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What Are Fillers?

January 12, 2016

FillersAs we age, our skin begins to droop and become thinner, thus making us look older. Many people find that they develop “marionette lines” (permanent lines from the base of their nose to their chin) or divots between their eyebrows that don’t go away even when their face is relaxed. When you start to notice these types of lines or a general lack fullness and elasticity, it may be time to consider fillers.

But, what are fillers? Fillers are injections that add plumpness back to your skin and can literally be used to “fill in” some of the lines on your face. There are several type of dermal fillers and choosing the right one depends upon chemical makeup, longevity, and varying degrees of softness. For instance, a softer filler would be used to plump up a patient’s lips while a sturdier one would be used to enhance cheekbones.

Some fillers you may have heard of include Juvederm, Restylane, or Radiesse. Fillers are typically made from substances found in our bodies like collagen, hyaluronic acid, or calcium hydroxylapatite. These substances are eventually absorbed back into the body. The most popular fillers contain hyaluronic acid. According to WebMD, “How long the results last varies from several months to over a year or two. Some research shows that repeated injections may help stimulate the body’s own natural production of collagen. That will help reduce the number of lines and wrinkles. There is also some evidence that less filler is needed over time to achieve the same look.”

Dermal fillers have jumped in popularity over the last decade because they are quick and easy and much less expensive than a face lift. Unlike surgery, there is almost no downtime and patients can return to their daily life almost immediately. However, there can be side effects like an allergic reaction or bumps forming under the skin. That is why it is important to choose a certified physician to administer your filler. Side effects are rare and fillers have been found to be very safe, but you should work with a doctor who is knowledgeable in using the right type of filler for the right purpose. Your doctor should also participate in ongoing training and education.

So, if you have noticed that years of sun exposure, frowning, and laughing along with aging have left your skin looking “tired” you can probably rejuvenate your appearance quickly and easily with dermal fillers.

Age Management, Botox, Featured, Fillers

Skin Care 101: 5 Tips for Avoiding Sun Damage

September 25, 2014
Skin Care 101

Skin Care 101

Phoenix, Arizona is called the Valley of the sun for a reason. With nearly a full year’s calendar worth of sunshine, Phoenix can be one of the most enjoyable places to live from a weather stand point, but one of the worst places to live when it comes to protecting your skin.

Many Arizonans who have lived in the constant sunshine have paid the price with wrinkles, sun damage and sometimes even skin cancer. Due to how severe the repercussions of sun exposure can be, it is important to know the proper steps to take to be proactive, avoiding these skin care problems all together.

You may be able to receive Botox or dermal fillers to reverse fine lines and wrinkles, but it’s difficult to erase decades of skin damage and nearly impossible to reverse the side effects of skin cancer.

This article will tell you the best preventative steps to take when it comes to protecting your skin from sun damage. These steps include:

• Staying in the shade
• Covering up
• Using sunscreen
• Watching out for photosensitivity
• Following a daily skin care routine

Stay in the Shade:

When sunshine is always around you, it can be difficult to avoid. While other states have lots of large trees that provide ample amounts of shady coverage, Arizonans find themselves struggling to seek shelter from the sun. The best thing to do is to stay indoors as often as possible during the sun’s peak hours, typically between 10 am and 2 pm. By staying inside during the hottest part of the day, you are protecting your skin from unnecessary exposure to UV rays.

However, staying inside for that long every day might not always be a realistic option. So other ways to avoid being in direct sunlight involve finding coverage under umbrellas or overhangs that you might find at pools, beaches or any other outdoor areas. Also, avoid sunbathing or any activities that put you in the sun for extended periods of time. The less direct exposure you get from the sun, the better off your skin will be.

Cover up:

It is no secret that there are many situations that will put you in the sun for hours on end. When this is the case, it is important to cover up as much of your skin as possible, while still being comfortable. If you are spending the day at the beach or an afternoon watching your kid’s soccer game, full coverage is the name of the game.

