What Are Dermal Fillers?

As you age, your features may lose some of their youthful volume, and wrinkles and folds may develop around your face. Dermal fillers in Maryland can address these changes non-surgically, rejuvenating your appearance in a conservative, effective, and natural-looking way.

Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery provides a wide range of dermal fillers. The breadth of our product lines allows us to offer treatment for every stage of need, and the women and men in our care typically see their physical age restored by five to ten years.

Our board-certified surgeons conduct all of our dermal filler procedures and offer more than 20 years of experience in both non-surgical and surgical rejuvenation techniques. Their expertise contributes to excellent outcomes and greater comfort for our patients.

Ready to learn more about what we can do for you? Reach out to Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery in Bethesda, Maryland and set up your consultation to start exploring the surgical and non-surgical methods by which we can help you love the way you look and feel.

Understanding Injectables at Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery

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Are Dermal Fillers Right for Me?

Dermal fillers are injectable solutions that offer a non-invasive option for restoring fullness and smoothness to your facial features, resulting in a naturalistically youthful look. These treatments are lasting but not permanent, providing you with a significant aesthetic benefit without serious commitment or downtime.

So how do dermal fillers work? Many of the lines and wrinkles that form as we age appear because our bodies produce less collagen and elastin. Dermal fillers restore lost volume with synthetic hyaluronic acid while also encouraging your body to create more collagen and elastin, rejuvenating your appearance from the inside out.

These treatments create impressive results with a delightfully brief treatment experience, enabling you to return to your normal routine in less than an hour. Most patients only experience some redness and tenderness at the treatment site, but these after-effects fade quickly, leaving you to show off a rejuvenated look to the world.

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What are the Benefits of Dermal Fillers?

Different dermal fillers have different formulations, active ingredients, durations of benefit, and consistencies. As a result, the team at Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery uses each of the products for specific purposes. Some of the most common ways we help patients are:

  • Returning definition and volume to the lips
  • Reducing the severity of nasolabial folds, which are the facial lines that develop between the nostrils and the edges of the lips
  • Limiting the appearance of the marionette folds (lines that run vertically from the corners of the mouth)
  • Softening and filling out areas that have lost fullness over time, such as the cheeks and temples.
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Types of Dermal Fillers


The Juvéderm line of products uses a modified form of hyaluronic acid: a naturally occurring substance that helps moisturize, soften, and volumize the skin. Individual products offer different consistencies so that a patient’s features feel natural and full following treatment.

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Juvéderm Volbella®

If you have had problems with lipstick running, or if your lips aren’t as plump and defined as in years past, Juvéderm Volbella can add fullness to your lips, create a starker border with the surrounding skin, and address fine lines that may have developed around the mouth.

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Juvedérm Voluma

Volume can restore fullness to your cheeks if you’ve had moderate to severe volume loss. Most of our patients receive two doses per session—one for each cheek—to restore crucial facial volume that may have been lost over time.

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Juvéderm Vollure®

Vollure fills in nasolabial folds, decreases the cheek-lip depression, and reduces the appearance of marionette folds below the corners of the mouth. It may be used in combination with Volume in the cheeks to create a softer, more natural-looking result.

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Restylane has one of the longest histories on the market among dermal fillers. While our doctors occasionally use the “standard” formulation for deep nasolabial and marionette folds, we also offer targeted treatment with other products in the Restylane line.

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Restylane Contour

We are proud to be among the first to offer the newest product in the Restylane family, Restylane Contour. This product is specifically designed to volumize the cheeks and midface, creating impressive results without any significant downtime.

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Restylane Lyft

Restylane Lyft is one of our favorite products for patients who need a lot of filler in different places. We can introduce Restylane Lyft in areas like the cheeks, nasolabial folds, and vertical lines below the lips, where it creates naturalistic results.

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Restylane Refyne

The Restylane Refyne dermal filler product is great for reducing the appearance of fine lines around the lips and for adding volume to lips that have lost fullness over time. These are some of the most common areas impacted by facial aging.

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Restylane Defyne

Restylane Define sets itself apart by offering patients a thicker consistency than Restylane Refyne. This makes it ideal for treating severe marionette lines and nasolabial folds and addressing more moderate to severe facial aging.

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Belotero is one of the most lightweight dermal fillers on the market. Filling in moderate nasolabial folds and deep tear troughs below the eyes. Resolving the latter condition can help you look more rested and alert.

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Sculptra® Aesthetic

Sculptra Aesthetic enables our doctors can restore youthfulness to the face in areas such as the temples and around the cheeks when volume loss has impacted your look and created a somewhat tired or even gaunt appearance.

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RHA® Collection

The RHA collection of designer fillers is the latest advancement in hyaluronic acid filler technology. Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery is proud to be one of the exclusive providers offering this brand of filler, so you can enjoy naturalistic yet dynamic results.

