Injectable Cosmetic Fillers
Injectable cosmetic fillers are gel-like substances that are injected beneath the at different depths to restore and smooth facial wrinkles, provide facial volume, and augment facial features thereby restoring a smoother contour and appearance. We proudly offer our patients the following injectable cosmetic dermal fillers: Juvederm; Belotero, and Restylane.
How Do Cosmetic Dermal Fillers Work?
Fillers have been used for decades to restore lost volume or add lift. Basically, fillers restore lost volume to your face and plump areas, so that deep set lines are smoothed. As we get older our bodies stop producing collagen and elastin, both of which contribute to the youthful look. Experts argue over when we start losing collagen; but the generally agreed age is 25. Your collagen and elastin levels then decline at a rate of about 2% per year, and your body will have stopped producing it altogether by your late twenties.
What Happens During The Procedure?
Cosmetic dermal filler injections take about 15 minutes to administer by a physician. A fine needle is used for the injection, which is given under the skin in the targeted area to add volume or fill in wrinkles and folds. A doctor may elect to use a topical anesthetic on the area to be treated before giving the injection. Afterward, the physician may gently massage the treated area(s).
Once treatment is completed, patients can return, with virtually no downtime, to their regular activities. For the first 24 hours after treatment, to reduce the risk of complications, patients should avoid strenuous exercise, excessive sun or heat exposure, and alcohol consumption.
Are Injectable Cosmetic Dermal Fillers Safe?
Although injectable cosmetic dermal fillers are considered safe, there is a risk of side effects. They are usually limited to the injection site, and include the following:
The results of injectable dermal fillers are visible immediately after injection; any swelling and bruising, to which ice can be applied, should subside during the next few days. Results can last 6 to 9 months, and, in some cases, up to year. However, results may vary and correction is temporary. Supplemental treatments may be required to achieve and maintain optimal correction of wrinkles and folds.
Most patients undergo this procedure with no problems, but some may experience temporary redness, pain or tenderness, swelling, bruising, itching, and discoloration.