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What You Can Expect from Your First Filler Appointment

  • Posted on: Nov 15 2020
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Dermal fillers are products that dermatologists use daily to help patients look younger and more vibrant. These products have been around for a very long time. Most people don’t realize that the first soft tissue fillers were introduced about 50 years ago. At that time, the base ingredients in fillers were derived from animal sources. This created risks that required pre-treatment testing. As you can imagine, few people jumped on the dermal filler bandwagon at that time. It was in the early 2000s when interest in this treatment skyrocketed.

The dermal fillers that we know and love today are made from naturally-occurring chemicals like hyaluronic acid. Because the human body makes it, there is no need for testing and very little risk of adverse reaction when treatment is administered by a trained, board-certified professional. We realize that the popularity of dermal fillers makes them appealing to people who are new to the injectable game. Here, we explain what you can expect if you are a first-time filler who is ready to enhance your appearance.

Before Dermal Fillers

There is nothing special you need to do before getting dermal fillers but find a qualified provider. We strongly encourage new patients to avoid looking for the best dermal filler deal. This treatment can go wrong if not done correctly. Experience matters, so make your decision based on that. When new patients come to our office for dermal fillers, our first step is to get to know them. We’ve got to understand what you want to accomplish so we know how to proceed. After our discussion, we provide you with the information you need, including which dermal filler we recommend and why. You will also know how much filler you need and how much treatment will cost.

Dermal Filler Treatment

The biggest question that people have (but often don’t ask!) is how much dermal filler injections will hurt. Here’s the good news: they don’t! Injectable treatments are administered with a very small needle. The product is inserted just beneath the skin, so only the upper layers of tissue are penetrated. The small needle feels like a pinch. Here’s more good news: dermal fillers have an anesthetic in them! After the very first injection, this anesthetic goes to work desensitizing nerve endings. The entire process usually takes 15 to 20 minutes tops.

After Dermal Filler Treatment

After getting dermal fillers, you can go right back to your normal activities. We may suggest that you avoid excessive heat, like getting into a sauna, or having other treatments that would require you to lie face down (like getting a massage) for a short time. Aside from avoiding certain activities or behaviors that could disrupt the fillers that have just been deposited, you can go about your day as usual.

Laser and Mohs Dermatology of New York is located on 42nd street near Bryant Park. To schedule your dermal filler appointment with us, call 212.391.8600.

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