Fillers

 
What are fillers?

Fillers are injected into the skin to plump and smooth wrinkles and acne scars. They can also be used to restore volume that is lost with age, such as the face, cheeks, earlobes, hands and lips.

What are fillers made of?

There are different types of fillers. Hyaluronic acid is a common filler ingredient and consists of a sugar molecule that is naturally found in the skin. When hyaluronic acid is injected into the skin, it pulls water unto itself and plumps the skin.

How long do fillers last?

The length of time that a filler lasts depends on the type of filler used and the location that it is injected. Fillers typically last 6-12 months, though can last up to 2 years. They gradually dissolve over time, and the skin is left as it was prior to the procedure.

How do I prepare for the procedure?

Bruising is common after fillers, and can be minimized by avoiding non steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (such as ibuprofen) and some vitamins for 1 week prior to the procedure. Your medications will be discussed at your consultation. You can drive yourself to and from the appointment, and you will be awake during the procedure. Most filler appointments are around 45 minutes.

Are the injections painful?

Filler injections are relatively pain free when performed with effective numbing. For most areas, numbing cream works well. It is applied for 20-30 minutes prior to the procedure.

When treating the lips, dental blocks are recommended due to the sensitivity of this area. By doing this, little to any pain is felt during the filler injections. Similar to dental offices, numbing gel is applied to the gums and then lidocaine injections are given on the inside of the mouth. Dental blocks usually wear off after 90 minutes or so though varies with each patient.

What are the side effects of fillers?

Common side effects include bruising, swelling, tenderness, and temporary lumpiness. In most patients, bruising may last around 1 week. For swelling and tenderness, ice compresses are helpful during the first 12-24 hours.

Fillers

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Fillers

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Fillers

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Fillers

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