Injectable dermal fillers are now the go-to option for a long list of facial rejuvenation needs. From addressing the early signs of aging to getting that perfect pout, dermal fillers are incredibly versatile. Not only can our Houston dermal fillers help solve issues like wrinkles, fine lines, creases, loss of volume, and thin lips using lip injections, but they are also safe and minimally invasive, providing fantastic results without surgery.
Our aesthetic specialists have performed over 5,000 plastic surgery procedures, and both the medical and administrative teams at the Clinic have combined decades of experience in the cosmetic industry. At the Clinic for Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX, all of the aesthetic specialists are committed to stunning dermal filler results and to your total comfort and full communication throughout the treatment process.
- 1 Procedure
- 2 Benefits
- 3 Ideal Candidate
- 4 Consultation & Preparation
- 5 Types of Dermal Fillers
- 6 Poly-L-Lactic Acid
- 7 Calcium Hydroxylapatite
- 8 Results, Recovery, & Aftercare
- 9 Lip filler swelling stages
- 10 Why Choose Dr. Sukkar?
- 11 Recovery
- 12 Results
- 13 Contact
- 14 FAQ
- 14.1 are dermal fillers painful?
- 14.2 how long do dermal fillers last?
- 14.3 are fillers permanent?
- 14.4 will lip fillers ruin my lips?
- 14.5 can i get fillers while pregnant or breastfeeding?
- 14.6 how long should i wait to eat or drink after having my lips filled?
- 14.7 how often should i expect to schedule follow-up lip filler treatments to maintain volume?
- 14.8 how much do dermal fillers cost?
Dermal fillers are serums that are injected into the face and some other parts of the body to smooth wrinkles and fine lines, add volume to hollow-looking areas of the face, and plump the lips. While dermal fillers can correct the same concerns, they are not to be confused with neuromodulators, like Botox, that address these concerns by essentially paralyzing the underlying muscles.
If you aren’t totally thrilled with your face in the mirror, there is most likely an injectable filler that can improve your look and boost your confidence. With dermal fillers, you can experience:
- Fewer wrinkles and fine lines
- More volume in hollow-looking areas of the face
- Smoothed crows feet, marionette lines, forehead lines, and more
- Fuller, more even lips
- A non-surgical, minimally invasive procedure
Different fillers have different consistencies and sometimes work better with certain needs or skin types. Your practitioner can determine which one is the ideal formulation for you and your specific needs. There is a dermal filler that will work for almost everyone who wants to address:
- Fine lines
- Sagging skin
- Hollow areas
- Thin lips
Consultation & Preparation
We are equipped to inform and passionate to educate you about your aesthetic options with injectable fillers. During your consultation for dermal fillers Houston aestheticians at The Clinic for Plastic Surgery will cover each option that is available to address your specific facial aesthetic needs and develop a comprehensive treatment plan. We will also provide detailed information on how to prepare for your injectable filler appointment.
Types of Dermal Fillers
Hyaluronic acid, or HA, is a substance that naturally occurs in the body and promotes moisture. As a synthetic compound, the HA that’s used in dermal fillers can also encourage moisture and provide volume. HA fillers work to smooth wrinkles, fine lines, and creases by literally “filling” them to provide a younger, more vibrant appearance. In addition, HA fillers can add volume to hollow-looking areas such as the temples or the under-eye area.
Juvéderm is a collection of fillers developed to correct concerns in specific areas of the face. For example, at the Clinic, we prefer Juvéderm Voluma for cheek plumping because of its very targeted approach. Different Juvéderm serums can help eliminate wrinkles around the mouth and forehead, soften nasolabial folds, plump thin lips, and even fill deep acne scars. If you have a facial aesthetic concern, there is likely a Juvéderm option to improve it.
Restylane is another family of injectable fillers that work to address specific parts of the face and the issues that can arise. Whether correcting wrinkles, plumping the cheeks, or even restoring volume to the back of your hands, Restylane may be your rejuvenation solution.
For deep wrinkles in highly expressive areas of the face, you might consider the thicker gel formula of Radiesse. Made with calcium hydroxylapatite, it has an instant plumping effect and builds natural collagen, a protein essential to firm, youthful skin. Radiesse allows your skin to look plush and smooth for up to 18 months on average. While the results are outstanding, it’s not suitable for thin-skinned areas such as the lips or under the eyes, which are best treated with HA fillers like Restylane.
If you love the results of HA fillers but desire a more long-term result, Sculptra may be the ideal solution. It contains poly-L-lactic acid (the same skin-safe material doctors trust for dissolving sutures) to not only replenish your skin with youthful volume but also trigger an abundance of fresh collagen, so your skin looks and behaves how it did in your youth. Performed by our highly trained injectors, your Sculptra results can last two years.
