What are Fillers?

Fillers (or dermal fillers) are gel-like substances used to restore lost volume to the skin. This treatment has gathered popularity in recent years among men and women as it helps create more youthful facial contours. Results can last from six months to five years depending on the type of filler used.

Are there any side effects?

Reactions to filler agents are rare and generally resolve with time. Some common injection-related reactions might occur, such as swelling, bruising, redness, pain, itching, discoloration, and tenderness at the injection site. They typically resolve spontaneously within several days after injection into the skin. Other types of reactions are very rare and are most commonly due to hypersensitivity to the dermal filler and present as redness, swelling, or acne-like reactions.

Which filler is right for me?

Over the years a variety of filler agents have been successfully used. Each filler is a different material,and the duration offilling may vary between the different substances. Our Dermatologists will work with you to decide which dermal filler is best for you.
Options include:

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is naturally found in your body, keeping the skin firm and hydrated. Fillers made from this substance have the consistency of a gel and last between six and twelve months.

Calcium Hydroxylapatite

Calcium Hydroxylapatite(CaHA) is another naturally-occurring substance found primarily in bones. The consistency of CaHA is thicker than hyaluronic acid due to the calcium particles suspended in the gel. This means that it also lasts longer, typically twelve to eighteen months. Studies have shown CaHA to stimulate natural collagen production, making it a preferred treatment for deeper lines and wrinkles with longer-lasting results.

Poly-L-lactic Acid

Poly-L-lactic Acid is a biodegradable synthetic substance that is safe to use in the body. This substance is classified as a collagen stimulator, as it helps smooth fine lines by rebuilding your natural collagen. Poly-L-lactic acid is often used to treat deep wrinkles, and the results can last more than two years.

What happens after treatment?

Immediately after treatment the area may feel somewhat tender. Occasionally, there may be some mild swelling and bruising. These usually resolve quickly and can be covered with makeup. Most patients return to work or their daily activities immediately after treatment.

I am unhappy with my previous filler results from another healthcare provider. Can Dr. Kesty help me?

Have you experienced complications of dermal fillers injected by another provider or are you unhappy with the cosmetic results of dermal filler injected by another healthcare provider? Dr. Kat Kesty is an expert in these challenging “revision” filler cases. Give our office a call to set up a consultation with Dr. Kesty.

Can fillers be combined with other facial rejuvenation techniques?

Dermal Fillers are ideally combined with wrinkle relaxers and Laser Resurfacing for an optimal facial rejuvenation outcome. Laser procedures, such as radiofrequency and fractionated laser resurfacing, in combination with fillers and wrinkle relaxers, can provide a comprehensive anti-aging regimen.

Are Dermal Fillers Right for You?

Fillers can be beneficial for anyone who has experienced loss of volume in the face or would like to enhance their natural beauty. Our Board-Certified Dermatologists will work with you to develop a complete and customized cosmetic treatment plan including dermal fillers.

What is the Cost of Treatment?

Every patient has unique Cosmetic goals and St. Petersburg Skin and Laser offers patients 75+ cutting-edge Cosmetic Procedures, Lasers, and Energy-Based Devices. We can provide you with a quote for treatment after one of our Board-Certified Dermatologists performs a thorough consultation and exam. During this Cosmetic Consultation, the two of you will decide what treatment is necessary to get the best results for you. Our office also accepts CareCredit® to help you achieve your cosmetic goals. Please speak with our Patient Coordinator for more information.

How do I get Started?

Dr. Kesty and her staff would be happy to give you more information about the Cosmetic Procedures offered at St. Petersburg Skin and Laser. Please call us at 727-474-9399 to schedule your Cosmetic Consultation.

“My patients want to look and feel their best at any age. I love that I can help them achieve that by combining state-of-the-art technology, the latest medical evidence, and my advanced skill set and artistic eye”

Dr. Kat Kesty

Founder Of St. Petersburg Skin and Laser