We all lose volume in our faces as we age or lose weight. A popular means of correction is through injectable fillers, most commonly JUVÉDERM® and Restylane®. Injectable fillers are among the most common non-surgical procedures being performed in the United States today. According to American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, over 2 million procedures were performed in 2016.
The signs of aging are often associated with signs of volume loss. As we age, we lose volume in most areas of our face including the cheeks, under the eyes, around the mouth, and the lips. Modern injectable fillers use synthetically derived products that naturally occur in our bodies to restore youthful contours to our face and fill in deep wrinkles. These products are slowly absorbed by our bodies and broken down by water to naturally occurring elements of our skin.Schedule a Consultation
The great thing about injectable fillers are there are so many options. The worst thing about injectable fillers is that there are so many options! New products are being FDA approved every year, expanding the options that can be individually tailored to your unique needs.
The most common fillers are derived from hyaluronic acid. Some fillers are made from other substances such as hydroxyapatite or Poly-L lactic acid. The family of hyaluronic acid fillers are most common and act by attracting water molecules to bind to the filler gel and increase volume. The body then slowly absorbs the filler and the volume gradually goes away. To some degree fillers are also thought to stimulate new collagen growth by your own skin to leave a lasting effect beyond the expected life of the filler. Fillers come in different consistencies and are used in different areas of the face and body based on their thickness, pliability, and rate of absorption.
This makes your assessment and plan for non-invasive facial rejuvenation an individually tailored approach that takes into consideration your short and long term goals. At Restore SD Plastic Surgery we will take the time to educate you about your many options to help you look and feel your best.
Injectable fillers are performed in the office by our expert staff in comfortable surroundings to restore you to a refreshed and youthful look. Injections are an art, and we have extensive experience and expertise in the finer points of fillers. The first time we see a patient for an injection procedure, we will work with you to find the ideal treatment plan and then refine your goals over time. You will have photos taken with our VECTRA® 3D imaging system and discuss treatment areas and options while viewing your photo series. This ensures you can address all areas of concern with your provider. With our state of the art Canfield software, potential results can be viewed, helping you to visualize possible outcomes.
Most fillers have local anesthesia as part of their formulation, making the procedure relatively painless. We make every effort to ensure your experience is as comfortable as possible by using ice and other modalities as needed. Often blunt-tip cannulas can be used to assist in a smoother and safer application of product and minimize the potential for bruising. Fillers are injected in the office and aside from occasional bruising, there is no indication that you have had something done besides an improved facial contour.
Filler injections are ideal because they have very little down time and can be done in the office. After your injection, you will have a cooling mask or ice pack to help settle down the mild discomfort that can accompany the procedure. You will be able to carry on with your usual day but are not allowed to perform any strenuous exercise or physical activity for the remainder of the day. Filler results are visible right away although there might be some increased swelling in the injected area over the next few days. You may notice some bruising around the injection sites and this subsides very quickly.
The Combined Procedures
Fillers complement other Facial Rejuvenation procedures to restore youth and vitality to your appearance. Fillers are often combined with neuromodulators (such as BOTOX® Cosmetic) and laser skin resurfacing. If you have been looking for a new BFF, talk to us about our multi-modal BFF approach to non-invasive facial rejuvenation – BOTOX® Cosmetic, Fillers, and Fractionated Laser treatment. Combined with an individualized skin care regimen, the BFF approach can maximize your non-invasive facial rejuvenation results.