Similar to HA, Poly-L-Lactic Acid can help enhance the look of your face by correcting issues like wrinkles or volume loss and has been around since the 1970s as a synthetic polymer originally used for medical sutures. While HA is a “filler” in the sense that it immediately fills the area by providing moisture, Poly-L-Lactic Acid is known as a stimulator. It works progressively over time to stimulate collagen production and is especially effective at treating the lower half of the face.
Sculptra works by energizing natural collagen production in your skin. Made from Poly-L-Lactic Acid, it is technically a bio-activator. Sculptra produces stunning, natural-looking results because it works to stimulate the face to create collagen and thus correct wrinkles and creases.
This dermal filler is also viewed as highly compatible with our natural biological makeup and is made up of a gel substance. Another FDA-approved option, fillers made with calcium hydroxylapatite can correct moderate wrinkles and fine lines as well as enhance facial volume.
Radiesse is made with calcium hydroxylapatite and can offer stunning improvements for the lower half of the face. Radiesse can improve chin lines, pre-jowl folds, and smile lines with precision.
Results, Recovery, & Aftercare
Since there are so many different exciting options with dermal injectable fillers, your practitioner will go through all the expectations with you for aftercare and results. Most fillers last between 9-12 months.
Lip filler swelling stages
With lip fillers, it is especially important to understand the timeline of recovery since lips are a delicate area and almost every patient will experience swelling in a common pattern.
immediately following your procedure
Injection points will be tender, but this will calm down after a few hours.
Significant swelling will most likely occur on this day. Remember, this is normal and usually resolves with no intervention.
You should be past the peak of swelling and start to see a reduction. Injection site tenderness will also be much less noticeable.
Your lip swelling should settle further, but you might now be able to see some bruising or lumps. These side effects are also totally normal and should resolve within a few days.
At two weeks past your appointment, you shouldn’t have significant changes taking place each day, and you will be able to see evidence of what your final result will look like.
Most patients experience a lush, final result at around four weeks and enjoy their plump new lip look.
Why Choose Dr. Sukkar?
Dr. Sukkar is one of the top plastic surgeons in Houston, and as the founder of the Clinic for Plastic Surgery, he instills in his team a passion for great aesthetic results and top-quality patient care. The aesthetic specialists will take every measure to ensure you are comfortable with all aspects of your cosmetic enhancement plan and end up thrilled with the results.
Zero downtime means there is more time for you. After your treatment, you might have mild redness, inflammation, or tenderness. These effects usually disappear in a few minutes to hours. At TCPS Med Spa, we ensure an unhurried experience.
Feel free to roam our lavish garden, relax on our patio, or sit by our fire pit at your leisure until you feel ready to go home. Dermal fillers have no downtime, so you can resume most activities except exercise, sauna use, and drinking alcohol immediately. Bruising is uncommon but may occur even with proper injection techniques due to individual differences in vascular anatomy. If this happens, you may apply makeup concealer the next day.
Simply gorgeous day after day. Most fillers take effect immediately, giving you an instantly younger and refreshed look. Different fillers have a differing duration of results.
Fillers such as Restylane and Juvéderm generally last up to 12 months, although certain products from these lines may last longer. Radiesse and Sculptra likewise have long-lasting results, up to 18 months to two years respectively. They also increase natural collagen production over time! To maintain your flawless skin for a long time to come, schedule a maintenance visit at our luxury Houston Med Spa when you notice the effects of your filler wearing off.
During your private meeting at our office, we will carefully assess the cosmetic concerns you’d like to address, then create a custom plan to provide the appearance you desire. Let the Clinic for Plastic Surgery provide you with some of the best dermal and lip fillers Houston has to offer.
are dermal fillers painful?
Most patients do not consider dermal fillers painful and only note a slight pinch at the injection site. This is because they are administered via a very fine needle, and many fillers have lidocaine in the solution.
how long do dermal fillers last?
Fillers are not permanent and can last anywhere from 3-18 months, depending on the formula and usage.
are fillers permanent?
Injectable fillers are not permanent and depending on the formula and usage can last anywhere from 3-18 months.
will lip fillers ruin my lips?
No, lip fillers will not ruin your lips with properly scheduled usage, a reasonable expectation for results, and when provided by a certified injector.
can i get fillers while pregnant or breastfeeding?
As with many cosmetic procedures, since no studies confirm or rule out adverse side effects during pregnancy or breastfeeding, the FDA and most practitioners recommend against this.
how long should i wait to eat or drink after having my lips filled?
You will want to wait at least a few hours until you regain full sensation in your lips and any numbness has resolved.
how often should i expect to schedule follow-up lip filler treatments to maintain volume?
Many lip fillers last 6-12 months, give or take, and your provider should be able to recommend the best maintenance schedule for the particular filler you will be using.
how much do dermal fillers cost?
Dermal filler cost varies depending on which products are used for your particular concerns and how many treatments are recommended.