Dermal filler treatments are commonly used to slow down the aging process of the skin. These treatments are predominantly used in the face; however medical aesthetics has advanced to using these products elsewhere on the body, with one effective place being in the feet.
Dermal fillers are mainly comprised of a naturally occurring sugar in the body called Hyaluronic Acid (HA). Hyaluronic Acid is commonly present within our body from our skin to our eyes and joints. Hyaluronic Acid helps to add volume and hydration. The treatment is soft, safe, and non-permanent, results are immediate and typically last 6-9 months. The advantages of the HA fillers are that they are suitable for all skin types and require no pre-treatment skin test. Dr. Nemrow uses Juvederm® Ultra which contains .3% Lidocaine, a local anesthetic, making the injection process far more gentle. Juvederm®Ultra is non-animal, naturally based, highly purified and biodegradable. If for any reason you do not like your filler results, it can be reversed with the use of hyaluronidase, which will quickly and gently breakdown the filler.
The procedure begins with numbing the area to be treated. Once the area is numb, the filler is added to the areas that are causing your pain. The treatment generally takes a half hour, with the injection process lasting 15-20 minutes. The foot may be sore for a few days and can include redness or bruising at the injection site. You will see and feel the benefits immediately and with repeated treatments over time, the benefit of using fillers for the feet builds up so the effects last longer and deliver greater benefits.
Over the past several years, HA fillers have been found so safe and effective that we can avoid surgical procedures of certain foot problems and use them in the feet. Treatment of a painful , bony hammertoe that has lost its padding is now simple and easy to treat. HA fillers are also very effective on severely deep corns that have developed on the bottom of the feet. These corns, also called Intractable Plantar Keratoses, previously were only able to be treated with visits to the podiatrist every three weeks. Now using fillers under the corn can significantly decrease pain and may eradicate the corn for several years.
For the feet, dermal fillers can be used to provide cushioning for the balls and heels of the feet and to treat many types of foot pain:
- Morton’s Neuroma – Flat Feet
- Foot Pad Atrophy
- Painful Corns
- Hammertoes or those Areas of Bony Prominence
- High Heel Pain – Do you love wearing your high heels? So do we !
Fillers can provide much needed comfort by padding the ball of the foot and protecting your soft tissue, nerves, bones and joints from repeated stress. HA fillers are a wonderful addition to our treatment options, offering safe, comfortable results with a minimum of downtime. Although using HA filler is a conservative approach you will need a consultation with Dr. Nemrow prior to the procedure. Please call and schedule your complimentary consultation today and be on your way to a foot pain free day!