301.881.7770 Menu

What are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are soft injectable gels containing stabilized, non-animal hyaluronic acid (HA). The gel is tissue-friendly, closely resembling the body’s natural hyaluronic acid. As a cosmetic improvement, fillers are long-lasting but temporary because the body eventually absorbs them.

When injected into the skin at different depths to restore a smoother appearance, dermal fillers can:

  • Help fill in facial wrinkles
  • Provide facial volume
  • Augment facial features

How Do Dermal Fillers Work?

Dermal fillers boost the skin’s supply of hyaluronic acid, a sugar molecule that naturally binds water. HA makes your skin plump and hydrated; with age, collagen production decreases, causing dry skin and wrinkles. By replenishing depleted hyaluronic acid, HA dermal fillers revitalize and add volume to the skin, instantly diminishing the appearance of lines and wrinkles for a natural, softer look.

Juvederm Benefits

Juvederm has earned its impeccable reputation as a popular dermal filler option recommended by plastic surgeons and raved about by patients. Some of Juvederm’s many benefits include the following:

  • Reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, even around the eyes
  • Plump cheeks and lips
  • Sculpt and define the jawline
  • Smooth and natural results
  • Results last up to one year
  • Non-allergenic
  • Add moisture to the skin
  • No downtime and minimal side effects

Juvederm Candidates

The best candidates for Juvederm® treatment are:

  • 18 or older
  • In good general health
  • Not pregnant or nursing
  • Struggling with the effects of aging
  • Wanting to restore lost facial volume
  • Not suitable candidates for other injectables due to sensitivities or allergies

What Issues Can Dermal Fillers Address?

Dermal fillers are popular because they can address numerous issues. Some examples include:

  • Plumping thin lips
  • Enhancing shallow facial contours
  • Softening facial creases
  • Filling fine lines and wrinkles
  • Reducing the appearance of scars
  • Deeply hydrating the skin
  • Minimizing the appearance of marionette lines
  • Tightening loose skin along the jawline and chin
  • Filling deep nasolabial folds

How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last?

How long dermal fillers last depends on several factors, including the type of filler used and the location of the injection site. Most dermal fillers last six to twelve months before being absorbed by the body, while other fillers may last between two and five years. You may need yearly touch-up sessions to maintain the revitalizing effects of your filler.

Before Filler Injections…

Prior to treatment with any Bethesda injectable fillers, patients should take a few precautions to minimize bruising and bleeding. These include avoidance of aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as Advil or Motrin for two weeks prior, and avoidance of St. John’s Wort or high doses of vitamin E for one week.

Which Filler is Right for Me?

Depending on your specific cosmetic goals, the right filler for you could be one of any of the array of advanced dermal fillers we offer at Plastic Surgery Institute of Washington. The best way to understand your options is a private consultation with us. We will answer all of your questions and help you find the right fillers to achieve your cosmetic goals.

Autologous Fat Grafting Washington, DC

Autologous fat grafting involves removing the patient’s own fat cells from one area of the body and injecting that fat into another to increase volume. This can be performed as a separate procedure or in conjunction with liposuction elsewhere in the body.

The amount of fat that stays where it is grafted is less predictable than with commercial products, so patients are typically overcorrected to compensate for the initial reabsorption. Autologous fat can not only be used to improve volume loss in the nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and lips, but also in the hands and buttocks. Additionally, it can be used to correct contour defects from previous surgery. Fat is the only injectable filler which has the potential to last many years and does not pose any risk of rejection – it is your own fat, recognized by your body.

Facial Fillers Washington DC

Dermal Fillers Frequently Asked Questions

Is Juvederm as good as BOTOX?

Juvéderm works quicker and lasts longer. With either injectable, you will need follow-up treatments to maintain your results.

What are the side effects of Juvederm?

Side effects are minimal and temporary but may include reactions at the injection site, such as:

  • Bruising
  • Redness
  • Pain or sensitivity
  • Itching
  • Firmness
  • Swelling
  • Lumps or bumps

Does Juvederm make you look younger?

Juvederm creates volume underneath sagging tissue, helping to lift and plump the skin temporarily. Wrinkles and fine lines are smoothed out for a more radiant face that looks years younger.

Where are the best places to inject Juvederm?

Some of the most common areas are the mid-face, including the cheeks, temples, chin, and jawline. Juvederm is also effective in the lips and the undereye regions.

Dermal Fillers Washington DC


Call us 301.881.7770

At PSIW, we eagerly await your arrival.

Schedule a Consultation
Dermal Fillers Washington DC
Schedule a Consultation