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Many people think that the idea of having plastic surgery is frightening. But currently, there are several other ways you can revitalize your skin without actually going under the knife. Dermal fillers are one of the most popular, nonsurgical alternatives for solving aging skin problems. Dermal fillers, better known as “injectables” or “soft-tissue fillers,” do just what their name suggests — they fill in the space beneath the skin. Some fillers are natural and some are synthetic, but they all work to improve the appearance of aging skin in the subsequent ways:

Filling in wrinkles, fine lines, and deep creases
Improving other flaws like scars
Filling out thin or wrinkled lips
Plumping up cheeks
Contouring the jaw line and other parts of the face

Dermal filler techniques are commonly completed in a doctor’s office on an outpatient basis. Depending on the variety of filler you select, your dermatologist may need to give you a skin assessment before the procedure, often to find out if you are sensitive or allergic to the filler.

During the procedure, the doctor will give you a series of skin injections, the amount and depth of which will depend on the goal that you are trying to achieve. Next, you can typically return to your regular routine immediately, but your physician may recommend that you keep out of the sun and avoid strenuous activities for at least a day.

In November 2008, the FDA posted an extensive list of approved dermal fillers — along with their benefits and side effects — on its Web site. All of our filler products have been approved for use by the FDA.