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Injectable treatments such as dermal fillers and BOTOX® Cosmetic changed the landscape of anti-aging procedures because they require virtually no downtime and — when performed by a skilled injector — produce results that look natural.

Despite their popularity, first-time patients often don’t fully understand the uses for fillers such as JUVÉDERM®. At our West Des Moines practice, we thoroughly explain your options and recommend certain fillers based on your concerns. Here are answers to some of the questions commonly asked by patients who are new to injectables, to help you prepare for your consultation:

1. What exactly are dermal fillers? The vast majority of fillers, including those in the JUVÉDERM product line, are formulated with a material called hyaluronic acid (sometimes called HA). The hyaluronic acid used in fillers is a synthetic form of a substance found naturally in the body that attracts and stores water. This makes it extremely effective for giving the skin a fuller, more youthful appearance.

2. Do fillers last forever? No, your body gradually absorbs the filler. Depending on the filler used, results can last from 6 months to 2 years. That means maintaining your results requires periodic treatments, so you should ask yourself if you want to come in for regular maintenance appointments.

3. Are “wish” photos helpful? Sometimes patients bring in pictures of celebrities whose looks they want to emulate. While photos can help communicate a patient’s aesthetic goals, our approach to dermal fillers is to enhance a patient’s natural features.

4. What happens if you’re not happy with the results? Fortunately, this is rarely the case. Patients who aren’t satisfied with their outcomes, however, can reverse the treatment if they get hyaluronic acid fillers. We inject an enzyme called hyaluronidase, which breaks down the acid. The body then naturally absorbs the filler.

5. Are there other treatment options? Fillers produce excellent results in most areas of the face, including nasolabial folds, under the eyes, around the mouth, and in hollowed out cheeks. Crow’s feet and other fine lines around the eyes, however, are best treated with BOTOX injections. That’s because BOTOX works by temporarily immobilizing the muscles that create those wrinkles.

6. When should I schedule a consultation? The fact that you’re reading this blog post suggests you’re already researching filler treatments, which is the first step most patients take before coming in for a consultation. When you’re ready to take the plunge, contact us to schedule a consultation. Don’t worry if you still have more questions. We’ll be happy to answer them.

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