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Introduction to Dermal Fillers

At our plastic surgery boutique on 5th avenue in NYC, dermal fillers are one of our most popular non-surgical treatments. In just a matter of minutes, using specialty fillers we’re able to add volume to your face, giving you a younger and more refreshed appearance. Our NYC dermal fillers patients find that the treatment almost instantly gives them more self-confidence, making them look and feel years younger!

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What are Dermal Fillers?

Sometimes referred to as Injectable Implants, Soft Tissue Fillers, or Wrinkle Fillers, Dermal Fillers are medical devices that are FDA-approved for use in helping create a smoother and/or fuller appearance on your face. These fillers can be inserted into your cheeks, chin, lips, back of your hands, or your nasolabial folds (the lines that go from the sides of your nose to the edges of your mouth).

Who are the Best Candidates for Dermal Fillers?

We believe the Best Candidate for Dermal Fillers is anyone who:

  • Doesn’t smoke
  • Is committed to maintaining good skin health
  • Has a positive outlook and maintains realistic improvement goals
  • Is physically healthy

We do not recommend Dermal Fillers if you have any of the following issues:

  • Allergic to Animal Products/ Bacteria/ Collagen/ Eggs/ Local Anesthesia
  • Bleeding Disorder
  • Have a Joint/ Tendon/ Blood disease that affects your hands
  • Skin is currently Inflammed or Infected

*People who receive this treatment should not have had BOTOX or dermal fillers for two weeks.

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What are the Benefits of Dermal Fillers?

There are so many advantages to getting Dermal Fillers in NYC! Here are just a few of the benefits we’ve seen first-hand in our patients:

  • Beneficial for your skin
  • Boosts your Collagen
  • Emboldened Confidence
  • Improve Scarring appearance
  • Long-lasting
  • No downtime
  • Plumpness
  • Subtle and Immediate results
  • Works well with BOTOX

What’s the First Step?

The first step to getting dermal fillers in New York with Dr. Lao or Dr. Nao is to book a consultation. During your one-on-one appointment, one of our doctors will provide a full assessment of your face, listen to your questions, and provide our expert recommendations.

If you and Dr. Lao both feel that dermal fillers are the best solution for your needs, we’ll then decide on which filler is most appropriate. The treatment can be done right then and there, or at a later date when you’re more comfortable.

Lip fillers (Lip Injections) in NYC

Dermal Fillers are a great way to give your lips more volume and plumpness. They are also a great way to smoothen any wrinkles, restore your previous lip size, or correct the shape of your lips.

During a Lip Injection, a topical anesthetic will be applied to your lips, numbing the area so the process will be as comfortable as possible. Dr. Lao will then use a thin needle to inject the filler into any or all parts of your lips. While you won’t feel any pain, you may experience a slight pinching sensation, which may cause discomfort in some patients. When the injections are complete, you will be given an ice pack to minimize swelling and bruising. This procedure will take as little as 30 minutes or as long as 2 hours. Lip Fillers typically last between 12 and 18 months, however, depending on your age and metabolism, that time may be less.

What to Expect on the Day of Dermal Fillers

When you come into Dr. Lao’s office for your Dermal Fillers, he will begin by evaluating your facial appearance and skin tone, examining the areas that will need to be augmented. He may mark strategic points on your face where he intends to place the injection. There may also be photographs taken before you are treated.

The injection sites will then be cleaned and sanitized with an antibacterial agent. A cold compress may be utilized to numb the injection sites to cause you less pain or discomfort, as well as either an anesthetic ointment applied or an injection of local anesthesia. Dr. Lao will then inject the site(s) with the filler – this will only take a few moments per site. Once the injections are finished, the areas will be gently massaged and evaluated, with additional filler added if needed.

Finally, any markings will be cleaned off and you may be offered an ice pack to reduce any swelling and alleviate discomfort. The whole process can last anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour.

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Dermal Fillers Recovery

The recovery time from a Dermal Filler procedure will vary from patient to patient, as well as which type of filler was used. You can typically resume most activities as soon as you leave Dr. Lao’s office, but we do recommend avoiding intense physical activity for the first 24-48 hours to help prevent any additional swelling or bruising.

After receiving dermal fillers, you may have an initial appearance of swelling or bruising, an “overfilled” look, temporary numbness or redness, palpable lumps near the injection site, or hypersensitivity. These conditions will dissipate over time and can be alleviated with topical icing and gentle massage. When your fat is used as an injection filler, you may experience a longer healing process that can take up to a few weeks.

Why Choose Dr. Lao?

Dr. William Lao is a board-certified plastic surgeon who is proud to have attended Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Lao has over a decade of experience and has been listed as a Top Doc in the aesthetic magazine, NewBeauty. Dr. Lao has also recently reached Expert Injector status, an accomplishment given to under 30 medical practices in New York City.

How Much Do Dermal Fillers Cost in NYC?

The price of Dermal Fillers in New York City can vary. When you come in for your consultation, Dr. Lao will sit down with you in his private office to discuss pricing and any options you may have.


Do Dermal Fillers hurt?

Some patients may feel a slight pinching sensation as the filler is being injected, but there is usually no pain involved with Dermal Fillers. You may experience some mild tenderness the following few days, but this can be easily treated with an ice pack or cold compress.

How Long does it take to see the results of Fillers?

The wonderful thing about Dermal Fillers is that the results are seen almost immediately! There may be some mild swelling, bruising, or redness that will subside in a few days, but most patients can witness the results as soon as they leave our office.

What are the risks associated with Fillers?

Although Dr. Lao uses the latest technology, cleanest conditions, and years of experience to provide you with positive, safe results, there are some risks involved:

More Common

  • Bruising
  • Itching
  • Rash formation
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness

Less Common

  • Allergic Reaction
  • Infection
  • Necrosis (tissue death)
  • Open or Draining Wounds
  • Raised bumps in or under the skin
  • Soreness at the injection site

How Long Do Fillers Last?

Most last for a very long time, however, some dermal fillers are naturally absorbed over time. The length of the effects depends on the filler material used and the area where it is injected. Typically depending on the type of filler, it can last between 6 months to 24 months.

Schedule Your Consultation

If you’d like to schedule a consultation for dermal fillers in NYC with Dr. William Lao, please contact us today. We look forward to helping you look and feel more youthful, confident, and energetic!

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We’re here to help, with a number of patient resources designed to make your experience as comfortable as possible. Read through the materials below, and don’t hesitate to reach out and set up your consultation to learn more about what we can do for you.

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