Dermal Fillers

Dermal Fillers

Ralph A. Massey, MD Santa Monica & Encino, CA

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers in Santa Monica are minimally invasive injectables used for cosmetic treatments.

Fillers are used to treat soft-tissue defects in the face, such as moderate to severe facial wrinkles, as well as to enhance the lips and address facial volume loss.

The Science Behind Dermal Fillers Treatments

Volume loss is a common side effect of aging, since the skin doesn’t manufacture as much collagen as it used to and with time and gravity everything starts to droop. The cheeks, temples, backs of the hands, and jawline frequently become hollow with age. Thin lips may also occur. Additionally, wrinkles like the nasolabial folds, perioral lip lines, and marionette lines appear in the midface region.

Dermal fillers correct volume loss by plumping the skin. Fillers supplement the skin tissues’ supply of naturally occurring substances such as hyaluronic acid (HA). Hyaluronic acid is a protective lubricating gel produced naturally by the body.

One of our most popular fillers we offer is Restylane, an FDA-approved dermal filler that contains hyaluronic acid. Restylane is an excellent option for addressing signs of facial aging.

Who Are the Best Candidates for Dermal Filler Treatment?

Candidates for dermal fillers therapy should be adults without any known allergy to Restylane products. You may be ineligible for the treatment if you are pregnant, breastfeeding.

Patients who are concerned about the loss of volume in their face, particularly in the cheeks and lips, are the best candidates for dermal filler therapy. Restylane is safe for both men and women, and works equally well for people with lighter and darker skin tones.

Your Dermal Filler Consultation

Dr. Ralph A. Massey will discuss prices, preparation, and the treatment process with you during your dermal filler consultation. At your appointment, Dr. Massey will create the optimal treatment plan for you, and you will discuss your health history and dermal filler treatment goals.

The Procedure

It should take roughly 30 minutes to complete your dermal filler treatment. While there may be some mild discomfort with the procedure, sedation or General anesthesia is not required, which allows patients to avoid harmful side effects and prolonged recovery times.

First, the targeted areas are marked. Next, Dr. Massey injects one or more syringes of dermal filler into your skin, depending on the regions being treated.


Dr. Massey will allow you to resume normal activities immediately after Restylane injections. Temporary minor swelling, redness, soreness, or bruising, may occur after filler treatment. Intermittent use of ice packs will help mitigate these side effects if they occur.

When Will I See Results?

Dermal filler treatment produces immediate results. People generally report being very satisfied with their treatment results, which typically last about six to eight months. After this time, patients can return for maintenance treatments.

How Much Do Dermal Fillers Cost?

The cost of dermal fillers is not covered by health insurance, since anti-wrinkle injections are considered cosmetic treatments. The number of injections you’ll need, the size of the treatment region, and the specific filler being used are all factors that influence the price.

See Optimal Results with Dermal Fillers Today

To discover more about dermal fillers in Santa Monica, schedule a consultation with Dr. Ralph A. Massey, an experienced and qualified cosmetic surgeon. Your consultation with us is the first step toward achieving the youthful and beautiful appearance you desire.

Your Dermal Fillers will be performed by Dr. Ralph A. Massey himself, within his certified outpatient surgery center in Santa Monica.

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