenish volume loss in deeper facial folds, and the results can last up to two years. The final results are gradual, since it takes weeks for the body to produce new collagen.

Sculptra is a great rejuvenating option even as a one-off treatment, thanks to its mechanism of action.

Get the look you want

When administered by qualified hands, dermal fillers can provide beautiful, natural-looking results. Find out which injectable is right for you. Book your Dallas Dermatology appointment today.

Does Sculptra Improve Skin Texture?

Sculptra has many anti-aging benefits, but can this injectable improve skin texture too? The answer is an unequivocal yes! A few key injections of this dermal filler can provide measurable results in terms of skin smoothness.

Sculptra triggers collagen production

How does this poly-L-Lactic acid-based injectable improve skin texture? By activating the skin’s natural collagen production. Collagen is a protein that provides the skin’s structural framework. Think of it as scaffolding that keeps laxity and sagging at bay.

A healthy level of collagen keeps the skin plump and elastic, associated with a more youthful appearance. By triggering collagen synthesis, a Sculptra treatment indirectly improves textural irregularities since the volumizing effects are emphasized on the surface of the skin. In addition, the filler diminishes roughness by plumping up underlying tissues that essentially stretch out the epidermis.

Collagen loss ramps up rapidly with age. With each passing year, the skin has less underlying support to counteract the effects of gravity, sun exposure, and time. Sculptra not only restores the skin’s building blocks but also replenishes lost volume, helping to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles for a more even and radiant complexion.

Long-lasting improvements

Because Sculptra gradually rebuilds the skin’s underlying infrastructure, this injectable treatment offers long-lasting results compared to other popular fillers. You can expect to maintain your “Sculptra Glow” for at least two years–sometimes longer. It won’t happen overnight but will gradually appear over the coming weeks and months. Once you have achieved your desired cosmetic goals, we recommend Sculptra injections every 1 to 2 years to maintain results and healthy collagen levels.

A versatile dermal filler

Dermatologists use Sculptra to reverse signs of aging, improve skin texture, and rejuvenate sun-damaged and wrinkled skin. This versatile injectable is also used to lift the buttocks without surgery or downtime. Targeted injections enhance the shape and size of your derriere and promise natural-looking results.

Sculptra jump-starts collagen development and improves the common complaints associated with mature skin. For example, it can contour a sagging jawline, minimize the appearance of creases and folds, and lift loose skin around the upper knees and arms.

Whether you’re interested in a non-surgical facelift with Sculptra or simply want a low-maintenance treatment for improving texture, you can arrange a Dallas dermatology appointment to explore your options.

Schedule your Sculptra consultation

Wondering if you’re a good candidate for this unique dermal filler? A private consultation with our experienced dermatologists will determine if Sculptra is the right treatment to address your specific concerns.

Dallas Dermatology Partners is dedicated to helping patients look and feel their best utilizing the latest minimally invasive injectables and technologies. Contact us today to schedule your Sculptra consultation in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

What Is Chin Filler?

Are you self-conscious about a weak chin or wish you had a better balance in your facial features? Chin filler can be used to correct a number of common concerns and is gaining popularity among our male patients. Before dermal fillers became available, implant surgery was the only way to sculpt the jawline and improve chin shape, size, and projection.

Here at Dallas Dermatology Partners, we can give you a more defined, aesthetically pleasing profile in just minutes using injectable fillers such as Radiesse, Restylane, and Juvederm Voluma. Chin filler treatment is so successful because it is customized to address your specific goals. We select the right product and dose to deliver visible improvements without pain or downtime.

What does chin filler do?

Chin filler is usually composed of hyaluronic acid—a biocompatible substance that our body naturally produces. A few targeted injections can create projection, improve contours, fill in dimples and clefts, and create better facial symmetry.

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Am I a good candidate for chin filler?

You may be a great candidate for a non-surgical chin augmentation with dermal filler if you want to:

  • Correct or improve jawline symmetry
  • Improve chin height, width, and projection
  • Enhance the balance of facial features
  • Correct dimples, a cleft chin, and uneven chins
  • Strengthen the appearance of a recessed chin

Why is chin filler for men so popular?

Chin filler injections are a much safer alternative to invasive surgery, with the advantage of zero downtime. Men who want to improve their jawline silhouette, fix asymmetry, or create a more masculine profile can achieve natural results without going under the knife.

Is cleft chin filler painful?

