Dermal fillers can be used to fill in soft tissue contours—generally of the face. These fillers can be used for lip enhancement, effacement of wrinkles and facial lines, and filling in areas of the cheek, nose, lips, and chin, and hands. The actual type of filler can vary and common fillers include JUVÉDERM®, Restylane®, Radiesse®, Evolence®, Prevelle®, and Sculptra®.
These fillers can immediately enhance the appearance of your face or hands, making them look more youthful. The fillers will last for period of time ranging from several months to possibly a year or more. In some cases, different fillers will be appropriate for different areas of the body.
Fillers can be hyaluronic acid or collagen based and these basic substances are found naturally throughout the human face and body. Radiesse has small calcium microspheres and Sculptra has an absorbable matrix component that can stimulate collagen growth. Your surgeon can recommend a specific filler that meets your particular aesthetic needs.
How long does the treatment take?
Following the cosmetic surgery consultation, the actual procedure takes less than 15 minutes.
Depending on the part of the face and body, you may get a local anesthetic in combination with ice and ointments to numb the area. The surgeon will then gently introduce the filler through a very fine needle into the affected area. Multiple small injections may be given. You may be given some ice afterwards to assist with swelling.
should i follow any Aftercare precaution?
You should refrain from excessive movement of the injected area for 24-48 hours (this includes aggressive whole body exercise). Small red injection marks will fade in days.
On occasion there may be some small lumps or irregularities and these can be gently softened through manual massage with your fingers. Expect some degree of swelling in the first few days and this should dissipate by the end of the first week.
If you develop significant pain or swelling or drainage or fevers then contact your surgeon immediately.
Can there be compliacations?
Slight asymmetry or some persistent lumps may rarely occur. Over time, these issues should fade as the natural absorption process of the materials progresses. Your surgeon can guide you in these cases.