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Dermal Fillers in Grand Rapids, Michigan

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For Grand Rapids and Birmingham Patients Seeking Valuable Volume. Why would you use dermal fillers? Grand Rapids and Birmingham area men and women wondering about dermal fillers—how they work, how long they last, when you should use them instead of (or with) BOTOX—can get the skinny on all of that and more from the Bengtson Center team.

The signs of aging that appear on your face may be inevitable, but surgery to reduce those lines and wrinkles doesn’t have to be.

With injectable dermal fillers Grand Rapids area men and women are given a quick, safe, time-tested, and effective temporary option for replacing lost collagen to smooth wrinkles, restore youthful contours, plump lips, and combat visible signs of aging.

Experience Matters

Meet Our Surgeons

When you are ready to make a transformation, you deserve partners on your journey who you trust deeply to deliver the results you want.

The highly experienced team at The Bengtson Center for Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery is led by board-certified surgeons Dr. Brad Bengtson and Dr. David Alfonso. Our surgeons are regularly recognized by patients and colleagues alike for their commitment to innovation, compassionate patient care, and top-quality outcomes. Their work is supported by the thoughtful and passionate collaboration of the entire Bengtson team.

Dr. Bengtson - Grand Rapids Plastic Surgeon

Brad Bengtson MD, FACS, Founder

Has consistently been named one of the Best Doctors in America® since 1996 and recognized as Best Plastic Surgeon in Grand Rapids by Grand Rapids Magazine for the last 12 years.

With over two decades of experience, he is respected for his cutting-edge techniques and compassionate patient care. In addition to his work with patients, Dr. Bengtson travels globally to share his knowledge and innovative approaches with fellow plastic surgeons. He is passionate about delivering harmonious, natural-looking results that elevate rather than alter each patient’s unique aesthetic.

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Dr. Alfonso - Grand Rapids Plastic Surgeon

David AlfonsoMD, FACS

Has extensive experience performing a range of surgical and non-surgical procedures, with a particular passion for body contouring and facial rejuvenation.

A careful listener and passionate practitioner, he has received numerous accolades, including recognition as a RealSelf Top Doctor since 2015. He also contributes to advancing techniques in the plastic surgery community through regular publications and lectures. Dr. Alfonso is a fluent Spanish speaker, which helps him provide exceptional communication and care to a broader range of patients. 

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What Can Dermal Fillers Fix?

After age 20, we produce 1 percent less collagen in our skin each year! This drop in collagen can result in:

  • Losing volume in the face
  • Hollowing of cheeks
  • Deep creases or lines and wrinkles, such as nasolabial folds or laughter lines
  • Hollowing under the eye area

Dermal fillers can be used to fix a variety of concerns related to facial aging, including:

  • Adding volume and smoothing out the deep creases that run from the nose to the mouth (called nasolabial folds or laugh lines).
  • Plumping thin lips and smoothing out vertical lines around the edges of the lips.
  • Augmenting cheeks to enhance their shape, often restoring youthful fullness.
  • Filling out depressions (hollows) under the eye area.
  • Making indented scars from acne or chicken pox more even with surrounding skin.
  • Increasing volume to fill out gauntness in the lower cheek or temple area, which most often occurs due to fat pads shifting beneath the surface of skin.
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Dr. Bengtson - Grand Rapids Plastic Surgeon

“Best Plastic Surgeon - Grand Rapids” Grand Rapids Magazine for the past 10 consecutive years.

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Brad BengtsonMD, FACS

Elected by his peers for inclusion in Best Doctors in America® consecutively since 1996.

Sought-after Global Speaker and Educator on all aspects of Plastic Surgery.

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How Dermal Fillers Work
(And How They're Different From BOTOX)

Myth vs. Fact - MYTH: Fillers will make my face look frozen. FALSE! Fillers plump up the skin, replace volume, and encourage natural collagen production. The result is a natural-looking appearance. MYTH: Fillers only Eliminate Wrinkles. FALSE! Facial Fillers can also plump up sunken cheeks, plump up lips fill in hollows under the eyes, and soften the jawline. MYTH: Fillers are the same as BOTOX. FALSE! They work in different ways. BOTOX relaxes the muscles, ideal for the upper face, dermal fillers add volume, ideal for below the eye area.

