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Everything You Need to Know About Dermal Fillers

By Dr. Charles J. Galanis

Many changes come with the aging process, some of which can dramatically impact your appearance. Aesthetic changes often result from the natural decline in collagen and elastin that comes with age. 

When collagen and elastin production decreases, it leads to a loss of volume that can cause wrinkles, fine lines, sagging skin, hollow cheeks, and more.

Over-the-counter skin care products often promise to resolve these age-related changes, but they may fail to produce real results. Instead, many people choose to use cosmetic procedures to address signs of aging. 

One popular cosmetic procedure that is minimally invasive and produces significant results is dermal fillers. At Galanis Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills, CA, we provide a wide range of dermal fillers and injections to address age-related changes and other cosmetic concerns. 

Learn more about the most popular dermal filler options below.

What Are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are injectable compounds that aim to resolve certain cosmetic concerns by adding volume and boosting collagen. These concerns may include age-related changes or issues such as thin lips, weak jawlines, and more. 

Dermal fillers are minimally invasive outpatient treatments. These treatments usually don’t require any recovery or downtime, giving patients a simple solution to some of the most common aesthetic issues they face. 

The Benefits of Facial Fillers

Dermal fillers can be used to address a wide range of cosmetic concerns. Injectables like dermal fillers can be used to:

  • Smooth fine lines and wrinkles
  • Add volume to hollow cheeks
  • Enhance cheekbones
  • Create a more structured jawline
  • Plump thin lips
  • Fill sunken areas under the eyes
  • Creating fuller buttocks

There are numerous dermal filler products available and each one can produce slightly different results. 

Types of Dermal Fillers and Injectables

When it comes to dermal fillers, the experienced medical team at Galanis Plastic Surgery offers several treatment options. These include the following product lines:


Restylane is a line of dermal fillers that can be used to address many different signs of aging, including wrinkles, forehead creases, frown lines, and more.


Juvederm is a family of popular dermal fillers. Various products in the line can be used to address certain types of wrinkles, enhance the cheekbones, or plump the lips. Juvederm is a great choice for patients who want to see fast results, as it quickly stimulates collagen production.


Radiesse is a much smaller injectable than Restylane or Juvederm. For this reason, it is often the go-to facial filler for cosmetic issues such as fine lines around the mouth, crow’s feet around the eyes, or small forehead creases.


Sculptra is an innovative injectable that can be used on the face or other areas of the body. It is often used in non-surgical Brazilian butt lifts to add volume and fullness to the backside. 

Sculptra also sets itself apart from other product lines because of its longevity. While the results from brands like Juvederm and Radiesse can last anywhere from nine months to a year, Sculptra results can last as long as three years.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers present a minimally invasive option for treating things like thin lips, wrinkles, sagging skin, and loss of volume. These cosmetic concerns are often found in older individuals, due to a natural decline in collagen and elastin production that occurs with age. 

However, you don’t have to wait until your body loses collagen to benefit from dermal fillers and injectables. Patients as young as 25 to 30 can seek dermal fillers to plump their lips or enhance other features. 

The best way to find out whether you are a good candidate for facial fillers is to have a consultation with the team at Galanis Plastic Surgery. Plastic surgeon Dr. Charles Galanis and our staff will evaluate your skin and facial features to determine whether dermal filler injectables might be the best treatment option to meet your aesthetic needs.

How Are Dermal Fillers Administered?

Once you’ve been deemed to be a good candidate for dermal fillers, our staff will work with you to determine which areas could benefit from treatment.

During your dermal filler procedure, injections will be made just under the surface of the skin in predetermined areas.

Dermal fillers are a quick and simple outpatient procedure. After the injections are complete, you can expect to return home and resume normal activity right away. The short length of time the procedure requires is one of the many reasons patients choose dermal fillers for their cosmetic concerns. 

Depending on the type of dermal filler used, it may take several weeks to see the complete results of your treatment. Fillers like Juvederm and Restylane may show quicker results than injectables like Sculptra. 

Results can last anywhere from nine months to three years, depending on the brand of dermal fillers that you have and the specific area that has been treated.

Dermal Fillers in Beverly Hills

When you notice age-related changes in your face, it could be time to consider dermal fillers. Dermal fillers can resolve issues like sagging skin, hollow cheeks or under eyes, and hanging jowls. They can also be used to add fullness to thin lips. 

Dr. Charles Galanis provides a range of popular facial fillers, including options from the Restylane and Juvederm family of fillers, at Galanis Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills, CA, where he serves patients in LA and across Southern California. These injectables can help restore volume and fullness to your face and create a more youthful appearance. 

To learn more about dermal fillers or schedule a consultation, contact us online or by phone today.

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