A filler is an aesthetic medicine used to treat volume loss and fill in wrinkles. Filler procedures are minimally invasive and are most commonly used around the face, neck, and hands to create a fuller, more youthful appearance. The result of a filler procedure is usually immediate and it is accompanied by minimal risk and minimal recovery time. The three main kinds of fillers are temporary, semi-permanent, and permanent.
What can I expect from a filler injection?
If you are concerned about deep lines around the mouth, brow, or eyes, or if there are areas of your face such as the lips and cheeks that have changed to due volume loss that accompanies aging, filler injections can successfully improve these conditions with low risk and down time.
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Tell me more about the kinds of fillers.
The most popular kind of temporary filler is a hyaluronic acid-based filler. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring compound and successfully creates fullness and volume. Other temporary fillers include collagen-based fillers and calcium hydroxylapatite. Like hyaluronic acid, collagen is also naturally occurring and improves the structure and strength of the skin. Calcium hydroxylapatite is a denser, heavier compound that is injected deeper into the skin.
Semi-permanent fillers, like their name, offer longer lasting results although it is possible that you will need an occasional “touch up” after the initial injections. These fillers usually are made of denser compounds, such as the biodegradable poly-L-lactic acid, and they are most commonly used to treat deeper lines and depressions.
What are the names of common fillers?
Common brand names of temporary fillers include Juvederm, Restylane, Belotero. Voluma, Radiesse, and Sculptra are the brand names of several common longer lasting semi-permanent fillers.
Is there anything else I should know?
It is very important to keep in mind that board certified plastic surgeons are specially trained in the structure and musculature of the face and can successfully analyze how your unique features will respond to the use of aesthetic injectables. Additionally, be aware that silicone is absolutely unsafe when used as a filler injection. These injections are not FDA-approved and are most often peddled by unlicensed individuals. Always consult with a board certified plastic surgeon.
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