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Your Dermal Filler Consultation

When you come in for your initial consultation at CCFPS, you’ll have the opportunity to speak at length with your doctor about your aesthetic concerns and goals. Because we provide a range of solutions, we can recommend an approach that is based on your needs rather than limited by our offerings. If possible, bring in photos of yourself at an earlier age, as this can help guide our treatment planning.

The Dermal Filler Treatment Experience

In most cases, patients can get dermal fillers in Maryland on the same day as the consultation. Here’s what you can expect in our care:

  • We will clean and apply ice to the areas that we will be treating. This will desensitize the skin for a more comfortable experience. 
  • All of the dermal fillers that we use also contain lidocaine, an anesthetic that leaves the injection site numb and pain-free for about an hour.
  • Your doctor will add the dermal filler in the areas that you discussed in your consultation.
  • Depending on the location and number of injections, we may apply a special cream afterward to limit the possibility of bruising.
  • Mild swelling, redness, and tenderness will form the extent of your after-effects. These conditions will fade quickly, and your practitioner will let you know exactly what you can expect in advance of your treatment session.
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Your Sculptra Injection Session

Treatment with Sculptra is a little different. You will receive a topical anesthetic beforehand, and we will also use a “chiller” device during the process to mitigate any potential discomfort and ensure that your experience is a pleasant one.

Whether you get Sculptra or another dermal filler, the appointment won’t take long, and you should be able to return to most of your normal activities afterward. Following your appointment, we recommend that you ice the areas where you received filler. 

We will see you back in our office two weeks later so that we can review your results. Knowing whether and where we need to add more filler in future sessions helps us fine-tune your treatment over time and give you the best results possible.

Your Dermal Filler Results

Dermal fillers vary in their duration. For example, Belotero and Restylane last about six months, while Refyne, Defyne, and most Juvéderm products last about a year. With Sculptra, patients usually have a total of two or three treatments spaced six to eight weeks apart, and their improvement lasts about two years. When you feel like you need a touch-up with any of these dermal fillers, we welcome you to schedule a follow-up visit with Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery.

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Dermal Fillers FAQ

How can dermal fillers restore lost volume in the face?

What are some benefits of considering dermal fillers vs. other options for facial rejuvenation?

How can dermal fillers restore lost volume in the face?

As people age, one of the first major changes they might notice is a loss of volume in their faces. This often happens because of a combination of the skin losing elasticity, a change in the composition of fat, and the way that muscle tissues interact. Over time, the result of these factors is a hollow, sagging appearance.

Dermal fillers are one of the best ways to replace the hollowness that can naturally appear when a person ages. They are a series of gels that Dr. Porter injects under the skin in order to restore plumpness and fullness back to the face. The procedure itself is quite simple. Patients arrive at Dr. Porter’s office, and then the areas that require treatment are marked. Dr. Porter will then inject the fillers into the targeted spots, where they will take the place of lost tissue and provide a more youthful shape. Some dermal fillers even encourage the production of collagen or reverse the appearance of wrinkles to give the face a natural boost. In particular, dermal fillers are good options for:

  • Filling out hollow areas in the cheeks
  • Restoring volume and definition to the lips
  • Eliminating nasolabial folds and marionette folds

Because dermal fillers are injectable, they provide immediate results for patients without the need for surgery or other procedures. Patients simply need to take 15 minutes out of their day to receive the injections, after which they’ll leave with a face that looks plumper and younger.

What are some benefits of considering dermal fillers vs. other options for facial rejuvenation?

Dermal fillers aren’t the only method of restoring fullness to the face, but they are one of the best. While every patient has slightly different needs, dermal fillers answer the call for many situations, filling in hollowness in the cheeks and temples, reducing the appearance of certain wrinkles, and helping to plump the lips.

One of the biggest benefits of dermal fillers is the lack of downtime paired with immediate results. Patients can get dermal fillers at Dr. Porter’s office on their lunch break and return to work that very same day without missing a beat. It won’t take days or weeks for results to reveal themselves—patients will be able to see a difference in the mirror right away, while some other facial rejuvenation procedures are more invasive, have a longer recovery time, and take an extended period before the final results can be seen.

Results from dermal fillers also last longer than many other procedures. Patients simply need a single appointment to achieve success, after which they won’t need to return to Dr. Porter for a touchup for six months or more. Other procedures can require multiple touchups over the course of a few weeks or months.

Finally, results from dermal fillers are subtle and reversible. If the patient is unhappy with the look, Dr. Porter can often dissolve or touch up the filler to adjust the result. Other facial rejuvenation procedures can be irreversible, which is a major problem if the patient isn’t happy with how it looks.

Get immediately smoother, fuller features with no downtime. Schedule an appointment for dermal fillers online or by calling our office at (301) 618-0733.

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