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Facial Volume Loss and Dermal Fillers


Rediscover Your Radiance: Defy Facial Volume Loss with Dermal Fillers

At St. Petersburg Skin and Laser, we understand that facial volume loss can impact not only your physical appearance but also your self-confidence and overall well-being. That’s why we approach each individual with radical empathy and a deep understanding of their unique aesthetic goals. Led by the expertise of Dr. Kat Kesty, a renowned Cosmetic Dermatologist, our team is dedicated to helping you reclaim your youthful radiance through the transformative power of dermal fillers.

With age, facial contours can change due to factors such as the natural decline of collagen and elastin, along with other environmental and lifestyle influences. This can result in sunken cheeks, deepening lines and wrinkles, and an overall tired or hollowed appearance. However, with the advancements in aesthetics, dermal fillers have become a go-to solution for restoring lost volume and rejuvenating the face.

At St. Petersburg Skin and Laser, we take pride in our ability to offer a comprehensive range of dermal fillers, each tailored to address specific concerns and provide natural-looking results. Dr. Kesty’s extensive knowledge and expertise in facial aesthetics allow her to create personalized treatment plans that are customized to your unique facial structure, preferences, and desired outcome. Whether you are seeking to plump up hollowed cheeks, smooth out deep lines, or enhance lip volume, our team will guide you through the process with the utmost care and attention to detail.

I am beyond thrilled with the results, and with the welcoming and friendly attitudes of the entire staff.

—Hannah S.

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Unlock age-defying transformations with the tailored expertise of Dr. Kat Kesty, a pioneer in laser cosmetic dermatology

Double Board-Certified Dermatologist
Broadest selection of lasers in Florida (25+)
One of a handful of fellowship trained laser surgeons in the nation
Customized treatments merge science & artistry

Benefits of Dermal Fillers for Facial Volume Loss

Addressing the unwelcome changes that sun damage, aging, and other factors bring to your skin.
Enhanced facial contours
Plumper cheeks and youthful eyes
Restore your facial symmetry
Minimal to no downtime
Improves skin texture and tone
Look and feel younger
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Why Fillers for Facial Volume Loss?

The Benefits of Fillers for Facial Volume Loss

Uncover the remarkable benefits of expertly performed dermal filler procedures at St. Petersburg Skin and Laser. With minimal downtime and outstanding results, these fillers offer a highly effective solution for facial volume loss. Discover how they can enhance your natural beauty and restore youthfulness to your appearance.

Enhanced Facial Contours

Dermal fillers can restore lost volume in areas such as the cheeks, lips, and nasolabial folds, resulting in improved facial contours and a more youthful appearance.

Reduction of Wrinkles

By filling in deep facial wrinkles and lines, fillers smooth out the skin, reducing the visible signs of aging.

Restored Facial Symmetry

Asymmetry caused by volume loss or the aging process can be corrected with fillers, bringing balance and harmony to facial features.

Rejuvenated Under-Eye Area

Hollowing or dark circles under the eyes can be corrected with fillers, creating a refreshed and rejuvenated appearance.

Nose Contour Correction

Dermal fillers can smooth out bumps on the nose or correct a drooping nose tip for a naturally beautiful and balanced profile.

Non-Surgical Solution

Fillers offer a non-invasive alternative to surgical procedures, providing natural-looking results without the need for extensive downtime or recovery.

Selecting a Skilled Provider for Dermal Fillers: Emphasizing Expertise and Personalized Care

The Value of Esteemed Credentials and Diverse Professional Experience

When considering dermal filler treatments, it is essential to choose a provider with the necessary expertise and qualifications. Dr. Kat Kesty, one of the few Board Certified Dermatologists with Fellowship Training in Lasers and Cosmetic Surgery, possesses the knowledge and skill to deliver exceptional results. Her extensive experience in the field of Cosmetic Dermatology, combined with her commitment to delivering a superior patient experience, ensures that patients at St. Petersburg Skin and Laser receive the highest level of care.

