Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are an effective, minimally invasive option for patients who want to correct the lines, folds, and depressions in their aging skin, and achieve natural-looking results, without surgery.


A dermal filler is a soft-tissue filler that adds volume to the cheeks, lower face, lips, or hands. This added volume effectively fills in both fine lines and deep creases. There are different types of dermal fillers, all of which have different main active ingredients. To determine the optimal dermal filler for your individual case, contact our office to schedule a consultation. In some cases, treatment can be performed on the same day.


Dermal fillers can diminish the appearance of wrinkles and restore skin’s volume in any of the following places:

  • Sides of the nose. Lines commonly form from the sides of the nose to the corner of the mouth. These nasolabial folds are also known as laugh or smile lines.
  • Below the mouth. Wrinkles which extend downward from the corners of a patient’s mouth, or marionette lines, are treatable with dermal fillers.
  • Corners of the mouth
  • Cheeks
  • Lips: Patients can volumize both their upper and lower lip with certain dermal fillers.
  • Forehead
  • Area between the eyebrows
  • Areas suffering from acne or burn scars
  • With certain fillers, patients can restore lost volume to the backs of their hands.



Many dermal fillers achieve their remarkable, natural results by injecting a serum of hyaluronic acid in the deep and mid-level tissues in a patient’s face. Hyaluronic acid itself has a tendency to attract and retain moisture. In fact, hyaluronic acid is a polymer naturally occurring in our own bodies; youthful skin is firm and smooth thanks to the hyaluronic acid in our systems keeping our collagen and elastins healthy and happy. Unfortunately, as we age, our body produces less of this moisture-supporting component. Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers re-introduce this beneficial substance back into the places where our skin has drooped, depressed, or wrinkled. The skin responds positively to the injection, and the results look natural, because your body is accepting something it is already accustomed to benefiting from in its system.



Juvéderm XC hyaluronic-acid-based gel injection is known best for smoothing moderate to severe lines and wrinkles. The most common injection sites are located on the face such as lips, smile lines and cheeks. Juverderm lasts up to 6 months but it also depends on your metabolism. JUVÉDERM® XC also has lidocaine to insure your injection session is as painless as possible. 



Voluma is the first FDA approved filler used to correct volume in the face due to the natural ageing process. As we age our buccal fat located in our cheeks is slowly pulled down the face by gravity. Voluma is most commonly used to build volume in the cheeks and to correct jowls. Voluma can last up to a year but this also depends on your bodies metabolism. 



Sculptra is an aesthetic injection that helps stimulate your bodies own natural collagen production. Sculptra is FDA approved to gradually help patients achieve a more youthful appearance. Common injection sites are cheeks and the buttocks. Sculptra lasts for 2 to 3 years for patients and is considered to be a very wise investment.



KYBELLA® is the very first FDA approved injection that destroys the fat cells underneath the chin that causes the “double chin” appearance. Results are noticeable up to 4 days after being injected and the results are permanent. Depending on your goal and how much fat needs to be removed multiple vials may need to be administered. Most patients require up to 1 to 2 vials per session and up to 2 to 3 sessions.


  • See moderate or early signs of aging in their face or hands.
  • Are in overall good health.
  • Are not pregnant.
  • Are non-smokers.
  • Do not have an allergy to lidocaine (not present in all dermal fillers.
  • Have an open-mind toward the results possible with a cosmetic procedure

Dr. Murphy may advise candidates with more advanced signs of aging to consider a surgical procedure like a facelift or brow lift to achieve their best results.


Most dermal filler sessions can be completed in as little as 15 minutes, or at most an hour, depending on the injection material chosen and the desired outcomes identified by Dr. Murphy and his patient.

Minor pain is possible during a dermal filler injection, but many patients report it is tolerable. Patients can receive a topical or local anesthetic to make their experience more comfortable. After receiving their dermal filler, Dr. Murphy’s patients will briefly be monitored and assessed to guarantee they have the healthiest, most ideal outcome and recovery.


Recovery time varies based on the patient and the dermal filler they have received. Dr. Murphy and his team will help each patient form and feel comfortable with their ideal recovery plan, as well as their expected timeline of recovery.

Swelling and bruising may occur after a dermal filler injection. Temporary numbing or redness of the injected areas is also possible; ice pack treatments can help diminish any swelling or discomfort.

Patients are advised to avoid intense physical activity for one to two days after their injections, while they will be able to return to work on the day of their procedure, if they choose.

Patients will follow-up with Dr. Murphy to discuss healing, results, and the patient’s future skin health.


Dermal fillers are a natural, effective way to fill in wrinkles, lines, scars, and depressions, while improving the overall health and volume of a patient’s skin. Results may vary for each patient, depending on the patient’s body and the type of dermal filler received.

Patients who receive dermal fillers generally enjoy the disappearance of wrinkles and lines around their mouth and forehead, report increased volume in their cheeks, lips, or skin itself, and see an improvement in their depressions and scars. Similarly, if patients received dermal fillers in their hands, they see restored volume and youthfulness in the backs of their hands.

Results are usually visible immediately, but patients will see their best results once swelling subsides. Dr. Murphy will follow-up with you periodically after your treatment, to discuss with you ways of seeing your longest-lasting results possible.

Not all patients may be able to achieve their desired improvements with dermal fillers; Dr. Murphy may advise they will achieve their best results through a surgical procedure, like a facelift.


During a consultation at Pearwood Plastic Surgery, Dr. Murphy will take into account a patient’s medical history and daily lifestyle, as well as the current effects of sun and aging on the patient’s skin, to form the most individualized, effective treatment plan possible for each patient. Dr. Murphy and his staff want to work with patients to meet their cosmetic goals, while also providing the service that is exactly right for them.

After a consultation with Dr. Murphy, patients can be provided with a custom quote for their dermal filler treatment.

Contact Pearwood Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation today!

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