By wearing a hat and sunglasses that protect your face, or a bathing suit cover up that covers your shoulders and stomach, you are less likely to suffer from sunburns. Women can wear maxi dresses that provide full stomach and leg coverage while still staying cool, whereas men can wear linen pants and light weight shirts to cover up as well.

There are many options to choose from when finding clothes that provide you with coverage but also allow you to stay cool in some of the hottest summer months. When it comes to clothing, try looking for pieces that have SPF built into them! These clothing options will be even more protective than your regular every day attire.

Use Sunscreen:

This tip might seem like the most basic part of protecting your skin, but many people forget to put on sunscreen, or forget to reapply throughout the day. This mistake leaves them with bad sunburns and long-term skin damage. When people get badly sunburnt, it usually happens when they leave the house without realizing how much sun exposure their daily activities will give them.

Sometimes even running a few simple errands can leave you with a sunburn. The best practice to follow in order to avoid this situation is to always apply some level of sunscreen on your body before going out for the day. Starting your day off on the right foot with a coating of sunscreen is the safest and smartest choice any Arizonan can make.

When Phoenix reaches its peak temperatures of 110-115 degrees, there is no excuse for forgetting your SPF. It is virtually impossible not to get burnt on days like these, so it’s best to take the proper precautions.

Another mistake people tend to make is forgetting to reapply sunscreen regularly throughout the day. If you are spending your day at the lake or by the pool, one application of SPF 50 is simply not enough.

It is important to reapply your sunscreen once every hour or hour and a half, and to do so after you have dried off when your skin is no longer wet. Once you have reapplied, avoid going back in the water until your skin has had time to absorb the sunscreen, usually about 30 minutes.

Watch for Photosensitivity:

Many people who are taking prescription medicines don’t know whether their medication has side effects of photosensitivity or not. Many acne medications or medications that center on skin problems have this side effect, so it is important to understand this information.

In the simplest terms, photosensitivity is an abnormally high sensitivity to sunlight. Most people who are suffering from this are at greater risk of sunburns than the average individual.

For people who are on these particular medications, it is extremely important for them to take extra precautions of avoiding sun exposure and protecting their skin. The aftermath of being sunburnt when you are on these prescriptions is highly painful, resulting in rashes, skin peeling, and eczema like reactions.

Be sure to look at this list of common medications with photosensitivity to know if your medication comes with this side effect.

Daily Skin Care Routine:

Even though it is important to take extra precautions during the peak summer months, it is beneficial to have a daily skin care routine that ensures your skin is healthy and always being protected from potential sun damage.

For both men and women, it is important to wash your face in the morning and at night, moisturizing immediately after. Washing your face in general is a good practice to avoid acne or breakouts, but it also helps to keep your skin healthy in the long run. Moisturizing is also important, especially in Arizona, because your skin needs moisture to keep itself hydrated.

It is important to use a moisturizer with SPF in it to help you take that one extra step of protecting your face from sun damage. Even something as simple as SPF 10 or 15 can make a huge long-term difference in keeping your skin looking young and healthy.

Additionally, for anyone who applies makeup on a daily basis, it is good to have a foundation or cover-up with SPF in it as well. These are usually between SPF 15 and 25, but doing this in addition to applying sunscreen is the key to avoiding sun damage.

Your Best Skin

Sometimes, no matter how many precautions you take to avoid sun damage, you end up getting wrinkles or discoloration. If this has happened to you, don’t sweat it! Simple treatments like Botox or dermal fillers can fix these problems with ease, and DreamBody’s convenient Scottsdale location is just the place to do it.

Even though these treatments are always available, it’s good to take those little extra steps to keep your skin as healthy as possible. Regardless of what your particular skin problem may be, taking care of your skin helps keep it hydrated, clear and looking younger than ever.

Featured, Fillers

How do Dermal Fillers Work?

