Dermal Fillers: How Much Do They Cost?
Dermal fillers, also known as fillers or injectables, are various products used to fill fine lines and wrinkles and restore volume in the face or hands. Popular dermal fillers include hyaluronic acid fillers and collagen fillers. Fillers can be injected into areas like the cheeks to increase fullness and contour, lips to create plumpness, or to fill in deep wrinkles, especially marionette lines around the mouth. They can also be used to correct depressed scars or asymmetry of the face. Skin naturally loses fullness and volume as it ages, so fillers aim to restore a youthful appearance.
Lip enhancement, also known as lip augmentation, is a procedure that enhances the size and shape of the lips. Most popular lip enhancements are done with dermal filler or fat injections, most commonly hyaluronic acid. The filler is injected into the lips to improve plumpness and volume, enhance the shape, or correct the symmetry of the lips.
Hyaluronic acid fillers like Restylane and Juvederm are preferred by physicians because they do not lead to bumps, they produce less bruising than other fillers, and results last from 6 months to 1 year. After the in-office procedure, lips augmented with hyaluronic acid will attract fluid, which gives lips a swollen appearance for about 3 days to 2 weeks. Because of the swelling and bruising that is likely to occur, most physicians recommend downtime of about 2-3 days and advise against exercise during this time. Patients can also reduce swelling by avoiding foods high in salt, by using a cool compress, and by sleeping with their head elevated. The average cost of lip fillers is $825.
There are several different facial fillers on the market that address deep forehead wrinkles, scars, nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and that plump up sallow cheeks to restore youthful plumpness to the skin. One of the most popular types of facial fillers is hyaluronic acid fillers like Restylane and Juvederm, which add fullness because of their ability to retain fluid. Because it is a mild acid, patients are given either topical or local anesthetic to minimize discomfort. Physicians recommend downtime of a few days because of the bruising and swelling that may occur, and patients are also advised to massage the area to evenly disperse the filler and reduce the appearance of lumps. The cost of Restylane and Juvederm depends on the number of syringes needed, but most patients require two syringes at $450-$600 each.
Polylactic acid fillers like Sculptra are actually semi-permanent and work by stimulating the body’s own collagen. This collagen production helps to plump up laugh lines, nasolabial folds, and even adds fullness to lips. Results of Sculptra are not immediate between three to six treatments may be necessary to begin seeing results, which begin to appear in about six weeks. Each Sculptura session costs around $600.