Cosmetic facial fillers (or dermal fillers) are soft tissue fillers that are injected into areas where sagging skin has contributed to a loss of facial fullness. They add volume and diminish lines and wrinkles caused by aging, smoking, sun exposure, and the effects of gravity. Not only do they soften facial features, they can provide you with plump lips and enhance shallow facial contours, restoring a youthful vitality to your face. They are often used in conjunction with other skin treatment procedures, such as Botox injections and facelifts.
A variety of cosmetic facial fillers are available, depending on the patients’ needs. These include collagen, hyaluronic acid, hydroxylapatite, poly-L-lactic acid, and human fat.
Facial fillers add volume and diminish lines and wrinkles which can restore a youthful vitality to your face.
Cosmetic Filler Applications
Injection of fillers is performed in a doctor’s office using local or topical anesthesia. The skin where the injections will occur is cleansed with an antibacterial substance, and either ice or a topical numbing agent is applied. The filler is then injected into those specific areas of the face. Results are immediate and will last anywhere from six to twelve months, depending on the filler used. Because they offer a temporary solution, repeat treatments will be necessary if you wish to maintain the results.
Are Fillers Safe?
All surgical procedures carry risks, but complications from injectable fillers are rare. Afterwards, you may experience mild swelling or bruising, temporary numbness or redness, and temporary irregularities in the soft tissue or skin. Possible side effects, though uncommon, include infection of the injection site, bleeding, bruising, swelling, redness, a rash or acne-like skin outbreak, itching, skin sensitivity, and lumps or nodules due to “clumping.”