Cosmetic Dermatology
Dermal Fillers

With new cosmetic developments occurring at such a fast pace, Dr. Hirsch urges all patients to make certain that they work with an experienced, board-certified dermatologist to ensure proper safety with treatment. Never be afraid to ask your physician about their training and qualifications, or what their experience is with a particular procedure or device. Since any type of procedure can carry potential side effects, it is crucial to entrust your face and body only to qualified, experienced hands.

Hyaluronic acids are safe, temporary, non-animal forms of hyaluronic acid gel, a naturally occurring substance that binds water to cells that are injected to fill out creases and lines. The most common areas to have done are lips, nasolabial folds (the aging lines on both sides between the nose and mouth), smile lines, lines under the eyes that cause the appearance of dark circles, and drooping corners of the mouth.

While no procedures are without risk, injections with dermal fillers have minimal side effects, particularly when compared with surgical anti-aging options. The most common is slight bruising. Swelling is usually most prominent 24 hours after treatment but short-lived. Less common problems can include allergies, but this is very rare.

Dr. Ranella Hirsch is the author of several articles and book chapters on the subject of dermal fillers. She is an acknowledged expert in the use of combination treatments with assorted fillers to maximize your final result.

Dermal filler treatment is well suited for:

  • Folds and wrinkles of the face
  • Accenting and plumping lip size
  • Smoothening vertical lip lines
  • Acne scars
  • Nonsurgical nasal reshaping
  • Facial sculpting
  • Naso-labial folds (upper and lower laugh lines) and frown lines
  • Depressed corners of the mouth
  • Augmentation of cheek bones, chin or bridge of the nose