The Necessity of Customized Treatment Plans

At St. Petersburg Skin and Laser, we understand that each patient is unique, with individual aesthetic goals and concerns. Dr. Kesty takes a personalized approach, tailoring treatment plans to address specific facial volume loss issues. By carefully assessing each patient’s facial anatomy and listening to their desired outcomes, Dr. Kesty creates customized treatment plans that yield natural-looking and satisfying results. Our focus is on enhancing your natural beauty while ensuring your comfort and safety throughout the entire process.

An Exploration into Fillers for Restoring Facial Volume

How Fillers Restore Facial Volume

Dermal fillers work by replenishing lost volume in the face, creating a smoother and more youthful appearance. These injectable gels, composed of substances such as hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxylapatite, or collagen, are strategically placed beneath the skin’s surface to plump up areas of volume loss. The fillers stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, essential components for maintaining skin elasticity and firmness. This process restores facial volume, reduces the appearance of wrinkles, and rejuvenates the skin, resulting in a more youthful and refreshed look.

Types Of Fillers at St. Petersburg Skin and Laser

By providing the most comprehensive range of filler brand options, we ensure that each patient receives a tailored treatment plan that best addresses their unique concerns and aesthetic goals. While the list below can look daunting, do not fear. Dr. Kesty will walk you through a detailed consultation, answer all your questions, and provide you with a dermal filler treatment plan from the full spectrum of fillers we have available. The broad selection means you get the treatment and results best suited for you as an individual patient.

Hyaluronic Acid Fillers

Hyaluronic acid fillers, including Restylane Lyft, Juvederm ultra plus xc, Restylane contour, Juvederm Volbella, Juvderm Ultra, and Belotero Balance, are renowned for their versatility and ability to provide natural-looking results. This type of gel filler can address facial volume loss by restoring hydration, plumping the skin, and diminishing the appearance of wrinkles and lines. This facial volume loss treatment retains moisture in the skin and is an optimal treatment for skin laxity, undereye hollowing, lip lines (lip enhancement), uneven skin texture, tear troughs, lines around the mouth (oral commissure), midface volume loss (cheeks and midface), and other wrinkles and folds.

Biostimulatory Fillers

Biostimulatory fillers, such as Radiesse and Sculptra aesthetic, are a collection of fillers designed to stimulate collagen production and restore lost facial volume. These volume loss treatments work by gradually replacing lost collagen and improves an uneven skin tone, resulting in long-lasting rejuvenation and natural-looking results.

Calcium Hydroxylapatite Fillers

Calcium hydroxylapatite fillers, like Radiesse, are unique due to their ability to stimulate collagen production and provide immediate volume. They are particularly effective in addressing facial volume loss, enhancing contours, and improving skin texture. Calcium hydroxyapatite fillers can also be injected with a cannula to address volume loss and stimulate collagen in the neck, hands, arms, legs, and chest.

Poly-L-lactic Acid Fillers

Poly-L-lactic acid fillers, like Sculptra, are known for their biostimulatory properties, stimulating collagen production and restoring facial volume over time. These fillers are ideal for addressing facial volume loss and improving skin texture and firmness.

Analogous Fillers

Analogous fillers, like Sculptra and Radiesse, are known for their biostimulatory properties, promoting the natural production of collagen in the skin. This makes them unique in their ability to stimulate collagen growth, leading to improved skin texture, volume, and firmness. These fillers have the best results in treating parentheses lines, facial fat volume loss, fine lines and wrinkles, loose skin, and other areas where skin rejuvenation is as important as restoring volume with natural looking results.

PMMA Fillers

PMMA fillers, like Bellafill, are composed of a synthetic fiber of tiny microspheres or the PMMA molecule ingredient suspended in a collagen gel. These fillers are a unique cross-link technology and provide immediate volume and stimulate collagen production, addressing facial volume loss and improving skin texture for long-lasting results. This type of filler is particularly suited for severe facial wrinkles, at the corner of the mouth, laugh lines, over the zygomatic bone, and to replenish lost facial volume in the mid face, all with natural looking results.

