Facial Fillers

Dermal Fillers | St. Louis, MO

Causes of Fine Lines and Wrinkles

Fine lines and wrinkles are only partially the result of decreased collagen.  Creases around the nose and mouth, in particular, are typically related to the loss of volume in the mid-face. This is because skin loses support from fat pads, and has nowhere to go but down. Repetitive facial expressions can also result in loss of volume or deep lines. In addition to lines and wrinkles, marked decrease in volume can make superficial veins more visible not only in the face, but also in the hands. Also, sun exposure can destroy the integrity of our skin’s thickness and elasticity.

But be careful with “fillers.” Don’t just fill because this can lead to a distorted “fat” appearance and no one wants that!

Get Dr. Gurley’s expert opinion. She has years of experience with both surgical and non-surgical options for the face. We are pleased to offer a number of tailored treatment options to restore volume to the correct places.

What is a facial filler (dermal filler)?

A facial filler, or dermal filler, is a product that has been formulated with ingredients that add volume to a specific area. A good percentage of fillers used today are made with hyaluronic acid which is a natural sugar compound that reintroduces volume by binding to water molecules.

What is Hyaluronic Acid Filler?

Hyaluronic Acid (H.A.) filler may be one of the most well-known dermal fillers. This family of products has consistently achieved excellent results for patients wanting to renew their youthful appearance. H.A. fillers’ cross-linking makeup makes it relatively longer-lasting because cross-linking transforms the liquid hyaluronic acid into a highly viscous gel.

Who is a good candidate for H.A. Filler?

The viscosity of the formulation makes this a great choice for patients who want to smooth the appearance of deep creases around the nose and mouth. Another common use is to reduce the appearance of under eye puffiness by filling the tear trough (the line where the upper cheek and the lower eyelid meet.)

H.A. Fillers treat the following:

  • Lips
  • Eyes
  • Lines
  • Wrinkles
  • Scars
  • Flattened cheekbones
  • Shallow lines around the corners of the eyes

Also, because hyaluronic acid fillers contain mild Lidocaine, treatment is quite comfortable for delicate areas such as the eyes and the mouth.

Dermal Fillers before and after

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What are fat injections?

Fat injections are sometimes referred to as “liquid gold,” due to the longevity of results from this treatment. The cost of fat injections is higher than dermal fillers. However, there is an additional benefit to this volume-restoring treatment. You see, the fat that is used to fill the cheeks or temples or jaw line is taken from your own body. This means better contours in TWO areas, or even more. While the entire amount of fat that is injected typically does not take, modern techniques allow for natural depletion, and most patients are very happy with their end-results.

Who is a good candidate for fat injections?

The primary consideration for fat injections is having sufficient fat cells to harvest from another area of your body. Cells may be taken from an area as small as the neck or as large as the buttocks or abdomen.

Schedule a consultation

Dr. Gurley will help you decide which product or facial filler is right for you, based on an evaluation of your facial contours and desires. If you are interested in learning more about Dermal Fillers, and would like to see if you are a good candidate, call (636) 812-4300 to schedule a consultation with Chesterfield Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Judith Gurley.