Dermal Fillers

Collagen and Elastin are two crucial fibers as it relates to the youthfulness of our skins. As we get older and or get more exposure to the sun, these break down. Hence, our skins don’t bounce back or are as firm as it used to be. It is a natural process and happens just because we are alive and living. Granted that there are some elements that contribute to this affecting some more than others. Most of these elements such as genes are beyond our control.

Fortunately, plastic surgeons like ours at Modern Surgical Arts of Denver can help you make those lines as smooth as butter with cosmetic fillers. There are several cosmetic fillers that can help you improve the appearance of your eyes, mouth, cheeks and overall face. These fillers will enhance every part of your face to make you look as young as you feel (or even younger). Cosmetic fillers are safe and have been used by over a million Americans to enhance or rejuvenate their appearances. You don’t have to worry about age or other factors wearing you down. Read on for more information about cosmetic fillers so that you can make an educated decision.

You can also contact us as well as book your consultation so that we can speak with you in person to listen to your concerns, ascertain your goals and recommend the filler(s) necessary to meet those goals.

What are Cosmetic Fillers?

Cosmetic Dermal Fillers, sometimes called soft tissue fillers, are small injections of gel, typically made up of hyaluronic acid; it fills in wrinkles and adds volume and fullness to soft tissue. Dermal fillers are frequently placed in the lips but is also placed in different parts of the face including around the eyes, cheeks, mouth as well as jawline. Hence, it doesn’t require surgery or much downtime and is normally cost-effective. You’ll look as good as you use to or even better.

It is important to note that not all procedures are for everyone. Generally, good candidates for fillers include those who are physically healthy, do not smoke, and are committed to maintaining good skin health. We at Modern Surgical Arts of Denver will of course consult with you prior to treatment, ascertain if it’s right for you and guide you through the process.

How do they work?

Fillers restore volume to your face and plump areas so that deep-set lines are smoothed. After a treatment; lips can become full, plump and unwrinkled. There will be a reduction or removal of shadows and wrinkle under the eyes and if you had any recessed scarring; cosmetic fillers can soften or fill in the scarred area. As we get older, our bodies stop producing collagen and elastin, both of which contribute to a more youthful look. In addition, unfortunate incidents may have happened along the course of our lives which leave us with scars. With cosmetic fillers though, these issues don’t have to affect our daily lives or appearances, in fact, this can be a boost in confidence and overall, your life.

How long do they last?

The life of dermal fillers depends on how your body reacts to the treatment and it also depends on the type of dermal filler that is used, but most dermal fillers will last between six and twelve months while others can last longer. We at Modern Surgical Arts, do a full medical analysis to provide you with the best treatment for your specific skin. At the consultation, you can let us know more about you and your concerns.

Do fillers have side effects?

With everything, there can be side effects and we at Modern Surgical Arts will ensure that we collect pertinent information from you and perform all relevant checks of your medical history to ensure cosmetic fillers are for you. Side effects are not something to be scared of but guidelines for us to make sure cosmetic fillers are right for you and to ensure that you are prepared for any minor signs that may result due to the treatment. Please keep in mind that these may or may not occur.

Common side effects from cosmetic fillers include:

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Itching
  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Rash

Rare side effects from cosmetic fillers include:

  • Infection
  •  Leakage of filler through the insertion site
  • Nodules
  • Injury to blood vessels
  • Tissue death
  • Movement of the filler from one area to another

If you notice anything that may seem abnormal or cause any concern, do reach out immediately.

Different Types of Cosmetic Fillers

Calcium Hydroxyapatite

Calcium Hydroxyapatite is found naturally in human bones and is a mineral-like compound. It’s most often used for:

  • Enhancing fullness of cheeks and other facial contours
  • Improving volume in areas of facial wasting

It is biosynthetically produced which lowers the risk of an allergic reaction. This filler is known to produce very natural results, does not migrate, and side effects are rare. This filler is great for those who want their face to look perkier or shaper. Brand names include Radiesse.

