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An Experienced West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon Shares His Education and Expertise on the Reality of Dermal Fillers

May 15, 2022
Fredric M. Barr

Have you tried all kinds of facial products to smooth out those stubborn wrinkles and sagging skin with no success? Accurate and realistic expectations are the key to success.

Choosing the best plastic surgeon is essential when considering dermal fillers or any other cosmetic plastic surgery enhancements. At Palm Beach Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery, we provide five-star service, thorough safety measures, honest communication, quality care, and incredible results, with 35 years of continued success.

Dermal fillers are quick and easy injections that add a filling beneath your skin to plump up your cheeks, lips, jowl line, hands, and decollete, giving a straighter appearance to the nose. With a professional’s help, you can naturally minimize wrinkles and crow’s feet without drastically changing your appearance as complex reconstructive surgery procedures might do. Below, we will cover some do’s and don’ts when considering dermal fillers.

The Do’s and Dont’s from the Best Plastic Surgeon for Your Fillers

Do: Work with An Experienced Plastic Surgeon

Your number one priority should be to find a plastic surgeon with ample experience, knowledge, and credentials. Anyone who works in the plastic surgery field should have the required licensing, insurance, and certifications to practice safe treatments. With our chief plastic surgeon, Dr. Fredric M. Barr, M.D., F.A.C.S, you will be in good hands. Contact Palm Beach Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery today at (561) 833-4122 for your complimentary consultation.

Don’t: Buy Fillers Sold Directly to the Public

If you try to buy dermal fillers online, you risk your health and safety. Fillers sold directly to the public often do not have Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approvals and may carry dangerous contaminants. When placing any substance in your body, you should practice extreme caution and care so you don’t harm yourself or end up with subpar results.

The FDA confirms that certain dermal fillers are 100% safe for people to use, while others can lead to adverse effects. A professional plastic surgeon will rely on only effective, reliable, and FDA-approved treatments.

For example, at Palm Beach Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery, we use RADIESSE®, a safe treatment offering refreshed and natural results.

Do: Get Educated About the Product

Many different companies offer variations of derma fillers featuring unique effects and ingredients. The long-lasting effects can vary, and some products can actually be removed if you are not satisfied with the results. While your plastic surgeon should already have ample knowledge of the product, you should also learn about it. When learning about the filler, consider how long it’s been around, the main ingredients, potential side effects, where it can go in your body, how long it lasts, and whether it can be removed.

When used by an experienced medical professional with artistic abilities, dermal fillers can create aesthetically pleasing results. For example, they can define a chin without an implant, stop forehead and crow’s feet wrinkles, and provide fuller lips and cheeks and a more youthful appearance.

On the other hand, dermal fillers cannot lift droopy eyelids, give your face and neck a muscle-tightening lift, remove skin or fat, or change the texture of your skin. These issues must be addressed with surgery and laser. The downsides of dermal fillers include possible bruising, soreness, and redness.

Depending upon each patient, the effects of dermal fillers can last from six months to two years.

Dermal filler brands include:

  • Restylane®
  • Restylane® KYSSE
  • Restylane® Silk
  • Restylane® Refine
  • Restylane® Define
  • Restylane® Contour
  • Sculptra®
  • Juvéderm®
  • Juvéderm® Ultra Plus
  • Juvéderm® Vollure
  • Juvéderm® Voluma
  • Juvéderm® Volbella
  • Radiesse® - the longest-lasting filler, made of different materials
  • RHA®

BOTOX®, Dysport®, and Xeomin® are not dermal fillers. They are considered a neurotoxin, only used on the eyes. These products temporarily stop movement, and their lasting effects are three months.

Doing your research about dermal fillers can help bring you peace of mind and confidence going into the procedure since you’ll know what to expect. We discussed fillers in a recent website article you can read here.

Don’t: Attempt Fillers Without a Licensed Plastic Surgeon

Some people think that they can successfully add fillers without the help of a plastic surgeon, though this is not at all true. If you try to inject it yourself, you may accidentally hit the wrong spot and cause permanent damage.

You may also find needleless dermal filler advertisements, though you should also avoid these. Using high-pressure devices at home is equally dangerous. Always avoid do-it-yourself solutions and stick with a professional.

Do: Learn Care Instructions

Before making your appointment, consider what the aftercare might include. Some fillers may create temporary bruising and swelling, so you may not be able to dive right into certain activities after your treatment.

Be sure to ask your plastic surgeon the following questions:

  • What side effects should I expect, and how long should they last?
  • Will I be able to drink from a straw or sip from a cup?
  • Should I take any anti-inflammatories while healing?
  • Do I need to avoid any activities?
  • What problems or side effects warrant concerns?
  • How long will the filler last?
  • When can I return and add more?

Don’t: Assume FDA Approval Equals Zero Side Effects

All treatments and medications can have side effects. Every person’s body reacts differently. For example, even a daily vitamin can cause problems for some people.

Even with FDA-approved dermal fillers, you may experience the following mild effects:

  • Bruising
  • Inflammation
  • Soreness
  • Redness
  • Itchy rashes
  • Mild movement restrictions

Palm Beach Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery: Your Plastic Surgery Near Me

At Palm Beach Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery, though our office is in West Palm Beach, Florida, we take appointments and offer personal and professional plastic surgery services at our office to anyone around the nation. Whether you’re looking for a dermal filler, laser hair removal, breast augmentation, or anything in between, we are here to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

Dr. Fredric M. Barr is a licensed plastic surgeon with decades of experience who has completed thousands of reconstructive surgery procedures. He works with a team of professional counselors and nurses to ensure that his patients are 100% satisfied when they leave his office.

Have you been searching online for “plastic surgery near me” because you want your skin to appear more youthful? Look no further! Contact us at Palm Beach Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery today at (561) 833-4122 or complete our online form.

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