What are Injectable Fillers?
Injectable fillers are a non-surgical option for reducing the appearance of fine wrinkles and lines creating a more youthful appearance. The results span from temporary to long-lasting and are achieved through tiny injections into specific areas on the face.
Types of Injectable Fillers
Penn Plastic Surgery offers several types of fillers to meet the needs of each client. Your surgeon will help determine what product will provide you with the optimal results during your initial consultation.
Some of the most common facial fillers include:
- Radiesse®: This synthetic filler is made of calcium hydroxyapatite and is used in multiple areas of the face to correct moderate to severe wrinkles.
- Hyaluronic acid fillers: These fillers are made from a substance naturally found in your body. The results tend to be more natural and last, on average, 8 to 12 months. Hyaluronic acid fillers include the brands:
- Fat: Fat injections fill out wrinkles and lines that develop from laughing, squinting, frowning and other facial movements.
Who is a Good Candidate for Injectable Fillers?
The best candidates for injectable fillers are in good health and have realistic expectations of the outcome of the surgery. In most cases injectable fillers are used to treat:
- Sagging skin or facial wrinkling
- Loss of fat or plumpness
Your surgeon will recommend the best form of injectable filler depending on your desired outcome.
What to Expect With Injectable Fillers
Your surgeon will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for your procedure, and what you can expect during the recovery period. This will include guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking and which vitamins and medications should be taken or avoided.
After the procedure, you'll have some swelling and possibly bruising. Depending on the extent of your procedure, some people return to work the same day and in some isolated cases, recovery times can last three or more days.
Risks and Outcomes of Receiving Injectable Fillers
While the use of injectable fillers is normally safe, there is always the possibility of complications, as with any surgical procedure. You can reduce potential risks and complications by carefully following all pre- and post-surgery instructions provided to you by your surgeon.