Hyaluronic Acid

These injections can be utilized to improve the contour of the skin and reduce depressions in the skin due to scars, injuries, or lines. This provides improvement for:

  • Acne scars
  • Cheek depressions
  • Frown lines between the eyebrows
  • Marionette lines at the corner of the mouth
  • Some facial scars

It is a substance that is found in the body and high concentrations can be found in soft connective tissues and in fluids surrounding the eyes. Acne is a skin issue that many battle with and the scars can leave one feeling low. Any scar or facial depression can severely affect how you perceive you. This filler is one that leaves your face full and lovely. Scars, marionette lines and frown lines will be a thing of the past with the hyaluronic acid filler. Your face will look so fresh, you’ll believe you were just blessed with a new one. Brand names include Juvederm and Restylane.


This is semi-permanent dermal filler used by surgeons to perform procedures such as:

  • Treating wrinkles such as nasolabial folds and depressed scars
  • Plumping thin lips
  • Enhancing cheekbones and the jawline
  • Treat facial wasting

If you want your lips to have a little more meat, smoother lines, livelier cheekbones or jawlines then this might be the filler for you. Remember letting us know what your goals are crucial in what fillers we recommend.

Polylactic Acid

Polylactic Acid is a synthetic filler that when injected into your face causes your body to produce its own collagen. This type of filler is called a stimulant.

It is known to work particularly well in the lower portion of the face, and is used to:

  • Fill lines caused by laughing
  • Plump thin lips
  • Treat deep nasolabial folds

This is also a stimulant, which causes the body to produce its own collagen, so results appear gradually over several months. It’s funny that fill lines are caused by laughing but should that prevent you from laughing? No! It’s a natural part of our designs as humans. At Modern Surgical Arts of Denver, we want to keep laughing and enjoying life without ever being self-conscious of your appearance. This might be the filler for you to smoothen those laugh lines without stealing your smile.

Brand names include Sculptra Aesthetic.

Polymethyl-methacrylate Microspheres (PMMA)

This a semi-permanent filler and is most often used to treat medium to deep wrinkles, folds, furrows, and nasolabial folds. It is used when a more permanent solution is desired and has been used for many years in permanent surgical implants.

Downsides of PMMA include that more than one injection is needed to create volume and it can take months to see results, additionally it may be visible under the skin. Brand names include Bellafill.

After Cosmetic Fillers

Most activities can be resumed right away, but it is recommended that physical activity is avoided for the first 24-48 hours to minimize swelling and bruising. If you notice any extra swelling or bruising, contact us right away. We may recommend a certain regime for you to follow as it relates to skin care and other activities. Depending on the filler you selected, our specialists will provide guidelines as well as a recovery plan.

Although receiving fillers are a quick procedure, proven to be effective and safe, we recommend you utilize only expert doctors who has specialized training and a thorough understanding of facial compositions such as we do at Modern Surgical Arts of Denver. Our certified plastic surgeons have years of experience and training with using fillers and know where to inject, how to do so and how much to use. You don’t have to worry about being overdone or underdone. They do it just right the first time.

That’s why we listen first with a consultation. This is your opportunity to let it all out. Modern Surgical Arts ensures that our experts understand exactly what your goals are so that they can provide the best ways to achieve them.

Our support staff have years of training and experience, and always ensure our patients feel secured and satisfied with every procedure. Book your consultation today to speak with us further so that we can ascertain which cosmetic filler(s) are right for you.

You can go on that date, take that vacation or even walk to your office in confidence. Once you are rejuvenated with cosmetic fillers, you’ll be amazed at how it positively affects your strut and your mood. You’ll find yourself smiling even more and appreciating that person in the mirror like you ought to.

Feel free to do your own research to know more about cosmetic fillers or schedule your consultation with us. We implore that just like surgical procedures you give these injectable, non-surgery fillers the same level of curiosity and care you would surgical procedures. We also can’t reiterate enough how important it is after this rejuvenating non-surgical procedure to have and maintain skin care regime that keeps your skin happy and healthy. Even months after, self-care is crucial, and we implore all our patients to not neglect self.

Always remember our staff are ready to serve you. Whatever questions or concerns you may have as it relates to cosmetic fillers, don’t fear sharing this with us. We are all ears as we want you to be confident and comfortable with any procedure we provide. Here’s to a beautiful life, in and out. We are looking forward to speaking to and providing the filler you need soon.