It may be distressing to see wrinkles, skin folds, acne scars, loss of facial volume, and fine lines developing on your face. This can all be cleared up with a few injections of dermal filler. However, it can be important to determine the number of syringes to calculate the total cost of the dermal filler treatment and to better prepare for the injection.
So what is the amount of injections needed in a single treatment? It takes at least 10 syringes of facial filler to fully treat the face from any and all wrinkles, skin folds, decrease in facial volume, and fine lines. The exact amount of syringes is dependent on the amount and levels of aging or damage in the planned treated areas.
Most dermal fillers are produced and sold in 1ml or 1cc measurements in sterilized syringes but may be injected in smaller amounts. They can also be contained in vials that can be acquired in specific amounts by drawing them from a needle. However, most treatment areas across the face will only need 1ml of filler to tighten the skin around to smoothen any wrinkles and to alleviate any skin folds and sagging by increasing its volume.
Since an injection needs to be applied on each side of the face within several areas that need to be treated to provide an equal and natural look, 10 syringes is the average amount needed for the initial treatment. The dermatologist may add more filler depending on how well the face has absorbed the filler and for future maintenance treatments.
Despite what may seem like a numerous amount of needles, the treatment is well-known as a “lunchtime procedure.” Unlike invasive forms of plastic surgery, the entire treatment lasts for up to 30 minutes and requires no downtime. By following proper pre-treatment and aftercare steps, the treated patient can experience all of the long-lasting benefits of the dermal filler without any discomfort.
Before the face is injected, the dermatologist will assess the extent of its aging to ascertain the appropriate amount of dermal filler needed in the treatment. The quantity of dermal filler varies across the face because some of its parts have thinner skin or are smaller compared, or are more sensitive to wrinkles brought by excessive movement.
The forehead is a wide area that is usually the first region of the face to succumb to aging as it is vulnerable to dynamic wrinkles and fine lines. As such, it may take around 10 syringes or about 1 to 3 ml of facial filler to fully treat the width of the forehead with balanced and ample results.
The areas around the eyes like the temple and tear trough can be sunken or discolored as time passes. 10 syringes of facial filler—about 6 syringes or 1 to 2 ml for both sides of the temple and 2 to 4 syringes or 0.5 to 1 ml for both sides of the tear troughs—like Juvederm Ultra can perk up the regions around the eye.
A liquid rhinoplasty can be done with dermal filler to organically relapse your nose to your liking. The amount of filler is dependent on the amount of changes desired in the nose, but at least one syringe will be utilized.
Another common treatment area near the nose is the smile line or the nasolabial fold — a fine line that forms in between the corners of the nose and the lips. 1 to 2 syringes, which can amount to 0.5 to 2 ml of facial filler, instantly clears it up.
A cheek filler like Juvéderm Voluma or Restylane Lyft can be injected to restore lost facial volume due to the decrease of fat pads and to help the face heal from acne scars. Since it is a large area and a good number of syringes are needed to provide an appropriate amount of lifting and volume, 1 to 3 ml or 2 to 6 syringes on each side of the cheeks is recommended.
A lip injection with dermal fillers such as Restylane Kysse is a well-known method to maintain supple and bright lips at any age. With its thin surface, the amount of lip filler can produce subtle or substantial volume in the lip. About 0.5 ml to 3ml or 1 to 3 syringes can be used in the treatment.
When the facial volume decreases, the skin may sag and cover the contour of the jawline. This will also affect the chin as it may look increasingly duller or disproportionate as it ages. With enough dermal filler injection, the skin in the jawline can be completely lifted to improve the overall shape of the face. It takes 2 to 4 syringes or 1 to 3 ml to achieve this defined face shape.
Though 1ml of filler may not look like a lot, it is enough to produce a natural and delicate degree of skin tightening and volume in the face. With frequent dermal filler injections or an exuberant amount of filler injected in the patient, the face will appear with abnormal amounts of volume and result in facial overfilled syndrome. Common indicators of facial overfilled syndrome include:
These indicators of facial overfilled syndrome may also be accompanied with severe side effects weeks after the injection like persistent swelling, redness, and noticeable discomfort or pain. If the treatment was done with a hyaluronic acid filler, it may be recommended to use a hyaluronic injection to quickly dissolve the problematic amounts of filler.
Hence, it is always recommended to add the minimum amount of filler needed to avoid further complications. To prevent facial overfilled syndrome and other complications from an extra amount of injected filler, receive your dermal filler treatment from an expert and reliable injector with FDA-approved dermal fillers.
Once your face has been treated with the apt quantity of facial filler, its result will peak after two weeks. It can be re-touched within the 6 month mark to extend its efficacy and duration. However, there are steps that can be done at home to boost the benefits and lifespan of the dermal fillers.
Great skin comes with hard work and perseverance. However, it doesn’t take a lot of steps to maintain the results of the dermal filler treatments. There are several steps to an effective skincare routine but the essential actions can be summarized into three processes: cleansing, moisturizing, and protection.
Cleansing can be done by simply washing the face every morning or through using a cleanser. This will directly hydrate the skin to increase its volume, suppleness, and texture by preventing clogged pores. The face can then be further moisturized with skincare products like serums and toners. Finally, apply an SPF 30+ sunscreen to guard the face from sun damage. A regular skin care routine will reinforce the wondrous effects of the injected dermal fillers.
Along with a skincare routine that addresses any marks of aging, a balanced diet and meeting the daily intake of water can also help lengthen the effects of the dermal filler. Leafy green vegetables, fruits, and fatty fish have vitamins that improve the color and texture of the skin. Drinking water will also keep the skin supple, smooth, and flexible—preventing any more wrinkles and fine lines from appearing in the face.
When the body feels stressed, it will release cortisol, a hormone that, among other reactions, will increase the oil produced in the pores of the skin. This will increase the chances of inflammation across the skin, causing it to crack, swell, or develop rashes and hives. The facial expressions made when stressed may also form wrinkles across the brow. Learning to relax the mind and body will not only aid your physical and mental health, but your skin health as well.
Dermal fillers are a potent treatment for any and all marks of aging, skin damage, and shrinking facial volume, but only in well-measured amounts. As such, it is essential to go into the treatment with realistic and manageable expectations.
At Dr. Lanna Aesthetics, we can help you sculpt a new youthful face with a dermal filler treatment customized for your skin condition. Our expert team of dermatologists and aestheticians, led by Dr. Lanna, the “Celebrity Liquid Facelift Doctor”, has completed over 10,000 cosmetic procedures from clients all over the U.S. Schedule a consultation with us online to start reenergizing your facial skin with the best injector in the country.