Dermal Fillers

Dermal Fillers

Wrinkles and deep lines are only part of the story when it comes to aging. Our faces lose volume as well, in our cheeks, jawline, forehead, and temples. Many people, however, aren’t ready for an invasive procedure such as a facelift to restore a youthful appearance. That’s why dermal fillers such as Restylane® are so popular for San Francisco Bay Area residents seeking a non-surgical option for facial rejuvenation.

Dermal fillers, when injected by a board-certified facial plastic surgeon such as Dr. Chase Lay in San Jose, can achieve excellent results for most patients. Please request a consultation online, or call Dr. Lay’s office at (408) 728-8887 to schedule an appointment to learn more about your options.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Dermal Fillers?

We all experience the effects of aging: thinner skin that looks less plump and smooth than it did when we were younger. In other words, most men and women are good candidates for fillers. Dermal fillers are safe and designed to treat various issues that cause us to appear older than we feel. Most patients who come in for fillers are as young as 30 years old and either want to soften nasolabial folds (the lines from the nose to the corners of your mouth) or vertical lip lines, or increase the volume in their cheeks.

What are Dermal Fillers?

Dr. Lay offers a number of different fillers, which each offer unique advantages for certain patients. The versatility is needed to treat lines at wrinkles at various depths. Most fillers used these days use hyaluronic acid (HA), a natural substance found in your body. Since it’s not made using animal sources, allergy testing isn’t needed prior to your treatment. Other, heavier, fillers use a compound called Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA) that’s found naturally in bones.

Fillers at a glance:


An HA filler used to help restore the skin from moderate to severe smile lines around the nose and mouth. This powerful anti-aging formula can also be used to plump the lips for a younger-looking smile.

JUVÉDERM Ultra Plus®

This specialized HA-based formula can help replenish facial volume from more severe age lines around the nose and mouth as well as enhance volume in the lips, helping you achieve a more youthful complexion.


An HA filler in the  JUVÉDERM® collection that specializes in addressing parentheses lines that surround the mouth and nose.


 A uniquely designed formula from the JUVÉDERM® series of dermal fillers to correct volume loss in the lips. This lip augmentation filler can also improve the appearance of lines that may surround the mouth.


A creatively engineered HA dermal filler that can replenish volume in the midface, improving the contours of the cheeks for a radiant smile.


Uses calcium hydroxylapatite, a mineral compound found naturally in human bones. It’s used to fill deep creases such as nasolabial folds, with results that last up to a year or more in some patients.


An HA filler that treats moderate to severe facial folds and wrinkles. It’s also approved for lip enhancement.

Restylane Lyft®

A cutting-edge dermal filler, this formula is mainly comprised of HA to lift the midface for a youthful contour.

Restylane Defyne®

An HA filler that treats moderate to severe facial folds and wrinkles. It’s also approved for lip enhancement.

Restylane Refyne®

Designed with XpresHAn Technology, this anti-aging formula can help remedy the appearance of deep smile lines around the mouth.

Restylane Silk®

Crafted with HA, this innovative dermal filler can help achieve younger-looking lips. Restylane Silk is a specialized lip augmentation solution to correct inadequate lip volume and fine lines around the mouth.


This one-of-a-kind dermal filler is crafted with biocompatible poly-L-lactic acid, which naturally absorbs into the body and stimulates the production of collagen to repair the skin on a cellular level.

What Should I Expect?

Filler injections are quick in-office treatments that can be done in less than 30 minutes in many cases.  Dr. Lay will assess your skin tone and listen to your cosmetic goals, then map specific points for the injections based on those goals. After completing the injections you will be offered an ice-pack to relieve any minor discomfort. Swelling, redness, and sometimes minor bruising are typical reactions. Dr. Lay doesn’t recommend getting injections before important social or professional events because certain areas of the face are more prone to bruising than others.

Dermal Fillers   Before & After Photos
Dermal Fillers   Before & After Photos

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