May 5, 2014

Woman Happy After Fillers

Dermal fillers are one of the best options for individuals who want to age gracefully, without looking old and tired!  Robin Wright, star of Netflix’s “House of Cards” has said about Botox: “I use the tiniest sprinkle of Botox twice a year, just one unit, and it’s just sprinkled here and there to take the edge off”.  She goes on further to state “Everybody does it. I suppose I can’t say ‘everybody’ because I don’t know for sure, but come on… I think most women do 10 units [of Botox], but that freezes the face and you can’t move it.” While Botox is a viable option when performed properly, never injecting too much to leave a “frozen” look, Fillers are another unique option that can provide extremely positive results for those looking to reduce their wrinkles and turn back the clock.

Dermal Fillers 101

Dermal filler is actually a broad term that covers many different products.  There are three main categories of fillers which include collagen based fillers, hyaluronic acid based fillers, and collagen stimulating products.  At DreamBody Medical Centers, we offer Juvederm, a hyaluronic acid fillers.

Collagen based dermal fillers are derived from human, porcine and bovine sources.  Most collagen based fillers require allergy testing prior to use to ensure no allergic reaction will result, especially if their ingredients are derived from an animal source.  Collagen injections are usually needed at one or two month intervals to achieve the desired result.  Brand names include Zyderm, Artefill, and Autologen, as well as many others.   Collagen lip injections remain in-demand because they give clients the appearance of plump and youthful lips.

The hyaluronic acid based fillers are popular for many reasons.  These do not require pre-allergy testing because they are derived from synthetic sources.  They also require less injections for the desired result, and the results usually last months to years.  Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in the spaces between the cells of body tissues.  Juvederm and Restalyne are popular brand names of “HA” fillers.  HA fillers swell the tissues, smoothing away wrinkles and restoring plumpness to sagging areas.

Collagen stimulating products such as Sculptra do not rely on the volume of substance injected for results like other dermal fillers.  Instead, products like Sculptra and Radiesse stimulate long-term collagen production when they are injected into the skin.

The History of Dermal Fillers

How long have professionals been using dermal fillers?  Paraffin wax injections in the early and mid 1900s were the first dermal fillers, but fell out of favor due to complications.  Silicone was next used in the 1940s, but banned because of adverse reactions.   The first injectable substance approved for soft-tissue augmentation by the FDA was Zyderm in the 1970s, an injectable collagen.  Injectable collagen remained the only option for dermal fillers until 2003, when the FDA approved a hyaluronic acid filler, Restylane, which remains a popular dermal filler. In the past few years, substances that stimulate increased collagen production have been approved and are becoming used more and more often. Juvederm, an FDA approved product is the first of its kind to have a smooth consistency, giving you the best results possible.

Benefits of Dermal Fillers

So what are the benefits of dermal fillers?  Some surgeons have started calling them “liquid facelifts”, and I think this is a pretty accurate description.  After treatment with most dermal fillers, skin becomes smoother, fuller, and more youthful-looking.  Fullness can be added to areas of the face such as the lips, cheeks and forehead.  It is a fast and effective way to smooth facial lines, define lip borders, and add fullness and plumpness to thinning lips.

How Dermal Fillers Work

All dermal fillers work in similar but uniquely different ways.  Collagen-based dermal fillers are injected into the dermis. This dermis layer is made up of the protein collagen, which is a key support structure in your skin.  Collagen fillers can be used to decrease the signs of aging such as wrinkles and fine lines, as well as fill scars and add volume.   Collagen fillers are derived either from human skin or animals, including cows and pigs.  The human derived collagen fillers may be autologous, which means they are harvested from your own body and processed into a liquid, injectable form.  This liquid can be stored safely and reused for up to five years.  Human cadaver skin is also harvested, sterilized, and processed under strict regulations to provide collagen fillers.

Hyaluronic acid fillers contain a substance that is found in most living creatures.  It is part of the network that transfers essential nutrients from the bloodstream to skin cells.  It has been extracted and reformulated and now has become one of the most popular kinds of injectable fillers.  Hyaluronic acid is not derived from animal sources.  After injection into the skin, hyaluronic acid swells and this swelling plumps the skin, adding lost volume to it.  This plumping reduces fine lines and wrinkles, and add youthful-looking contours to the face.  The skin remains elastic so one does not get the “frozen face” look seen in users of Botox.

