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Injectable Fillers

Time, gravity and sun exposure change the texture of your skin and underlying tissues, while ordinary muscle movements like smiling, chewing and squinting etch lines in the face. Fine and deep lines, some pits or scars, and thin lips or sunken areas can be smoothed by the injection of fillers beneath the skin. Injectable fillers include collagen, fatty tissue, and longer activity fillers, Restylane®, Hylaform®, and Sculptra®.

Restylane® is approved in the U.S. for treatment of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. Made from hyaluronic acid, a substance that is naturally present in the body, Restylane’s® formula virtually eliminates the risk of allergic reactions or animal-based disease transmission. Hylaform® is a similar product. Sculptra® is a recently FDA approved filler that promises a longer lasting effect.

Injectable fillers may be used in conjunction with other facial procedures.

Procedure: 15 minutes to an hour per session. A series of injections provide extra support beneath wrinkles and add youthful softness. Click here for procedural renderings.

Anesthesia: Often none for most filler injections, though local anesthesia may be included in the injection. Injections of fat are usually preceded by local anesthesia.

Length of Stay: Plan to stay at The Cosmetic Surgery Center for an hour or two.

What to expect: Temporary stinging, throbbing or burning at the site of the injection. Sometimes redness, swelling and temporary fullness of the area occurs. Swelling or tenderness should abate within 2-5 days after hyaluronic acid or collagen injections, or 1-2 weeks following fat injections.

Duration of results: Some treatments may have permanent results. Others last several months to a year.

Risks: Before injecting collagen, you’ll be tested for the possibility of an allergic reaction to collagen. Allergic reactions include rash, hives, excess swelling, symptoms of flu or the triggering of an auto-immune or connective tissue disease. Infection and irregularities in skin contour are also a risk of injectable fillers.

 

 
 

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