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Dermal Fillers

Tampa Bay Eye and Facial Aesthetics

Sara Creekmore, D.O.

Ophthalmologist & Eye Surgeon & Facial Aesthetics located in Lutz, FL

Dermal Fillers & Facial Balancing

What are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are a non-surgical cosmetic treatment used to restore volume and enhance facial
features. These injectable gels are made of a smooth, biocompatible substance, typically
hyaluronic acid, which naturally occurs in the body. Dermal fillers can effectively address signs
of aging, such as fine lines, wrinkles, hollowed cheeks, and thinning lips. With the skillful touch
of a board-certified ophthalmologist and experienced injector like Dr. Sara Creekmore, D.O.,
dermal fillers can provide you with natural-looking and rejuvenating results.


Who is a Candidate for Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are suitable for a wide range of individuals looking to enhance their appearance
and reverse the signs of aging. Candidates for dermal fillers include those who:
- Wish to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles, lines, and folds.
- Desire to restore volume to areas that have lost fullness, such as the cheeks and lips.
- Seek to improve the overall contour and symmetry of their face.
- Have realistic expectations and a desire for a non-surgical approach.
During a personalized consultation, Dr. Sara Creekmore will assess your individual concerns
and goals to determine if dermal fillers are the right solution for you.


How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last?

The duration of dermal fillers can vary depending on several factors, including the specific filler
used, the area treated, and the individual's metabolism. On average, most dermal fillers can
provide results that last between 6 to 18 months. However, it is important to note that individual
results may vary. Dr. Creekmore will discuss the expected longevity of your chosen filler during
your consultation.


How Can Dermal Fillers be Used to Balance the Face with an 8-Point Lift?

Dermal fillers can be strategically placed in multiple areas of the face to achieve a balanced and
harmonious appearance. One popular technique is known as the 8-point lift, which targets key
areas to restore volume and lift sagging skin. The 8-point lift focuses on specific facial points,
including the cheeks, temples, nasolabial folds, and jawline, to create a more youthful and
rejuvenated look.
As an experienced injector with over a decade of experience in facial aesthetics, Dr. Sara
Creekmore has a deep understanding of facial anatomy and can expertly perform the 8-point lift
technique using dermal fillers. During your consultation, she will evaluate your unique facial
structure and recommend a personalized treatment plan to help you achieve optimal results.

Do Dermal Fillers Hurt?

At Dr. Creekmore's practice, patient comfort is a top priority. Before the treatment, a topical or
injectable anesthetic may be applied to the treatment area to minimize any potential discomfort.
Additionally, most dermal fillers are formulated with lidocaine, a local anesthetic, to enhance
your comfort during the injection process. While you may experience some mild discomfort,
many patients report minimal pain during the procedure.


Post-Care Instructions for Dermal Fillers:

After receiving dermal filler treatment, it's important to follow the post-care instructions provided
by Dr. Creekmore to ensure optimal results and a speedy recovery. These may include:
- Avoiding strenuous exercise for 24-48 hours following treatment.
- Applying ice packs to the treated area to reduce swelling and bruising, if recommended.
- Avoiding excessive touching or massaging of the treated area for a few days.
- Using sunscreen to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.
- Attending any scheduled follow-up appointments to assess your results and address any