Botulinum “Fillers”

Technically, Botulinum are muscle relaxers, but a lot of people consider them when they consider fillers.

  • Botulinum fillers, such as Botox, Dysport, Jeuveau, Daxxify, and Xeomin, are unique in their ability to temporarily paralyze the muscles responsible for causing dynamic wrinkles such as crow’s feet. While not directly addressing facial volume loss, they help smooth out wrinkles and lines, resulting in a more youthful appearance.

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In-Depth Examination of Dermal Filler Treatment for Facial Volume Loss

At St. Petersburg Skin and Laser, under the expert guidance of Dr. Kesty, we take an in-depth look at dermal fillers and their remarkable ability to address facial volume loss. Our team of skilled Dermatologists is dedicated to providing personalized care and helping individuals restore their youthful appearance through advanced aesthetic treatments.

Pre-Treatment Care: Private Consultation and Medical Evaluation by Dr. Kesty

Before undergoing dermal filler treatments for facial volume loss at St. Petersburg Skin and Laser, Dr. Kesty emphasizes the importance of comprehensive pre-treatment care to ensure exceptional results and prioritize your safety. Here is what you can expect:

  1. Consultation: Dr. Kesty will personally meet with you during a private consultation to understand your unique aesthetic goals, discuss your medical history, and address any concerns you may have. This one-on-one session allows for a thorough evaluation of your facial structure, skin condition, and your individual cosmetic goals.

  2. Medical Evaluation: Dr. Kesty will conduct a detailed medical evaluation to ensure that dermal fillers are a suitable option for you. Your medical history, including any allergies, medications, or prior cosmetic procedures or plastic surgery (including a rhytidectomy, eye lift, liposuction, botulism, facelift, mohs surgery, ha filler, pectus excavatum, excess sweating, chemical peels, skin cancer, dental restoration, elevated gastric acid, involvement in clinical trial, skeletal muscle disorder, acne treatments, thread lift, etc), will be carefully reviewed. This meticulous medical assessment is essential to tailor the treatment plan to your individual needs and ensure your well-being throughout the process.

  3. Customized Treatment Plan: Based on the information gathered from the consultation and medical evaluation, Dr. Kesty will create a personalized treatment plan. This plan will outline the specific type of filler, the targeted areas for treatment, the expected outcomes, and the number of sessions required to achieve your desired results.

Treatment Timelines for Restoring Facial Volume

Frequency and Duration of Treatments

At St. Petersburg Skin and Laser, we understand that each patient’s journey is unique. The frequency and duration of dermal filler treatments for facial volume loss may vary depending on factors such as the type of filler used, your individual response to treatment, and your desired outcome. Dr. Kesty will discuss the recommended treatment timeline during your consultation, taking into account your specific goals and expectations.

Recovery Timeline

Facial filler improves the appearance of your face almost immediately. Our patients at St. Petersburg Skin and Laser appreciate the minimal downtime associated with dermal filler treatments. While individual experiences may differ, most individuals can resume their normal activities immediately following the procedure. You may experience temporary redness, swelling (edema), bruising, or tenderness at the therapy injection sites, which typically subside within a few days to a week. Dr. Kesty and our dedicated team will provide you with comprehensive aftercare instructions to support a smooth recovery and optimize your results.

Post-Treatment Care: Ensuring Optimal Results

To ensure optimal results and maximize volume loss improvement, Dr. Kesty emphasizes the significance of post-treatment care at St. Petersburg Skin and Laser. Here are some essential guidelines to follow:

  1. Avoid Touching or Applying Pressure: After a dermal filler treatment with Dr. Kesty, it is important to avoid touching, feeling, or applying pressure to the treatment areas (and the entire face) for at least 24 hours. This allows the fillers to settle correctly and minimizes the risk of displacement (a type of dermal filler complication).

