When people see wrinkles, creases, and fine lines start to appear on their face, whether from the natural aging process or lifestyle choices, they begin to think that maybe a facelift is the only option. But advances in injectable fillers (also called dermal fillers) have made this treatment an increasingly popular option because it’s non-invasive and has a very short downtime.
Injectable fillers can be used under any of the layers of skin, including the subcutaneous fat that lays under the dermis. Where the filler is used will depend on the cause of your wrinkles, your age, and any other factors the plastic surgeon deems important.
If you’re considering injectable fillers, here are five points to keep in mind.
- Injectable fillers can either be natural or man-made. Plastic surgeons have a lot of options when using fillers, depending on your specific needs and the best treatment option. Natural fillers include fat from your own body that is injected parts of your face to add volume. Jefferson Facial Plastics also uses man-made fillers, including Juvederm, Sculptra, Radiesse, and Restylane.
- A variety of conditions can be treated with fillers. These conditions include wrinkles, creases, fine lines, and areas of the face where volume has been lost due to natural aging. Fillers can be used in precise locations on your face to achieve the best results.
- Injectable filler treatments are relatively painless. The treatment uses very fine needles to inject the fillers into your skin. Before the treatment begins, the doctor will use a local anesthetic to help you feel more comfortable. Many modern synthetic fillers also include anesthetics that will relieve any discomfort.
- Treatments can be performed on your lunch break. Most injectable filler treatments take less than an hour to complete. The doctor will place marks on your face where he’ll give the injections, and then he’ll clean the area to help prevent infection. If needed, you’ll receive a local anesthetic to minimize discomfort before the doctor begins the injections. Once finished, the marks on your face are removed and he may give you some ice. An anti-bruising medication will also be given to you.
- Only a plastic surgeon can decide if injectable fillers are right for you. In some instances, injectable fillers might not be the right treatment option. When you meet with our plastic surgeon, he’ll examine your face, discuss your treatment goals, and then he’ll make a determination if injectable fillers can help you. For patients with excess skin, fat or sagging, a traditional facelift might be the best route.
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