Dermal fillers are a naturally derived or synthetic material injected directly into skin with the purpose of plumping that area to the point where the wrinkle, depression, or fold is gone.

Depending on the type of filler, the effects can last anywhere from six months to two years; for "semi-permanent" and other fillers, the effects can last up to five years; and there are reports of even longer-lasting results. Don't confuse dermal fillers with BOTOX. Although both procedures involve injections, BOTOX is most often injected in the forehead and to the sides of the eyes to stop muscle movement that results in wrinkles, lines, and crow's feet. It has nothing to do with the plumping, smoothing effect dermal fillers have. Because they work in different manners, many people elect to get both BOTOX and dermal fillers. The combination can produce a remarkably younger-looking face!

Ultimate Guide to Dermal Fillers


This dermal filler is considered to be among Allergan's "next generation," as it boasts the highest concentrations of hyaluronic acid in the line, is made with the Vycross technology that cross-links molecules, and contains a small amount of lidocaine (indicated by the "XC" in the name) to help ease the injection process. Learn more about JUVÉDERM XC.


  • Nasolabial Folds: creases that resemble parenthesis on either side of the mouth
  • Smile Lines: lines that run vertically from the bottom of your nose to the corners of your mouth
  • Marionette Lines: vertical facial wrinkles and folds that form below the corners of the mouth
  • Vertical Lines: facial wrinkles above and around the lips
JUVÉDERM XC - Results last up to 1 year


Also from Allergan, this soft-tissue filler focuses on returning volume to a cheek area that has hollowed or flattened over time. The Vycross formulation creates a stable gel, with contour-changing results that can last up to two years.


  • Cheeks
Voluma - Results last up to 2 years


Unlike the hyaluronic acid-based fillers available at the Bengtson Center, this filler uses calcium microspheres to pack a one-two volumizing punch. First, the formula adds volume when injected. Then, the microspheres encourage collagen development, with results that continue after the filler is absorbed


  • Nasolabial area (mouth and nose)
  • Hands
Radiesse - Results last up to 1 year

Our Practice

Dr. David Alfonso - Grand Rapids Plastic Surgeon

Why Choose the Bengtson Center?

The Bengtson Center is rated as one of the Top Three practices for BOTOX and JUVÉDERM in Michigan and has been awarded the Black Diamond Award—given to top-tier providers of Allergan products—five years in a row.

Choosing to have your BOTOX injections and dermal fillers at the Grand Rapids Bengtson Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery means you will work with our innovators and educators in the field of cosmetic injections, using only FDA-approved injectables, such as JUVÉDERM XC, JUVÉDERM ULTRA, the new VOLUMA, RADIESSE, Restylane, and BELOTERO BALANCE. We are also one of the few national training centers in the United States.

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Dermal FillersBasics

1. Depending on the filler, results can last anywhere from several months up to two years.

2. Dermal fillers are quickly and easily injected where they're needed most—no incisions, sutures, or recuperation necessary!

3. Fillers can be combined with each other and related treatments so the entire face can get an overall refreshed appearance.

4. There are a variety of fillers available from different manufacturers, so there's something for everybody at the Bengtson Center, including products, BELOTERO BALANCE, Restylane, and Radiesse.

5. Our Master Injectors are specially trained, and even work to train other professionals in advanced techniques to maximize results. We are home to not one, but two national trainers for JUVÉDERM fillers!

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Bengtson community

Are you ready to take the next step to a more beautiful you? Plastic Surgeons Dr. Bengtson and Dr. Alfonso, along with the team at The Bengtson Center for Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery, provide advanced plastic surgery and cosmetic treatment for patients from Grand Rapids, Birmingham, Detroit, and Kalamazoo, Michigan. We specialize in breast augmentation, breast implants, and tummy tuck surgery, as well as laser hair removal, Micro-Needling, BOTOX Cosmetic, JUVÉDERM, and other dermal fillers. Results may vary from person to person.