  2. Minimize Sun Exposure: Protect your skin from excessive sun exposure by wearing protective clothing and using a sunscreen with a high SPF. This precaution helps prevent pigmentation changes and safeguards the treated areas.

  3. Follow Skincare Recommendations: Dr. Kesty may recommend specific skincare products or routines to maintain the health and appearance of your skin. Following these recommendations will contribute to long-term results and overall skin wellness.

  4. Attend Follow-Up Appointments: To monitor your progress, address any concerns, and make necessary adjustments, Dr. Kesty will schedule follow-up appointments at her office. These visits allow These visits allow for ongoing evaluation of your treatment outcomes and ensure that you are achieving the desired facial volume restoration.

Learn About Facial Volume Loss

Where volume loss in the face most often occur?

Facial volume loss typically appears in various areas of the face as we age. Some common areas where facial volume loss occurs include:

  • Cheeks: The cheek area is one of the first areas where volume loss becomes noticeable. The fat pads in the cheeks begin to thin and descend, leading to a hollow or sunken appearance. The end result of cheeks filler is a natural lift in certain areas that is not noticeable to the human eye but leads to long lasting results of reversing the ageing process.

  • Nasolabial folds: These are the lines that run from the corners of your nose to the corners of your mouth (oral commissures). As facial volume decreases, these folds become more prominent.

  • Marionette lines: These lines run from the corners of the mouth down to the chin. Volume loss can cause these lines to deepen and become more noticeable.

  • Temples: The temples may become hollowed out due to fat loss, which can make the face appear more narrow and aged.

  • Eyebrows and forehead: Volume loss in the forehead can lead to a drooping appearance of the eyebrows and the development of horizontal forehead lines.

  • Under-eye area: Due to genetics and the aging process, fat diminishes in the under-eye area, and dark circles and hollows can become more apparent.

  • Lips: With age, the lips may lose volume and become thinner, and the border of the lips may become less defined. Lip filler can subtly enhance your smile and are a wonderful choice for the natural loss of volume and moisture in the lips.

  • Jawline and chin: Loss of volume in the lower face can lead to the appearance of jowls and a less defined jawline. The chin may also appear more recessed due to volume loss. A double chin can be produced by a recessed chin and jawline.

Deciphering the Causes of Facial Volume Loss

To effectively combat facial volume loss, understanding its causes is essential. While aging is a common factor, there are several other contributors.


Aging naturally leads to a decrease in skin elasticity and changing of the fat pads that give our face a youthful appearance. This can result in sagging cheeks, hollow areas under the eyes, and around the mouth. As collagen production decreases with age, volume loss and wrinkles become more evident.

Sun Exposure

Overexposure to sunlight accelerates your skin’s aging process, causing photoaging. The UV rays damage the collagen and elastin in your skin tissue, leading to loss of firmness and elasticity, subsequently causing facial volume loss.

Lifestyle Factors

Various lifestyle factors such as smoking, poor diet, and lack of exercise can also lead to facial volume loss. Regular physical activity can stimulate circulation and collagen production, helping to maintain facial volume.

Rapid Weight Loss

Rapid weight loss can lead to facial volume loss as your face also sheds weight. This can result in a sagging or hollow appearance in the facial area.

Health Issues

Certain health conditions like diabetes and autoimmune disorders can affect skin health, leading to facial volume loss. Addressing these underlying health issues is crucial for effective facial volume restoration. Medical aesthetics requires an understanding of the entire patient history and medical examination which is why we only have Board Certified Dermatologists do Cosmetic Procedures at St. Petersburg Skin and Laser.

Understanding the causes of facial volume loss is the first step in finding the right treatment solution. At St. Petersburg Skin and Laser, Dr. Kesty and her team provide comprehensive evaluations to determine the causes of your facial volume loss and craft a personalized treatment plan.

Restore Your Youthful Volume: Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Kesty at St. Petersburg Skin and Laser Today!