Many dermal fillers contain lidocaine, a local anesthetic, so there is minimal discomfort during the procedure. A topical numbing cream is also available. Patients can expect a pricking sensation during the injections, which only last a few minutes.

What are possible side effects?

The most common side effects after chin dimple filler are swelling around the injection site, tenderness, and bruising. The swelling normally resolves in a couple of days as the filler settles. More serious risks like infection can be mitigated by having the treatment with a board-certified dermatologist who is highly experienced in administering cosmetic injectables.

What results can I expect after chin filler?

Most chin fillers will produce immediate results, giving you a stronger profile and better lower facial definition. However, some injectable products may take a few days to show initial changes with continued improvements over the following weeks.

How long does chin enhancement filler last?

Results will depend on the filler for the chin, the dose, and your metabolism. Most chin enhancements with filler will last anywhere from 9 to 16 months.

Non-surgical chin augmentation in Dallas

Chin fillers are an excellent option for men and women looking to boost their confidence without going under the knife. Explore your options for a more sculpted chin and book your Dallas Dermatology appointment today.

Is Sculptra a Liquid Facelift? How Long Does It Last?

Cosmetic injectables have transformed the landscape of anti-aging skincare. Dermal fillers make it possible to turn back the clock by addressing volume loss, smoothing out deep folds, and adding contour and definition where needed. Sculptra is the injectable of choice for many dermatologists when it comes to full facial rejuvenation.

In our practice at Dallas Dermatology Partners, Sculptra has been dubbed the liquid facelift because it does something other fillers don’t– triggers the body’s own collagen synthesis. This is important if you’re over 30 because collagen levels decline every year. It provides the structural framework beneath the skin and keeps us looking youthful and fresh.

Does Sculptra Lift the face?

Yes, Sculptra lifts the face by replenishing volume and kick-starting collagen production for supple and elastic skin. Each Sculptra treatment is designed to correct deep facial folds, wrinkles, creases, and sagging contours. Does a Sculptra facelift offer comparable results to a surgical facelift? Not exactly. The two procedures address different concerns.

A surgical facelift removes excess skin but does not restore volume to the nasolabial folds, temples, cheeks, or tear troughs. Sculptra does not correct skin laxity. Instead, it gives natural-looking volume where fat has been lost. In addition, it has the added bonus of improving skin texture and fine lines, unlike a surgical facelift.

Although there is a small degree of residual plumping after Sculptra injections, major improvements become visible over the following months– as collagen levels gradually increase. Most patients see full results within 6 months of their initial Sculptra facelift.

Sculptra Liquid Facelift

Sculptra for face lifting generally takes 30-45 minutes, depending on the areas of skin being injected and the desired outcome.

The induction of collagen production delivers outstanding results for:

  • Adding contours to a sagging jawline
  • Addressing concave temples
  • Volumizing hollows in the tear troughs
  • Lifting and enhancing the cheeks
  • Correcting marionette lines and deep folds
  • Smoothing fine wrinkles
  • Improving skin texture

How Long Does a Liquid Facelift Last?

Sculptra really shines in longevity. A sculptra liquid facelift can last more than two years, which is considerably longer than most hyaluronic acid-based fillers.

Since it activates collagen production over time, this injectable adds youthful volume in a subtle way and doesn’t look overdone. Patients can expect natural, beautiful, and long-lasting results.

Complementary Rejuvenating Treatments

Sculptra may be combined with other minimally invasive rejuvenating treatments, such as Botox injections or RF microneedling to deliver maximum improvements without the risks or expense of a surgical facelift.

Sculptra Liquid Face Lift in Dallas

A Sculptra facelift produces gradual enhancements overtime for a rested and more youthful appearance. Have more questions about this cosmetic injectable? Schedule a Dallas dermatology appointment to find out if a liquid facelift with Sculptra is right for you. Our office is centrally located and serves residents throughout Dallas, Richardson, Plano, Addison and Frisco.

Can Fillers Fix Sagging Jowls?

The gradual loss of facial volume and skin elasticity are a natural part of aging. If you’ve noticed your jawline drooping prematurely, rest assured that you are not alone. Many men and women are genetically predisposed to developing jowls in mid-life.

If you want to minimize the appearance of mild to moderate jowls, dermal fillers are an excellent, non-surgical solution. Injected in key areas of the lower face, fillers add volume beneath the skin while adding definition to sagging jawlines.

