Frequently Asked Questions about Dermal Fillers in San Diego

If you’re thinking about getting dermal filler injections in San Diego, you’ve come to the right place! With the help of our wonderful patients, we’ve answered some of the most common, important questions that our patients ask before their first appointment. 

Our state-licensed, board certified Physician Assistant and Director of Aesthetic Services, Lauren Amico Reed, PA-C, MMS is also our lead injector at LJC. Lauren has extensive training in performing cosmetic injections. She has quickly established a reputation in San Diego for her talent in achieving beautiful results as well as her dedication to her patients’ overall well-being.

Injectable Fillers: Q & A with Lauren Amico Reed, PA-C, MMS

Q: What dermal fillers are available?

A: Popular dermal fillers include Restylane®, Juvéderm®, Restylane® Lyft, and Belotero®. These fillers are made of a naturally occurring substance called hyaluronic acid. Sculptra® is a collagen booster, which works by stimulating collagen production to plump and firm skin vs. physically revolumizing.

Q: Are dermal fillers safe?

A: All dermal fillers we use at LJC are safe and FDA-approved. Allergic reactions to dermal fillers are rare and serious complications from the procedure are uncommon.

Q: How do I decide which filler to get?

A: Each filler has specific features that make it ideal for treating certain areas of the face. Some are better for smoothing fine lines on delicate skin, while others work best for treating deep creases in the nasolabial folds. The only way to be sure you’re getting the right filler for you is to talk with a qualified practitioner who can evaluate your skin, review your health history, and prescribe a filler based on your aesthetic goals. Ready to get started? Why not schedule a free consultation at our La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Centre & Medical Spa?

Q: What should I do prior to my procedure?

A: Patients are advised to avoid medications that could increase bruising, such as aspirin non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), Vitamin E, and fish oil.

Q: Are dermal fillers painful?

A: Pain is dependent on the person and area of the face being treated. A topical numbing cream will be applied prior to the procedure and ice will be given post-procedure. All dermal fillers are mixed with lidocaine to create a more comfortable experience.

Q: Is there any downtime?

A: Mild bruising and swelling can occur for the first 3-5 days. Patients may apply makeup immediately after the procedure and can resume normal activities.

Q: How long do the effects last?

A: Results of dermal fillers typically last for 6-12 months. Results are seen immediately and subsequent treatments may be needed to achieve full correction and maintain desired outcomes.

Learn More About Injectable Fillers

Whether you want to complement facial rejuvenation surgery or just smooth out a few wrinkles, injectable dermal fillers can be an excellent way to look younger and feel more confident in your appearance. At your consultation, we will talk about the advantages that each product may have for helping you get the look you want.

Considering BOTOX for facial rejuvenation? Take a look at our BOTOX & Neurotoxin FAQ’s.