Dermal Fillers Vs. Implants

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Depending on your desired results and location, either dermal fillers or implants would be your best choice. Both methods can restore your youthful appearance, add volume, and reverse signs of aging. However, differences between dermal fillers and implants do exist, and being informed about these differences is a good idea if you’re going in for a consultation.

What Are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal, or facial fillers are injectable hyaluronic acid solutions that add volume and can smooth fine lines and wrinkles in the face. These fillers stimulate collagen growth and add definition to lift and smooth the skin. Dermal fillers such as Juvederm® and Restylane® hydrate and plump the skin, and you can choose thicker or thinner filler types for different areas and varied results. Fillers are temporary, lasting from 6 to 14 months depending on the area and type of filler.

What Are Implants?

Implants are custom-made solid materials that are added to the face to bring symmetry and volume to different areas, such as the chin, cheek, lips, and jaw. The implant material is inserted into pockets under the skin in the facial tissue. Athré Facial Plastics offers SoftSil™ silastic lip implants and Implantech Silastic implants for chin and cheek areas because they create a beautiful, natural appearance while lasting permanently. Implants are permanent solutions, whereas dermal fillers, though long-lasting, are temporary methods.

Length of Procedures

Dermal fillers can be quickly done, even on your lunch break, with the entire procedure taking less than an hour under local anesthesia. Implants can end up taking longer, and sometimes are done while the patient is under complete sedation.

Which Procedure Should I Choose?

If you’re looking for a quick, quality way to enhance your appearance naturally and with little to no downtime, dermal fillers might be the best choice for you. However, if you’re interested in something more permanent that might save you time and money in the future, and don’t mind a bit of downtime (recovery typically takes around 5-7 days depending on the procedure), implants might be the way to go.

In either case, Dr. Athré has the skills and experience to create beautiful, natural-looking results. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and discuss your needs and issues with our expert team. Together we’ll find out the best route of enhancement for your unique facial features.