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Dermal fillers are gel-like substances injected in small amounts to correct deep wrinkles, folds, or sunken areas for a more youthful, yet natural appearance.
How It Works
Dermal Fillers can aid in the improvement of the most common signs of facial aging including the visibility of bony landmarks, skin wrinkles, deep furrows, “smoker’s lines” and thinning of the lips.
Addition of a dermal filler softens the creases, smoothens out wrinkles and returns volume to areas where the fatty tissue is lost.
Who Would Benefit
Injectable facial fillers are great options to improve certain aging signs in individuals who are not looking for a remarkable physical change, but rather to appear more rested and confident. Fillers provide more “real-time” results, not characterized by extensive swelling and prolonged recovery periods found in more invasive surgical procedures.
A topical numbing agent is applied to areas of the face intended for injection. A fine needle is inserted into the treatment area for the desired correction. Individuals typically report minimal discomfort.
Time of the procedure is specific to each individual’s treatment plan. Results are instantaneous.
Hyaluronic acid (eg. Belotero™) is found in all living cells; it attracts and binds more than 1000 times its weight in water and is chemically, physically, and biologically stable. Hyaluronic acid will treat wrinkles and the loss of facial volume by supplying good hydration, thus enhancing the condition of the tissue
Calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) (eg. Radiesse™) acts as a scaffold that promotes new tissue formation similar to its surrounding environment. Deposited particles support new collagen formation resulting in tightening to restore the youthful features of the skin
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- Do not drink alcohol at least 48 hours prior to treatment as alcohol can thin the blood and increase the risk of bruising
- Medications and natural supplements that have anti-inflammatory properties such as vitamin E, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, garlic, St. johns wart, Omega 3 fish oils, ibuprofen, Aspirin, Motrin, Advil, Aleve and other NSAIDS should be avoided, if possible, 2 weeks prior to treatment to reduce the risk of bleeding, bruising and swelling after injections
- Discontinue Retin-A 2 days before and 2 days after
- If you have a history of cold sores, please let your family physician know, as they may want you to be on anti-viral medication prior to injections
- If you have a bleeding disorder or take blood thinners
- Those with poorly controlled blood pressure
- If you have a neuromuscular disorder
- If you have had recent dental treatment or teeth cleaning
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding
- Improvements are noted immediately
- There can be some brief mild swelling and bruising
- Duration is often six months to up to two years
- The amount of sessions required are based on the individual’s desired results and budget. A proper consultation with our medical professionals will tailor treatment to your needs
- A topical anesthetic is applied to the face to reduce discomfort associated with the injections
- The dermal fillers themselves also contain lidocaine, which acts to numb the tissue of the face.
- Avoid significant movement or massage of the treated area.
- Avoid strenuous exercise for 72 hours
- Avoid extensive sun or heat for 72 hours
- Avoid consuming excess amounts of alcohol or salts to avoid excess swelling
- If you have swelling you may apply a cool compress for 15 minutes on/15 minutes off. (place ice pack in a cloth, never directly to the skin)
- Use Tylenol for discomfort
- Try to sleep face up and slightly elevated if you experience swelling
- Take Arnica to help the bruising and swelling – start at least 2 days prior to injections
- Discontinue Retin-A 2 days before and 2 days after treatment