Dermal Fillers plump up creased, furrowed, or sunken skin and are
used primarily to fill wrinkles, lines and scars on the face and sometimes
the hands, neck, back and chest.
Frequently Asked Questions.
How does Dermal Fillers work? Dermal Fillers are a naturally occurring
protein that provides support to various parts of the human body: the skin,
the joints, the bones and the ligaments. Injectable collagen is derived
from purified bovine collagen. The purification process creates a product
similar to human collagen and is produced in various thicknesses to meet
individual patient needs.
Will I need Anesthesia? Because the anesthetic agent lidocaine is
typically mixed in with collagen, additional anesthetic is usually not used.
However, if you are especially sensitive to pain, your doctor may use a
topical cream anesthetic or a freon spray to numb the injected area. Or,
you may elect to have an injected local anesthetic or sedative drugs. If
a local anesthesia has not been used, you may feel some minor stinging or
burning as the injections are administered.
How long does the treatment last? In some individuals, the results
may last only a few months; in others, the results may be maintained indefinitely.
Researchers believe that age, genetic background, skin quality and lifestyle,
as well as the injected body site may all play a role in the injected material's
"staying power." However, the precise reason for the variation of results
among patients has yet to be identified.
What are the risks, complications and side effects of Fillers? When
injectables are administered by a qualified plastic surgeon, complications
are infrequent and usually minor in nature. Still, individuals vary greatly
in their anatomy, their physical reactions and their healing abilities.
The outcome of treatment with injectables is never completely predictable.
Risks not necessarily related to allergies include infection, abscesses,
open sores, skin peeling, scarring and lumpiness, which may persist over
the treated area. Reports of these problems are very rare.
Before your procedure.
Be sure to inform your doctor of your medical history, known allergies and
all medications, vitamins and/or herbal supplements you are currently taking
before having collagen injections. Skin should be healthy and free of any
infection or irritation around the planned injection sites.
After your procedure.
Immediately following treatment, you may notice some minor discomfort, stinging
or throbbing in the injected area. An over the counter pain reliever may
be taken to alleviate discomfort.
Occasionally some bruising or swelling will occur, but it is usually minor.
Any redness that appears in the injected site usually disappears within
24 hours. However, in some individuals, particularly fair-skinned patients,
this redness may persist for a week or more. Tiny scabs may also form over
the needle-stick areas; these generally heal quickly.
The duration of results from Filler injections is variable and not permanent.
Filler longevity depends on the patient's lifestyle and physical characteristics
as well as the part of the body treated. In general, the injected material
is likely to disappear faster in areas that are more affected by muscle
Normal daily activities can be resumed immediately after treatment. You
are free to eat, drink and wear makeup with sunblock protection shortly