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Kybella to the Jowls

Fillers for Sagging Jowls

Fillers for the lower face work by replenishing the skin’s own supply of hyaluronic acid. It binds to water molecules to give skin that plump, youthful look. Many of our patients who get cheek filler for jowls are impressed by the immediate, natural-looking results. Once injected, HA-based fillers recreate lost structure, counteract skin hollowness, and gently contour drooping jowls.

Dallas Dermatology Partners is thrilled to offer non-surgical jawline lifting and different fillers to help patients achieve their goals. Some of the most effective injectables include Juvéderm Voluma XC, Juvéderm Ultra XC, and Restylane Defyne. Like the Juvéderm family of fillers, Restylane is composed of hyaluronic acid.

Your dermatologist can determine the best filler to lift jowls depending on your skin laxity, problem areas, and aesthetic goals.

Sculptra Filler in Cheeks to Lift Jowls

Sculptra is another type of filler that restores volume– it is made of Poly-L-lactic that stimulates collagen production. It addresses laxity and crepiness while lifting the cheeks and lower face.

The choice between hyaluronic acid fillers and Sculptra for lifting jowls typically boils down to the amount of volume restoration needed, your age, and the desired longevity of results. Depending on the products used, results can last anywhere from 12 months to 2+ years.

Filler for Jowls: Pre-Treatment Tips

It’s best to stop taking the following supplements one week before your filler treatment, as they have a blood-thinning effect.

  • Aspirin
  • Naproxyn
  • Ibuprofen
  • Vitamin E
  • Fish oil supplements
  • Gingko Biloba and Ginseng

A topical numbing cream may be applied during the procedure to increase comfort, but the entire treatment takes less than 25 minutes.

What to Expect Afterwards

Mild tenderness is to be expected after jowl filler treatment. Patients can resume normal activities, though it’s best to avoid strenuous exercise for a day or two. Minor bruising is normal, but this usually resolves along with residual swelling in a few days.

Instant results are one of the main benefits of filler for jowls here in our Dallas office. Within minutes, patients see a noticeable lift in the lower face and a more sculpted jawline. If Sculptra were used, the results would continue to improve over the following months as the body ramps up collagen production.

Customized Jowl Treatment in Dallas

Ready to say goodbye to sagging jowls with an experienced dermatologist? We’ll create a customized treatment plan that provides natural yet measurable results. Book your Dallas dermatology appointment today.

How Can I Make My Fillers Last Longer?

Dermal fillers like Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse, and Sculptra are among the most popular anti-aging treatments today. They smooth creases and restore volume for a fresh, rested appearance. By plumping the skin with hydrating or collagen-boosting molecules, fillers can correct smile lines, deep nasolabial folds, under-eye troughs, or provide a natural– yet sultry– looking pout. While the results of cosmetic injectables are virtually immediate, they don’t last forever.

Many factors affect the longevity of your dermal filler treatment. Some products are designed to last longer than others, and your metabolism will also have an impact. Even the location of the filler will make a difference– areas with more muscle movement will break down the product faster.

For example, Voluma® XC is designed to lift the cheeks for up to two full years, while lip filler with Restylane will last around six months. Contact us at Dallas Dermatology Partners if you have any questions or concerns.

Filler Maintenance Tips

As a trusted provider of dermal fillers in Dallas, we offer the following tips on maximizing the longevity of your results.

#1 Schedule Touch-Up Appointments in Advance

The best way to increase the lifespan of your filler results is by booking maintenance appointments in advance before the filler wears off completely. Your dermatologist will recommend an appropriate timeline based on the location, amount, and type of filler used and suggest touch-ups accordingly. It’s much more cost-effective than starting from scratch, and regularly scheduled injections will ensure the rejuvenating effect you love– isn’t lost entirely.

#2 Avoid Prolonged Sun Exposure

It’s no secret that UV radiation is detrimental to skin elasticity and appearance, causing wrinkles, age spots, and rough texture. The sun’s rays can also speed up the breakdown of facial filler molecules. So, if you’re going to be outside, slather the skin with a broad-spectrum sunscreen, and wear a wide-brimmed hat.

#3 Adopt a Good Skincare Regime

Glowing, hydrated skin radiates good health and youthfulness. After your filler injections, ask your dermatologist for medical-grade skincare products that are suitable for your age, skin type, and concerns. Products containing retinoids, glycolic acid, and other potent actives work in tandem with fillers for a rejuvenating effect.

