Replace volume under the skin to fill wrinkles or enhance facial features.
Soft tissue fillers, also called dermal fillers, facial fillers, or simply “fillers”, are used to fill up defects in the soft tissues, typically wrinkles, folds and dents in the face. Some fillers are intended to add volume, for example to the cheekbone or the chin and are often used for lip enhancement. Some fillers are used as little injections over a large area of the skin and by absorbing water have a refreshing effect. These are usually called skin boosts.
There are many products on the market. The safest fillers are non-permanent Hyalorunic acid fillers and calcium hydroxyapatite microspheres, which disappear spontaneously after a while depending on the patient metabolism, activity, the thickness of the fillers and the linkage between the filler particles. The length of filler stay also depends on which area is treated. Although there are many products available in the market, during my years of practice I have developed specific brands and types for each and every area, to have safe, long lasting and natural results. I only use non-permanent FDA approved products.
Fillers are injected directly into the area to be treated either with a small needle or a special cannula, often after application of a topical anesthetic cream and or local anaesthesia. The effect is immediate but it gets better and more natural over the next 2-3 weeks and lasts between two to 18 months, depending on the type of product and the treated area.
Twenty minutes to one hour.
Usually topical anesthetic cream, sometimes a local anesthetic injection.
Possible Side Effects
Transient swelling (mainly when used in the lips), redness, tenderness, and bruising. Cold application after treatment can minimize these side effects.
For all fillers, risks include irregularities or lumpiness, over- or under-correction, asymmetry and infection.
If present, swelling and redness usually settles after 24 to 48 hours. Most patients can go back to their activities immediately with non or some make-up.
Partial or complete correction of wrinkles and folds. Enhancement of facial features and contour.