Collagen stimulating products contain polylactic acid, which stimulate your own production of collagen.  This product is of course different than the collagen injection or hyaluronic acid fillers, and actually will require a few monthly visits to achieve the desired results.  Results are more gradual but are also semi-permanent, as a polylactic acid substance will continue to stimulate the body to increase its production of collagen.


Dermal fillers can smooth and plump problem areas of the facial skin.  If you are experiencing loss of lip fullness, fine and deep lines, and sagging cheek areas, you may want to speak to a professional to decide which dermal filler is right for you.  You may be a candidate for dermal fillers if you want to restore plumpness and firmness to drooping areas, smooth wrinkles, and create an overall more youthful appearance.  Also, if you are experiencing “parentheses” around the mouth, sagging to the cheeks or bags underneath the eyes, then dermal fillers may be just what the doctor ordered.   Contact us at 480-907-3917 or book an appointment online.  Dermal fillers can take years off the face in a safe and non-invasive manner, with results that can be long-lasting.


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The Science of Dermal Fillers Susan H. Weinkle, MD.  Medscape Education Dermatology


Featured, Fillers

Why Should I Get Fillers in My Face?

February 26, 2014

Why Should I Get Fillers

An anti-aging treatment that doesn’t include incisions or anesthesia sounds too good to be true, right? Filler injections help rejuvenate and refresh your face by using a naturally occurring substance found in our skin. With so many available treatments out there, it can sometimes get overwhelming when trying to pick the best option for you and your skin! Like everyone else, as we age we lose collagen in our skin leaving unwanted wrinkles behind.

Fillers are an easy way to add volume to your face, plumping and lifting cheeks making you look like you did years ago. Since fillers stiffen the collagen in your skin, they also help to prevent more wrinkles from forming.

For those patients who don’t want a dramatic change and want to avoid the surgical table, this is the perfect solution. The filler process is quick and easy using simple injections to give you a younger, more full look. Once completed, you can go about your day and even plan a night out to show off your new look! There are no instructions needed for after care, so say goodbye to the usual “recovery time”. If it’s not age that you’re worried about quite yet, filler injections are a great way to bring volume and fullness to your lips. Still not convinced? This quick and simple treatment shows results the very same day. Don’t let the aging process slow you down from getting the look you want. Watch those deep lines and wrinkles disappear instantly, leaving you with more confidence than ever before.

Did we mention that it’s not just women finding interest in this miracle makeover? Men are just as cautious about the wrinkles that come along with aging, so it’s never shocking to see men in the DreamBody office.

Fillers can be mixed with other treatments as well, such as Botox, which DreamBody also offers as an anti-aging treatment. Both are used to help renew the look of your skin and smooth out those annoying lines. We even offer both the services at the same time if needed; now that’s efficient!

Repeat treatments are needed for many non-permanent solutions to skin. Depending on the type of filler, results tend to last up to one year before you’ll want to make an appointment for your next visit. To schedule your filler consultation, click here.

Age Management, Botox, Fillers

Botox or Fillers – Which is Right for Me?

February 22, 2013

Like many
men and women, you may be at that point in your life where you are ready to make a positive change and move in a new and younger direction. The problem is choosing what
age-management treatment
to go with in order to make this positive change. We are here to simplify and compare two of the most common treatments offered at DreamBody in
Scottsdale, AZ.

The two contenders are
Botox and Fillers. While most have heard of Botox, Fillers haven’t quite gotten the same amount of publicity from celebrities like Botox has. Both options will leave you looking younger and more refreshed.

So, how to decide which is right for you…

What is the process?

Botox & Fillers – both require simple injections

When will I see results?

Botox – you will begin to see results a few days after the treatment

Fillers – you will see results instantly

How long do they last?

Botox – tends to last about 3-4 months

Fillers – tend to last up to a year

What does the treatment actually do?

Botox – smoothes
fine lines
, leaving you
Fillers – fill in the wrinkles and fine lines you have, adding natural fullness back into your face.

