What are dermal fillers?
The most common filler is an injectable sugar based gel called hyaluronic acid. Many pharmaceutical companies make FDA approved fillers in different formulations specific to the areas they work best.
These gels injected via needle or cannula are used to replace lost volume in your tissue to improve the appearance of creases and folds, plump lips, create facial contours and soften etched lines.
Results are temporary and last approximately 6-12 months depending on the specific filler used and individual effects such as metabolism and level of activity and sun exposure. Dermal fillers should never be used to treat skin laxity.If you are a candidate for surgery, there will be limitations in the results you can achieve with fillers.
- You’ll receive a full face assessment and recommendations for optimal results. If you have previously received filler treatments, your prior experience will be factored into consideration when formulating your treatment plan.
- We will review the consent form. In addition to the benefits, please be prepared to decide whether you are willing to assume the risks of treatment.
Common side effects: swelling, bruising, discomfort, unevenness
Rare: infection, lumps, bumps, delayed allergic type reactions, blockage of blood vessels
- A topical anesthetic will be applied.
- Your face will be cleaned with an antiseptic solution. The actual treatment takes approximate 15-30 minutes.
Preparing for your appointment:
2 weeks prior: avoid dental work and vaccinations. This can increase your risk of infection and aggravate your immune system
1 week prior: avoid medications and supplements that thin the blood
2 days after: avoid makeup and working out as these can increase the risk of infection