Dermal Filler

Dermal Filler

Dermal Filler

Restoring A More
Youthful You.

Restoring A More
Youthful You.

At Charlotte Skin & Laser, our goal is to help you look and feel your best with safe and effective treatment options. Dr. Elizabeth Rostan uses dermal fillers to naturally restore contour and lift your skin to achieve a refreshed appearance.

Dermafillers in Charlotte NC


The goal of cosmetic fillers is to restore the youthful and natural balance and contour of your face. As we age, we lose thickness in the structures and tissues that support and fill out facial skin. At Charlotte Skin & Laser, Dr. Elizabeth Rostan specializes in restoring facial volume to lift the skin, smooth lines, and return a natural contour to the face.

Areas Treated By Filler

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Dermal fillers are injectable substances used to fill in wrinkles and lines, add volume to soft tissue, and restore a youthful appearance to the face. They are commonly made of materials such as hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxylapatite, poly-L-lactic acid, or polymethylmethacrylate beads suspended in a gel-like solution.

They can smooth away moderate and harsh wrinkles, fill in hollow depres- sions, augment the lips, and more.

For patients who are seeing the early stages of age-related volume loss, a “liquid facelift” that combines injectable fillers with a neuromodulator like Botox can restore a more youthful appearance, possibly delaying the need for more invasive plastic surgery procedures like facial fat transfer.

That said, dermal fillers will not provide the same level of facial rejuvenation as a cosmetic surgery like a facelift. Results are far more subtle and temporary.

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There are many types of dermal fillers. In addition to “off-the-shelf” fillers that use synthetic (manmade materials) and substances that naturally occur in your body, healthcare providers can use fat from your own body.

Filler Results

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What to Expect

Before Treatment

Consultation with a qualified healthcare professional to discuss goals, medical history, and determine suitable filler.

Examination of treatment areas, discussing outcomes, risks, and precautions.

Allergy Testing may be recommended to ensure no adverse reactions.

During Treatment

Numbing Cream or Anesthesia may be used for comfort.

Precise placement of filler using a fine needle or cannula.

Monitoring and Adjustments to ensure desired results.

After Treatment

Immediate Effects: Temporary swelling, redness, or bruising can be managed with cold compresses or pain medication.

Gradual Results: Fuller, smoother appearance develops over a few days as filler integrates.

Follow-up Care: Post-treatment instructions provided for optimal results and to minimize complications.



Fillers are gel-like synthetic products made up of various chemicals designed to mimic chemicals that are naturally present in the body. Some are composed of hyaluronic acid (HA), while others are made of calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) or poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA).

These products are injected into the targeted area, where they create either immediate or gradual volume. Fillers slowly and safely break down over the course of months or in some cases years. Patients can return for maintenance treatments to preserve their filler results.

Hyaluronic acid fillers increase the supply of hyaluronic acid in the skin. HA bonds with water molecules in the tissues to create new volume.

At the start of a treatment session, the intended injection sites are cleansed. They may be marked as a guide for the injector. Precise amounts of filler are then injected into the marked areas.

Many fillers contain lidocaine, a local anesthetic, providing numbing against any pain or discomfort. For fillers that do not contain lidocaine, local or topi- cal anesthesia can be administered before the injections are delivered.

For hyaluronic fillers, patients can see results immediately after the treatment. Radiesse’s results are also instantaneous. Sculptra’s results appear gradually and typically start to appear around 6 weeks after the treatment session.
The patient may experience minor bruising, redness, tenderness, or swelling in the treatment areas. The area may feel numb or sensitive. Aftercare instructions will be provided to the patient.
The results of HA filler injections can last anywhere from 6 months up to 2 years, depending on the specific filler product chosen. Results for stimulatory fillers can last 12 to 24 months and in some cases even longer.
Side effects — which tend to occur around the injection site — can be immediate, but usually clear within 7 to 14 days:

  • redness
  • swelling
  • pain
  • bruising
  • itching
  • rash
While there are several alternatives to fillers, most (like neuromodulators, CO2 skin resurfacing, and Venus Viva) are designed to treat shallow lines rather than moderate or harsh wrinkles. For volume restoration, alternatives are typically surgical in nature and are therefore much more invasive.

In The Media

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What is Sculptra?

Sculptra is an injectable filler agent that contains microparticles of poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), which is a biodegradable product from the alpha-hydroxy acid family. Biodegradable.

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Surprising Uses For Fillers

Correcting moderate-to-severe facial wrinkles and skin folds. Increasing fullness of lips, cheeks, chin, under-eye hollows, jawline, and back of the hand.