Now that you know the basics of Botox and Fillers, you can make a knowledgeable and informed decision!

Age Management, Botox, Fillers

3 Treatments to Keep Your Skin Looking Young and Fresh

December 13, 2012

We always hear about the latest ways to lose weight, feel great and look beautiful, but do any of those things really work? At DreamBody, we are all about treatments that actually work so rather than listing off 15 “amazing” new tricks, take a look at these three sure-to-work beauty treatments you can get to keep your skin in tip-top shape through these dry winter months.

Whether your age is getting the best of you or your constant smiling is causing wrinkles, Botox is a quick and easy fix. Celebrities and house moms alike have been getting this treatment for years to keep their skin looking young and fresh.

Fillers are another great way to keep your skin looking smooth and wrinkle free. The results of fillers can last up to a year, making it a great option if you are looking for something longer lasting. If you have a holiday party coming up that you want to look great for or just want a fresh start for the New Year, fillers may be the key!

Looking for something a bit more wide-ranging? IV Therapy treatments are a great option because not only do they improve your skin, they help improve your overall health as well! All of the nutrients that your body receives during the IV Vitamin & Mineral Therapy session give you a boost of energy, help you to fight off those winter sicknesses and also give your skin a healthy glow from feeding it so many great nutrients.

This holiday season, improve your skin and your self-esteem with the help of Botox, fillers, or an IV Therapy treatment. You will love the way you look and feel after one of these treatments, and what better time to do so than before the holidays or at the start of a new year?

Fillers, Videos


December 29, 2011

At DreamBody we offer Juvederm fillers. They’re pretty much the same type filler, just different name brands. Patients do have preferences and we’ll inject accordingly. Candidates for fillers are someone with very deep lines that are not able to get injected through BOTOX. Generally below the nose is the most common area to get a filler. Around the lips or in the lips as well. The benefits of receiving filler is pretty much an instant result. You’re going to see the area plump up and the lines decrease right before your eyes. Fillers can definitely go hand in hand with BOTOX. You can do both areas below your nose for a filler, above your nose for BOTOX on the very same day. Fillers tend to last about a year, depending on which filler we use and what area we use it in. If you use a lot of filler in one area, it’s going to last longer than if you spread one syringe of filler in multiple areas.

Age Management, Botox, Fillers

Fillers are a money-saving alternative to expensive facial creams

December 21, 2011

We are bombarded with ads for creams and lotions that promise a miracle cure for wrinkles. The ads are everywhere – in magazines, on TV, online, and in the aisle of every grocery store and department store. The makers of these creams, lotions, and gels tell us that they contain secret formulas and advanced scientific ingredients that will make us look years younger in a matter of days. Some of these products do actually help, but they are expensive and must be used on a regular basis for an indefinite period of time. A better way to achieve wrinkle free and plumper, more youthful looking skin is to invest in fillers.



Dermal Fillers

instead of

Expensive Creams

give you longer lasting results. While anti wrinkle creams are, in general, less expensive than fillers, you use more and it you need to replace the creams on a regular basis for an indefinite amount of time. The creams also don’t work as quickly as fillers. Creams can take weeks or even months to produce results, while fillers refresh your face in just days. In the long run, the facial creams are more costly than fillers.

Fillers are simple injections that add a fullness and elasticity to the face and skin, bringing back the youthful glow that used to be there. There are three types of fillers offered, and they each consist of slightly different components that affect the skin in slightly different ways.


is a gel made of hyaluronic acid, which occurs naturally in your skin and binds with the water in your skin to add more volume.


is a calcium-based microsphere gel. It is injected into the skin and adds volume, but also stimulates collagen growth to help keep you looking youthful.


Is a collagen injection that is long-lasting and erases wrinkles while supporting the skin.

So, the next time you are considering trying the latest expensive wrinkle reducing cream, considering saving money by looking into facial fillers! Contact a cosmetic medical professional to find which type is right for you and say good bye to those expensive creams and lotions while saying hello to a new, refreshed looking you!

* Individual results may vary and are not guaranteed.