Do you have deep lines around your eyes, down your cheeks, or around your mouth?
Would you like to enhance thin lips? Do you have deep facial wrinkles or recessed scars on your face? If so, you may be a good candidate for treatment with dermal fillers by Munster, IN board certified Plastic Surgeon Doctor Jason Petrungaro.
What are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are a family of biocompatible materials intended to be injected below the skin in order to help restore facial volume and soften facial lines and wrinkles.
As we age, the face goes through multiple predictable changes. Bone structure absorbs, the facial muscles atrophy, subcutaneous fat is lost, and the facial skin stretches and sags. Add in sun exposure, genetics, and lifestyle choices and all of these things can contribute to a face that has areas that may appear sunken, wrinkled, and droopy. Dermal fillers were designed to target and treat these very areas, resulting in a rejuvenated, youthful face with smooth contours.
Dermal fillers are among the most popular cosmetic procedures because they offer immediate results, carry very few risks, and require little or no recovery time. After one visit with Doctor Petrungaro, Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland residents can instantly look years younger. Some patients even equate dermal filler therapy to having a “mini” facelift, making it very cost-effective over other more invasive surgical procedures.
Who is a candidate for dermal fillers?
You may be a good candidate for dermal fillers if:
- You want to smooth out lines or wrinkles around your mouth, eyes, or forehead.
- You want to soften facial creases and enhance volume in areas such as the cheeks or lips.
- You have scars and depressions in the skin resulting from acne, injury or congenital imperfections.
If you are in good general health, have a positive attitude, and realistic expectations regarding your cosmetic results, then you are most likely a good candidate for this procedure.
Types of Dermal Fillers
There are three main types of fillers: temporary, semi-permanent, and permanent.
1. Temporary Fillers
- Hyaluronic Acid-Based: by far the most popular dermal fillers, hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the human body and primarily used to enhance fullness and volume as well as smooth out lines and wrinkles.
- Calcium Hydroxylapatite: derived from material found in bone, this filler is heavier and denser than hyaluronic acid and it is injected deeper.
2. Semi-Permanent Fillers
Longer-lasting dermal fillers typically contain thicker substances, such as the biodegradable synthetic filler known as poly-L-lactic acid. These types of soft tissue fillers are used to treat deeper facial lines, and though they offer semi-permanent results, it’s possible that you’ll need an occasional “touch up” several weeks after your initial injections.
3. Permanent Fillers
Permanent fillers are made of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA), which are tiny spheres that are not absorbed by the body. The filler also contains collagen and is only recommended for thick-skin areas such as the nasolabial folds. It is not recommended for any areas around the eyes or for the lips.
It is extremely important for patients to know that silicone is NOT an accepted substance used as a filler. It is not FDA-approved and it is NOT safe, often causing devastating complications such as skin death, infection, and disfigurement. Anyone offering silicone injections is NOT a licensed healthcare professional. Doctor Petrungaro is a board certified Plastic Surgeon who only injects FDA-approved dermal fillers that have proven themselves as safe and effective.
What are the brand names for fillers?
There are a number of soft tissue filler brand names, but some of the most common are:
- Hyaluronic Acid-Based Fillers: Restylane, Juvederm, Perlane, Hydrelle, Belotero
- Semi-Permanent Fillers: Sculptra, Radiesse
- Permanent Fillers: ArteFill
Dermal Filler Procedure Steps
*Your results will vary.
Dermal filler injections may seem like a simple procedure, since it is typically very quick and takes just a few shots. However, it is both an art and science that only a highly trained and experienced healthcare professional should do. Doctor Petrungaro personally performs all of his injections in order to make sure that the appropriate facial areas are targeted correctly and the filler is distributed evenly throughout the face.
Dermal filler injections can usually be completed on the same day as your initial consultation. Doctor Petrungaro will examine your face and listen to your treatment goals, and the two of you will decide what areas you would like to treat. After this he will prepare you and the filler for the procedure.
Doctor Petrungaro gladly provides his patients with an effective topical anesthetic ointment that can be placed onto the areas to be injected at no extra charge. This ointment will serve to numb the skin and make the actual injections essentially painless. In addition, the type of dermal filler that Doctor Petrungaro uses actually contains lidocaine itself, which further numbs the treatment areas while the product is injected.
After the topical anesthetic sets in for about 10-15 minutes, the injection sites on the face will be cleansed with alcohol swabs. The needles used are very short and extremely thin. Depending on the areas of the face to be treated, a number of injections will be needed to achieve the desired result.
You may experience minimal redness, swelling, or bruising at the injection sites for a day or two. You can immediately shower and wash your face after the procedure, and application of makeup is perfectly fine the next day. In fact, many of Doctor Petrungaro’s patients come in for their treatment during their lunch break and no one ever knows! You should avoid strenuous activity for the rest of the day, and you should avoid rubbing your face in order to prevent the product from being pushed out of the areas that were intentionally filled.
Dermal Filler Results
*Your results will vary.
You will immediately see the results of your dermal filler after your procedure. It is common to experience some mild swelling and possibly some light bruising a day or two after your injections — this will resolve in a few days.
Hyaluronic-based fillers typically last 9-12 months. It is a good idea to adopt a maintenance program if you want your results to remain constant. Doctor Petrungaro recommends that his patients come in for a touch-up to the facial areas treated every 9 months, or sooner if the patient notices the filler is absorbing.
Certain fillers last anywhere from 12-18 months, and other fillers are typically still visible after 5 years.
Why choose expert dermal filler surgeon Doctor Jason Petrungaro?
Doctor Petrungaro is a board certified Plastic Surgeon who has successfully completed many years of surgical training in all aspects of facial rejuvenation therapy. He is well versed in the established traditional methods as well as the latest and most innovative techniques. He listens to his patients and respects their goals and wishes, and will always go the extra mile to deliver the most beautiful results possible.
If you are searching for a Plastic Surgeon who can provide you with tangible results from your dermal filler injections coupled with the highest standards of patient safety and care, Northwest Indiana and Chicago board certified Plastic Surgeon Doctor Jason Petrungaro will be happy to consult with you regarding this highly effective procedure. Visit with Doctor Petrungaro in our Munster, IN office for an hour — you will leave knowing you have found the perfect partner in your quest for facial rejuvenation!
If you are interested in dermal fillers and have questions or concerns, please feel free to call Doctor Jason Petrungaro at (219) 836-1163 or click to schedule a consultation online.
Amazement with the Healing and General OutcomeMy highest regard, trust and respect for this surgeon. He delivered what he promised and changed the life and self esteem of this 66 yr. old. Office staff is the best and most helpful and watchful. Planning my next procedure and recommend him highly. Had a tummy tuck and my amazement is with the healing and general outcome because of his skill. I don’t believe Beverly Hills could have done better.
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