#4 Find Ways to Reduce Stress

Stress is often unavoidable but try and find ways to avoid usual triggers that tell your body to produce cortisol– a stress hormone that accelerates signs of aging. Whether it’s HIIT, yoga, or a weekly massage, stress-relieving techniques will relax your mind, soften your expressions, and may extend the life of fillers.

#5 Drink More Water

If you have a hyaluronic acid-based filler like those in the Juvederm or Restylane family, then drink up. Hyaluronic acid attracts water molecules, so it stands to reason that hydrated skin can enhance the effect of HA fillers. You can also ramp up water intake by incorporating more fruits and vegetables like watermelon and leafy greens into your diet.

Prolong Your Dermal Filler Results at Dallas Dermatology Partners

As experts in cosmetic injectables, our Dallas dermatologists offer advice on extending the longevity of your filler. Contact our office to schedule a consultation today.

What you need to know before your lip filler appointment

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Posted by Dr. Lauren Dickson

Cosmetic lip injections are a common noninvasive procedure in which one can achieve more defined or fuller lips in less than 20 minutes.  It is important you choose your lip injector with care. Board-certified dermatologists are expert lip injectors that are well versed in the anatomy and the types of fillers that can be used, and demonstrate superior technique to achieve natural, yet meaningful results.  

What are lip fillers? 

Injectable dermal fillers are gel-like substances composed of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in your skin that binds water, that are injected beneath the skin to restore lost volume, smooth lip lines or “wrinkled”, or enhance volume in the lips.  

What is the downtime after a filler procedure?

There is little to no downtime with fillers.  There is often some degree of swelling immediately post-procedure and for several days.  Icing the injected areas does decrease and shorten the duration of the swelling.

There is a risk for post-procedure bruising.  To minimize this risk, avoid any substances that can thin the blood, such as aspirin and NSAIDs, 2 weeks prior to your procedure. 

What should I avoid before having filler? 

Ingestion of the following substances should be avoided for 14 days before your procedure : Omega-3 fatty acids, Fish oil, Aspirin, NSAIDs (including Advil, Ibuprofen, Motrin, Aleve), Vitamin E, Ginseng, Ginger, Gingko Biloba, Garlic, Green Tea, Alcohol, Salt.  Avoid dental work, including routine teeth cleaning, one month before and one month after treatment with fillers. 

How long do lip fillers last?

Typically 6-12 months. 

Are lip fillers safe?

Dermal fillers are FDA-approved and safe for injection. 

What do I need to let me doctor know prior to my procedure?

Please let your doctor know if you have a history of cold sores.  If so, your doctor will likely prescribe you an antiviral to prevent any cold sore breakouts.  

What should I expect during my filler procedure?

Numbing is applied 20-30 minutes prior to your procedure to minimize any discomfort.  The procedure takes approximately 10-20 minutes and is typically very well tolerated without pain.  There is lidocaine, a numbing agent, within the s

What should I expect after my filler procedure?

After injections with fillers, temporary swelling, bruising, redness, or soreness in the treatment area can be experienced.  In order to reduce or minimize these side effects, we recommend applying ice-packs or cold compresses to the injection sites for at least 15 minutes immediately after treatment (and continue to apply them every hour if you are prone to bruising).

Is there anything I should avoid after my filler procedure?

While regular activity can be resumed immediately after injections, heavy exercise should be avoided for the remainder of the day in order to reduce the risk of swelling and bruising.  

Are there any strategies to avoid or limit bruising?

Ingestion of the following substances should be avoided for 14 days before and 1-3 days: Omega-3 fatty acids, Fish oil, Aspirin, NSAIDs (including Advil, Ibuprofen, Motrin, Aleve), Vitamin E, Ginseng, Ginger, Gingko Biloba, Garlic, Green Tea, Alcohol, Salt.

What can I do if I am not happy with my results?

The beauty of using hyaluronic acid fillers is that if you change your mind and decide you don’t want fuller lips or are happy with them for any reason, your doctor can inject an enzyme called hyaluronidase, which will quickly dissolve the filler.  

When should I contact the office?

Call the office immediately if you experience intense pain in the injected areas, severe bruising that is getting worse, or experience visual disturbances.

Do I need to follow up after my filler procedure?

It generally takes 1-2 weeks in order to determine your clinical response to treatment.  For lip fillers, we may recommend two sessions to achieve the desired outcome.

If it is your first treatment, it is advised that a follow-up appointment be scheduled at 2 weeks in order to assess your response to treatment

 

Book your appointment for lip filler with one of our board-certified dermatologists here!

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