Filler

Non-surgical aesthetic injection of HA (hyaluronic acid) to plump up wrinkles and smooth lines on
your face.

Overview

Facial fillers are substances that temporarily soften wrinkles when injected into your skin. Injection of a facial filler is generally an outpatient procedure thats done under local anesthesia. The procedure takes up to an hour. As we age, our faces lose subcutaneous fat and skin begins to stretch, leading to fine lines, wrinkles and sagging. Factors such as sun exposure, smoking and heredity can speed up the aging process even more. Dermal fillers restore youthful volume to the face, creating dramatic results with little downtime. 

It can be used for: Lip plumping, Cheek enhancement, Nose shaping, Scar improvement, Acne scar treatment, Filling under eye hollow.

You might have mild discomfort, bruising and swelling for up to a week. After the swelling goes down, you might need a touch-up injection for best results. How long the effect lasts depends on factors such as the type of wrinkle and filler used.Hyaluronic acid which is the natural component of the skin’s connective tissue is the most common filler used for wrinkles. The results typically last about six months to one year.

What to Expect During Treatment

Dermal filler injections are non-surgical and typically completed during an office visit. Your initial treatment
will begin with a consultation, during which you will meet with your doctor to discuss your concerns and
goals.

Pre-treatment consultation

During your consultation, your doctor will evaluate your area of concern and review your medical history. While the risks associated with dermal fillers are minimal, you need to fully disclose your medical history prior to treatment, as certain allergies, skin and neurological conditions, or medications can jeopardize your safety or results. For instance, you need to tell your doctor if you have been taking NSAIDs (e.g., aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen) or blood thinners, as these increase the likelihood of bruising.

Your injectable filler treatment

Just before the actual treatment, the area will be cleaned, and you may be given a topical anesthetic to numb the area prior to injection. Many filler products also contain lidocaine, a mild anesthetic, which is intended to help minimize discomfort during and after your treatment. Your provider will then inject a precise amount of filler strategically beneath the skin.

Depending on the product and the areas treated, you should be able to notice results immediately after receiving filler injections. Some patients  experience mild bruising and swelling, but these are temporary and should subside over the days following treatment. You will be able to go back to your normal activities right after treatment, but your doctor may ask you to take the day off from exercise or other strenuous activity.

Risks

As with any operation, injecting facial filler for wrinkles has risks, including:
Allergic reaction at the injection site or throughout the body
Bleeding or bruising at the injection site Infection
Irregularities in the surface, contours and firmness of the skin
Rarely, damage to blood vessels
Facial fillers generally aren’t used for people whose immune systems are suppressed or who take blood-thinning medications (anticoagulants).

How Long Do the Results Last?

How long the effects of dermal fillers will last depends on the product, the area of treatment, and the
patient. Generally speaking, the denser the product is and the more deeply it is injected, the longer it will
last, although this is not a hard and fast rule. To maintain your results, your doctor will simply repeat
treatment, adjusting the amount and techniques as necessary to ensure optimal results.

Hyaluronic acid fillers tend to be the most temporary option, and therefore are often recommended for first-time filler patients. These will typically last from 6 to 18 months. Injections to the lips will wear out a little faster than those to the nasolabial folds. Certain HA fillers are formulated to last longer, but are usually limited to certain areas, such as the cheeks.