Dermal Fillers

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Dermal fillers are injections that help smooth wrinkles lines and facial creases by bulking up the tissue underneath. This results in a fuller, smoother and more youthful appearance. They can also be used to increase the volume and definition of the lips.

The fillers are injected directly into problem areas. Collagen, a natural firming fiber, is the oldest and best-known cosmetic filler. Newer alternatives include hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxyapatite, poly-L-lactic acid, polymethylmethacrylate beads, and ordinary fat harvested from your own thigh or belly. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) , dermal fillers have been called "liquid facelifts" because they offer many of the benefits of a surgical facelift immediately, without the downtime and associated costs.

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During the procedure, the filler is administered through a series of small injections to various areas on the face and head. The number, location and depth of the injections depend largely on the type of dermal fillers used and the desired results. Some treatments require a local anesthetic cream or injection. The treatment time can vary from 30 minutes to an hour.

The area may be a little swollen and tender for 24 hours after the procedure, and during that time you will be advised to avoid things including coffee, alcohol, hot drinks and the sun.

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There are very few risks associated with fillers, however, general risks include:

  • Problems such as swelling, bruising, rashes or itching
  • The filler can move away from the intended treatment area over time
  • You may have an immediate allergic reaction to the filler
  • In rare cases, the filler may form nodules or lumps in or around the injected areas 
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