If your skin has lost fullness over time or shows signs of aging, like deep folds and wrinkles, injectable fillers can work to restore some of the lost volume in your facial tissue, thereby temporarily correcting wrinkles and folds.
Who Should Get Injectable Fillers?
While various injectable fillers are available, they all work to correct a loss of volume in some of the following areas:
- Moderate to severe wrinkles and folds
- Nasolabial folds
- Marionette lines
- Fine lines
- General facial contouring
To receive an injectable filler treatment, you should be a healthy, nonsmoker.
What Does an Injectable Filler Do?
While injectable fillers are somewhat similar across the board in the results they can produce, they may differ in their composition. For instance, Restylane and Juvederm are composed of hyaluronic acid, which binds to the water in your skin, adding volume. Radiesse, on the other hand, uses another form of water-based gel to improve the contour of your skin and Sculptra is derived from alpha-hydroxy acids and works as a sort of scaffolding for your skin.
When the appropriate treatment site has been selected, your skin will be cleansed and prepared for the injectable filler. Using a special technique, your plastic surgeon will inject the solution below the dermis of your skin. Oftentimes, a topical anesthetic is not necessary, but may be used in some cases. Your plastic surgeon may also gently massage the injection site to ensure appropriate placement of the product.
After Injectable Fillers: What Should I Expect?
While the area may initially feel overly full, this pressure will subside. You may require touch-up treatments to maintain the effect of the filler, but most treatments last from several months up to a year.
Generally, there is a low risk for side effects, but you may experience some swelling or redness at the injection site, which can be controlled by placing an ice pack on the area. You should avoid sun exposure, alcohol and strenuous activity for about 24 hours following your treatment.
Related Procedures and Injectable Filler Alternatives
While injectable fillers can work to restore volume to the face and correct some wrinkles, Botox Cosmetic is another non-invasive treatment that works to relax the small underlying muscles that cause some wrinkles. Depending on your needs, this may be a great alternative to injectable fillers.
To learn more about non-invasive injectable fillers to aid in facial contouring, please contact the Branford office of plastic surgeon Dr. Beth Collins to schedule a consultation.