Are you ready to regain your youthful volume and revitalize your appearance? Dr. Kat Kesty and the team at St. Petersburg Skin and Laser are here to help you on your journey to facial rejuvenation. With our expertise in dermal fillers and personalized treatment plans, we can address your facial volume loss and help you achieve natural-looking, long-lasting results. Take the first step towards a more youthful and vibrant you by scheduling a consultation with our Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Kesty at St. Petersburg Skin and Laser today. Don’t wait any longer to reclaim your radiance and confidence!

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MORE FAQs about Facial Volume Loss and Dermal Fillers

How long do dermal fillers last in the tissue?

The duration of dermal fillers varies depending on the type and individual factors. Hyaluronic acid fillers typically last 6-18 months, while biostimulatory fillers, such as Radiesse and Sculptra, stimulate collagen production for longer-lasting results of up to two years.

What is the role of elastin in facial volume loss?

Elastin is a protein found in the dermis that provides elasticity to the skin. However, with aging, the production of elastin decreases, contributing to facial volume loss and sagging skin.

Is there any downtime associated with dermal filler treatments?

Generally, dermal filler treatments have minimal downtime. Some patients may experience temporary swelling, redness (erythema), or bruising (hematoma or open blood vessel) at the injection sites, but these side effects typically resolve within a few days.

Can dermal fillers be used for lip augmentation?

Yes, dermal fillers like Restylane, Kysse, Juvederm, and Belotero are commonly used for lip augmentation to enhance lip volume and shape, providing a more youthful and plump appearance.

Can lip filler look natural?

Yes, lip filler can look natural. Choosing a physician with expertise in dermal fillers is vital to having natural-appearing results. Always look at a physician’s before and afters from other patients to determine if they are a good fit for you.

Can dermal fillers be used to address sagging cheeks?

Yes, dermal fillers can be used for cheek augmentation to address sagging cheeks and restore lost volume in the mid-face area. This treatment can provide a lifted and more youthful appearance to the cheeks.

Can dermal fillers be used to address sagging skin?

Yes, dermal fillers can be used to address sagging skin by restoring lost volume and providing support to the skin. They can help improve the appearance of sagging cheeks, jawline, and other areas, resulting in a more lifted and youthful look.

What is the role of hyaluronidase in dermal filler treatments?

Hyaluronidase is an enzyme used to dissolve or break down hyaluronic acid fillers in case of complications, such as overcorrection or uneven results. It helps to reverse the effects of fillers and restore the natural appearance.

What is the difference between dermal fillers and Botox?

Dermal fillers and Botox serve different purposes. Dermal fillers are used to restore lost volume and plump specific areas, while Botox temporarily relaxes the muscles responsible for wrinkles and fine lines caused by facial expressions.

Are dermal filler treatments for face volume safe?

Dermal fillers have been extensively studied and approved by regulatory authorities like the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However, as with any medical procedure, there are potential risks and side effects, which can be discussed during the consultation with a skilled Physician. Dr. Kesty is a double board certified dermatologist with additional fellowship training. This makes her one of a handful of dermatologists in the United States with this level of qualification.

Do dermal fillers produce collagen in the skin?

Some dermal fillers, like biostimulatory fillers, such as Sculptra, work by stimulating the natural production of collagen in the skin. These fillers help replenish lost collagen, resulting in improved facial volume, texture, and firmness.

How does the dermis play a role in facial volume loss?

The dermis, the middle layer of the skin, contains collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid, which contribute to its structure and volume. As we age, the dermis undergoes changes, including the loss of collagen and elastin, leading to facial volume loss and the formation of wrinkles.

Can dermal fillers be used to address nasolabial folds?

Yes, dermal fillers can be used to address nasolabial folds, which are the lines that extend from the nose to the corners of the mouth. Fillers help restore volume in this area, reducing the appearance of these folds and creating a smoother facial contour.

How do dermal fillers improve facial contours?

