Fillers

What are Fillers?

As we age, many people notice a loss of volume in our skin. That’s because the substance in our bodies that gives structure to our tissues – known as collagen – begins to break down. Fillers are a gel made from hyaluronic acid, which occurs naturally in the body, and they can be injected to revitalize your appearance and restore youth.

Dermal fillers replace collagen we have lost, and they stimulate our bodies to create more collagen. In addition to revitalizing the skin, fillers can be used, for example, to improve deep scars, replace a facelift, repair earlobes and rejuvenate hands. The body will metabolize hyaluronic acid-based fillers over time, and unlike other injectables, fillers do not work on muscle activation, so you still have full movement of your facial features.

This U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved procedure is minimally invasive and takes about 30 minutes to administer. Results are immediately visible. Typical side effects include slight post-procedure bruising, swelling and redness at the injection site. Rarely, patients can experience an allergic reaction.

Types of Fillers

Juvéderm and Juvéderm Plus
Best for: moderate-to-severe wrinkles and folds
How long it lasts: between six and nine months, as long as one year

Restylane – L
Best for: cheeks, smile lines, marionette lines and lips
How long it lasts: usually six months, as long as 18 months if treated a second time within four-to-nine months

Restylane-Lyft
Best for: Deep areas of concern of the midface, cheeks and folds around the nose
How long it lasts: as long as 18 months

Restylane-Defyne
Best for: deep smile lines and movement lines of the face
How long it lasts: as long as 18 months

Revanesse
Best for: cheeks, smile lines, marionette lines and lips
How long it lasts: usually six months, as long as 18 months if treated a second time within four-to-nine months

Radiesse
Best for: smile lines, marionette lines, pre-jowl folds, corners of mouth, chin wrinkles
How long it lasts: as long as one year

Voluma XC
Best for: specially formulated for the midface
How long it lasts: as long as two years

Can I Expect Downtime After Filler Injections?

There may be between three and seven days of swelling or bruising around the mouth and with lips. However, there should be minimal swelling in other areas of the face.

Are there Any Activity Restrictions?

You cannot have dental work done within two weeks of filler injections. If you have a history of cold sores, tell your doctor so Valtrex can be prescribed in advance.

Are Dermal Fillers Painful?

Most dermal fillers contain lidocaine, so that when injection begins, the area becomes numb. In addition, we offer ProNox at no extra charge, which also lessens discomfort with no residual side effects. Patients choosing ProNox may feel as if they have had two cocktails; however, they are safe to drive approximately seven minutes after their last inhalation.

What to Expect During Your Visit – “The Filler Experience”

Preparation

  • Remove makeup
  • Before photos taken
  • Topical numbing for between 10 and 20 minutes

Treatment time

  • Between 15 and 30 minutes

After

  • Allow two weeks for filler to settle

Download Our Pre- and Post-Care Instructions for Filler Injections

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