Dermal fillers are FDA-approved and used for the cosmetic treatment of fine facial lines, wrinkles, and folds. Injectable dermal fillers can also be used to plump or add volume to thin lips. Dermal fillers are composed of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance found in every living cell. Fillers contain synthetic gel forms of hyaluronic acid derived from non-animal sources and are highly compatible with the body. When the gel is injected, it acts like an inflated cushion to support facial structures and tissues that may have lost volume or elasticity with normal aging.
Hyaluronic acid also brings water to the surface of the skin to keep it looking fresh and supple. The gel is injected into the skin through a fine-gauge needle at the site of unwanted lines and wrinkles. While dermal fillers are generally safe, dermal filler treatments should be performed by a professional to avoid complications and serious side effects at the injection site.
Hyaluronic Acid Fillers
Hyaluronic acid fillers are temporary dermal fillers that restore skin moisture and diminish signs of aging. It’s main ingredient, hyaluronic acid (HA) is a primary component of the skin and is responsible for that plump and hydrated look. Benefits of HA fillers include anti-aging, moisturizing, anti-wrinkle, restore skin elasticity, and treat eczema and redness. HA fillers are safe and allergic reactions are rare with this type of filler because hyaluronic acid is naturally produced by the skin.
Hyaluronic acid fillers can last up to 18-24 months or longer. Like any cosmetic procedure, there is no guarantee of complete satisfaction, or that wrinkles and folds will disappear completely. Additional treatments may be required to achieve desired results, and visible outcomes will vary per patient. To maintain the desired effect, we recommend follow up treatments before the effects of the last treatment wear off.
Sculptra is an injectable dermal filler that has been on the market since 1999. In 2014, the FDA approved Sculptra Aesthetic for treating facial wrinkles and folds on the face to give a more youthful appearance. Sculptra works by stimulating collagen production, the protein that creates a smooth, radiant skin and youthful look. The main ingredient in Sculptra injections is poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), a biocompatible synthetic substance that acts as collagen stimulator. Sculptra treatments can be used to treat deep lines, creases, and folds and can be used to restore facial volume loss due to aging or illness.
Schedule a consultation with our board-certified aestheticians at Knott Street Dermatology in Portland, Oregon to get the injectable fillers that best match your skin and address your needs.
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Alicia McCarthy, ND
Dr. Alicia McCarthy earned her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology degree from California State University of Fullerton in 2008 and her Naturopathic Medical degree in 2017 from National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR. The twelve years Dr. McCarthy spent working in emergency medicine as an EMT set the foundation for the provider she is today. She now specializes in aesthetic medicine, dedicating her continuing education and practice to staying current on the latest techniques and products. Dr. McCarthy believes in aging gracefully. She takes the time to sit down with each patient and find out what this means for them.
Prior to joining Knott Street Dermatology, Dr. McCarthy had her own practice in Lake Oswego focused on aesthetic medicine, hormone balancing, thyroid conditions, and IV medicine.
Originally from Southern California, Dr. McCarthy has lived in Portland for the last eleven years. When she is not working Dr. McCarthy stays busy with her two young kids, husky pup, and husband. They enjoy spending time outside, camping, swimming, and playing at the park.
Rachel Almada LE,CAE
Rachael graduated from the Aesthetics Institute in 2020 and recently acquired a Bachelor of Arts from Portland State University. Coming from a dermatology background, Rachael has a passion for skin health and sun protection. Her favorite part about being an Advanced Aesthetician is helping patients reach their skin goals and watching their confidence build because of it. She understands that everyone’s skin requires its own unique approach whether it’s a treatment plan or a skincare regimen.
When she is out of the office, Rachael enjoys traveling, trying new food, making art, and doing pretty much anything outdoors – especially if it includes her Doberman-mix pup, Rubio!
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