There are a variety of facial fillers that can temporarily soften wrinkles when injected into your skin.
What types of facial filler are available?
- Hyaluronic acid (Juvederm, others). Juvéderm is a collection of injectable fillers used to decrease the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, and also adds volume to the lips. This natural component of the skin’s connective tissue is the most common filler used for wrinkles. The results typically last about six months to one year.
- Calcium hydroxylapatite (Radiesse). Radiesse is an injectable dermal filler that is used to treat mild to moderate wrinkles and folds, and can also be used to augment deflated hands. This filler is used to contour the jaw line, restore volume in the cheeks, and treat deeper wrinkles and skin folds. The results last up to one year when used for contouring and three years when used to fill wrinkles.
- Permanent soft tissue filler (Artefill). This filler is used to smooth deep wrinkles around the mouth. The body can’t absorb this type of filler, so it doesn’t require reinjection. Permanent soft tissue filler generally isn’t recommended as a first-time facial filler treatment.
- Poly-L-lactic acid (Sculptra). This product is used to restore facial volume lost due to aging or illness. Two or three injections are usually required. The effects last up to two years.
What a consultation entails
Prior to your facial fillers treatment, a consultation will enable us to thoroughly evaluate your skin and decide which filler is the right option for your particular lines, wrinkles and loss of volume. In addition, your consultation is the time for you to ask any questions that you may have about the procedure, as well discuss your desired results and expectations.
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What to expect during Treatment
Prior to your injectable filler treatment, the area will be cleaned and you may be given a topical anesthetic to numb the area. A precise amount of filler will then be injected beneath the skin in the specific intended area. Depending on the filler used and the area being treated, you may notice results immediately after you receive your filler injection. You may also experience some mild bruising and swelling but this will be temporary and will subside in the days after treatment.
Since treatment with facial fillers requires minimal downtime, you can return to your daily routine immediately after you leave the office.