Dermal Fillers

As the years pass, your facial skin will lose its firm, supple quality. Wrinkles, lines, and creases begin to appear from nose to mouth (nasolabial folds) and from mouth to chin (marionette lines). Dermal fillers restore lost volume, smoothing away the years in a procedure that requires only minutes to complete.

What are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are gel-like injectables, scientifically formulated to restore lost volume, smooth lines and wrinkles or enhance natural structure at cheeks, chin, or temples. Each filler is designed for specific areas and varies in thickness. Dermal fillers can be used to:

  • Reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines: By increasing the volume of your skin beneath visible wrinkles and fine lines, smoothing them away.
  • Reduce the appearance of nasolabial folds: Smoothing deeply etched smile lines is a popular use of dermal fillers. When performed by an expert injector, the results appear entirely natural and refined. 
  • Lip augmentation: Whether your lips have lost volume over time or you want to enhance what nature provided, delicately injected custom fillers can enhance your Cupid’s bow, or bring plump volume to upper, lower, or both lips. 
  • Hand rejuvenation: Radiesse is FDA-approved to restore lost volume. This treatment can restore a youthful look to aging hands.

Our dermal fillers

We offer three different families of dermal fillers, each of which has unique benefits and advantages:

  • Juvéderm®: The Juvéderm® line of fillers are made from hyaluronic acid, and these products are an excellent way to achieve facial rejuvenation without surgery.
  • Restylane®: Similar to Juvéderm®, the Restylane® family of products includes fillers for your cheeks, for your lips, and light fillers to artistically adjust the features on your face to give you that perfect look.
  • Radiesse®: Radiesse® is a unique filler, formulated with tiny calcium hydroxyapatite spheres suspended in a gel to both increase volume and stimulate your skin’s natural production of collagen. 

Dr. Khalifeh’s approach to dermal fillers

Our approach to dermal fillers is to achieve an elegant, refined look, never overfilled or unnatural. Dr. Khalifeh is among the most talented plastic surgeons practicing in Washington DC and injects fillers with meticulous care to achieve results that appear natural-looking and refreshed. We usually start with Radiesse® to create a subtle, deeper foundation of supporting volume, as Radiesse® lasts for about 18 months. Once that foundation has been created, fillers from Restylane® and Juvéderm® are custom injected to artfully shape and smooth your skin, plump your lips, or create a definition to your facial structure.

Dr. Khalifeh featured performing Radiesse
Injection on ABC 7 News

Am I a candidate?

Most people who want to enhance their facial features are good candidates for dermal fillers. The fillers we use are all FDA-approved and safe for almost any skin type.

Smoothing smile lines

Nasolabial folds (parentheses lines that surround the mouth) are the primary location for filler injections. View the results of our custom injections, which included one tube of Radiesse for the deeper aspects of the fold, followed by Juvéderm to treat the superficial aspects of the wrinkle. Radiesse is excellent for the deeper folds, lasting about eighteen months. Whenever appropriate, we will recommend the longest lasting filler for that area.

Lip augmentation

The lips can be accentuated and enhanced with fillers. Dr. Khalifeh prefers hyaluronic acid-based fillers, such as Juvéderm, Restylane, or Belotero for lip enhancement. If the lips already have a nicely defined arch, we will follow the arch to accentuate it. For flatter lips, the Cupid’s bow can be enhanced to create a more appealing lip appearance.

Why choose DC Cosmetics?

The skill of your practitioner is the secret behind the elegance and quality of your results. At DC Cosmetics, you can be confident and comfortable that your treatment will be performed with the utmost professionalism and artistry. Injections are performed by our double board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Marwan Khalifeh.

Dr. Khalifeh is an acclaimed professional who is often called upon as a guest on various media outlets. He is not only a practicing plastic surgeon but serves as an Assistant Professor and Co-Director of the Cosmetic Surgery Education Program at Johns Hopkins University. Call us today at (301) 244-0148 to schedule your consultation!


No, BOTOX® falls under the family of wrinkle relaxers, which are injectable treatments that prevent the muscles that cause wrinkles from contracting.

Severe complications from dermal fillers are rare, and the potential risks depend on which product is used. Some of the known complications and side effects include asymmetry, bruising, bleeding from the injection site, and swelling, damage to the skin, infection at the injection site, lumps and palpability of the filler under the surface of the skin, skin rash with itching and acne-like eruptions, and skin redness. These risks and others will be thoroughly discussed before your procedure. As always, having your treatment performed by an expert injector such as Dr. Khalifeh can reduce risk, and will create a subtle, natural result.

A common debate we hear is which injectable is best for deep and long-lasting dermal filling: Juvéderm® Voluma or Radiesse®? The simple answer is that after using both extensively, we prefer Radiesse® for adding deep volume, while Juvéderm® is ideal or artistically shaping, crafting, and plumping.