Dermal fillers improve facial contours by restoring lost volume and enhancing specific areas of the face. They can be used to add definition to the cheeks, chin, and jawline, creating a more balanced and aesthetically pleasing appearance.

What is the role of lidocaine in dermal filler injections?

Lidocaine is a local anesthetic often included in dermal filler formulations to minimize discomfort during the injection process. It helps ensure a more comfortable and pain-free experience for the patient.

How long does the dermal filler procedure typically take?

The duration of a dermal filler procedure varies depending on the treated areas and the amount of filler required. In general, the procedure can be completed within 30 minutes to an hour, and patients can resume their normal activities immediately afterward.

Can dermal fillers be combined with other cosmetic treatments?

Yes, dermal fillers can often be combined with other cosmetic treatments, such as Botox injections or laser skin resurfacing, to achieve comprehensive facial rejuvenation. Combining treatments can provide synergistic effects and enhance overall results.

Are dermal fillers suitable for all skin types?

Dermal fillers are suitable for most skin types. However, it is essential to have a consultation with a skilled provider who can assess your specific needs, skin condition, and medical history to determine the most appropriate treatment approach for you.

How soon can I see the results after dermal filler injections?

The results of dermal filler injections are often visible immediately after the procedure. However, minor swelling or bruising may initially mask the full results. Once any temporary side effects subside, the final outcome becomes more apparent.

Do dermal filler injections require anesthesia?

Most dermal filler injections do not require general anesthesia. However, some fillers may contain lidocaine, a local anesthetic, to minimize discomfort during the procedure. Additionally, topical numbing creams or ice can be used to further enhance comfort.

Can dermal fillers be used for chin augmentation?

Yes, dermal fillers can be used for chin augmentation to enhance the size, shape, and projection of the chin. This non-surgical approach can improve facial harmony and profile without the need for invasive surgery.

Are there any age restrictions for receiving dermal filler treatments?

There are no strict age restrictions for receiving dermal filler treatments however most people would only inject them in an adult without an allergy to any component of the filler. The suitability of dermal fillers is assessed on an individual basis, considering factors such as skin condition, aesthetic goals, and overall health. A consultation with a qualified provider with a medical license can help determine the most appropriate methodology and treatment plan, which may include a minimally invasive procedure such as botox and filler.

Can I take medication before or after receiving injectable filler treatments?

It is important to consult with your healthcare provider or the administering professional regarding any medications you are taking. They can provide guidance on whether it is safe to continue or temporarily stop certain medications before and after the injectable filler treatment to minimize potential risks or interactions.

How do injectable fillers enhance aesthetics?

Injectable fillers enhance aesthetics by restoring lost volume, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, and improving overall facial harmony. They can help achieve a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance, enhancing the natural beauty of the face.

What is subcutaneous administration mean?

Subcutaneous administration refers to the technique used to deliver dermal fillers into the subcutaneous layer of the skin. By injecting the filler beneath the surface, it can effectively restore volume, treat moderate to severe facial volume loss, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, improve acne scars, stimulate skin tightening, address facial wrinkles and folds, improve skin tone, and enhance facial contours.

Can facial expressions be affected after receiving injectable filler treatments?

Injectable fillers are designed to enhance facial features while maintaining natural movement and expressions. However, in rare cases, excessive or incorrect placement of fillers may temporarily affect facial expressions. It is crucial to choose an experienced and skilled provider to minimize such risks.

Is it normal to experience bruising after injectable filler treatments?

Bruising is a possible side effect of injectable filler treatments. However, not everyone experiences bruising, and its severity can vary. Applying ice or cold compresses to the treated area after the procedure may help reduce the likelihood and intensity of bruising.

Can injectable fillers cause itchiness?

Itchiness is a rare but possible side effect or complication of injectable filler treatments. You may have an allergy to the medicine or your cosmetics or you have have an infection (rare). If you experience persistent or severe itching after the procedure, it is important to contact your healthcare provider at their clinic for further evaluation and guidance.

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