Injectable Fillers

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Injectable Fillers Overview

Injectable fillers are non-surgical facial enhancements made of collagen, fat or synthetics that are injected beneath the skin to reduce wrinkles, lines and folds. There are three main contributors to wrinkled skin: loss of tissue volume beneath the skin, loss of elasticity of the skin, and persistent facial muscle movement. Injectable fillers add volume to tissues beneath the skin so it lies tight and smooth over more fully contoured features. Injectable fillers are an excellent alternative to more permanent and invasive procedures like a face lift, there is little or no recovery time, and injectable fillers cost much less than surgery.

Injectable fillers are generally used to augment soft tissues to correct nasal-labial folds, marionette lines and to plump the lips. Some injectable fillers can be used for crows feet around the eyes, along the forehead and to address frown lines along the upper bridge of your nose. Injectable fillers can also supplement lost tissue in the cheeks and fill in scar depressions. Injectable fillers also tend to stimulate your skins’ natural collagen growth which causes the result to last longer with each treatment.

Collagen is recommended for first time users because it is generally cheaper than other fillers and the results are not permanent. Allergy tests are usually needed for collagen at least three weeks in advance of your treatment. Collagen is an excellent injectable filler for plumping the lips and is usually undetectable when used to fill wrinkles.

Fat injections are harvested fat cells from areas of excess fat on your body (usually the buttocks, abdomen or thighs), and are then injected into the treatment areas. Fat injections don't require an allergy test because they come from your own tissue. Fat injections can offer very natural results for up to 3 months.

Synthetic fillers include products like Restylane, Radiance, Hylaform and Sculptra to name a few. Synthetic fillers tend to last longer than fat and collagen injections and can often fill in deep furrows and lines. Most synthetic fillers do not require allergy tests, and little to no recover time is needed.

When you use 1800mySurgeon, you are assured of making an informed decision because all of our Plastic Surgeons are prescreened and continually monitored. The qualified patient coordinators at 1800mySurgeon are prepared to help you find Plastic Surgeons in your area, who specialize in injectable fillers, or we can provide a background check on any surgeon you choose.

Having Realistic Expectations for Injectable Fillers

Having realistic expectations about how your image will change and how those changes will affect your life is important. Using an injectable filler will change the appearance of your face. Not having the lines, folds and wrinkles or plumping lips and cheeks may boost your self-confidence, but that won’t change who you are or the way other people feel about you.

Questions to Ask Your Prospective Surgeon

Once you’ve made an appointment for a consultation, take the time to prepare a list of questions and concerns you want to address with your prospective surgeon. The consultation is your opportunity to assess the surgeon as much as it is their opportunity to determine your candidacy for the procedure. Take your time, be thorough and know that you are never required to commit to a procedure or a surgeon because you’ve had a consultation, even if the consultation is free.

There are many different types of injectable fillers, treatment styles, and techniques. You want to make sure that you choose a surgeon whose work you admire and who has experience with many types of fillers. You will be able to see the outcome of some of their treatments by looking at before-and-after pictures.

This list of information may help you compile your questions and may encourage you to do some further research on the many different aspects of injectable fillers:

  • How many treatments will you need and at what intervals? Ask if there is a price break on a package deal.
  • Let your surgeon know of any medications, herbal treatments or vitamins you take, and make sure to get a list of products to avoid during treatment.
  • Ask if your surgeon recommends any combination procedures like injectable fillers and BOTOX® Cosmetic or laser skin resurfacing.

If you’re consulting with a surgeon from 1800mySurgeon, you can rest assured that you will be meeting with a qualified Injectable Fillers Surgeon. If you already have a surgeon in mind, we can also perform a background check before you schedule your consultation. Most importantly, always trust your instincts during the consultation. The success of your treatment will be based on how you feel about your surgeon, your recovery and your result.

Injectable Filler Recovery

Recovery will be based on the specific type or brand of injectable filler, the size and depth of the treatment areas. With some injectables, you will experience slight swelling and in rare cases bruising. Icing the treatment area will reduce both side effects. Most patients are able to return to work or social activity within 24 to 48 hours.

It is important to wear sunscreen and to avoid direct sunlight of the treatment area at all times.

Injectable Filler Risks

Any medical treatment carries certain risks and the possibility of complications.

During your consultation, you will want to ask your surgeon about the following risks:

  • Is there a risk of infection at the injection site?
  • What is the risk of allergic reactions to the filler you’re using for treatment?
  • How often does "over filling" occur? (Over filling causes the treatment area to look swollen even after recovery.)

It is important to remember that no surgeon can guarantee your satisfaction with an injectable filler nor can they deny any risk factors. No matter how rarely risks occur, every medical treatment carries a certain amount of risk, and you have to decide for yourself if your potential desired result is worth the risk.

Long Term Results of Injectable Fillers

Injectable fillers are not permanent. Collagen and fat fillers tend to last from three to six months. Synthetic fillers can last up to 3 years. Continued use of injectable fillers can enhance the amount of time the treatment lasts between fillings. Eating a healthy diet and drinking plenty of water will help your skin to look young and healthy.

Choosing Your Surgeon

At 1800mySurgeon, we are here to help you make an informed decision. One of the most important aspects for a successful outcome of your treatment is to choose the right surgeon; therefore all of our Plastic Surgeons are prescreened and continually monitored. We can help you find Plastic Surgeons in your area, who specialize in injectable fillers, or we can provide a background check on any surgeon you choose.