Injectable fillers are one of the most popular facial rejuvenation techniques. As we age, the underlying tissues that keep our skin looking youthful and firm begin to break down due to the effects of gravity, sun exposure, diet, genetic factors, and years of facial muscle movement. Over time these factors contribute to the development of lines, wrinkles, and folds in the face.
When used as standalone treatments or with other procedures,injectable fillers can reduce or eliminate wrinkles and scars, create fuller lips, and treat lipoatrophy, or fat loss beneath the skin. With little downtime and almost immediate results, injectable fillers offer a safe, effective method of restoring a smoother, more youthful appearance.
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What Causes Wrinkles?
What are Hyaluronic Acid Fillers?
While there are a variety of hyaluronic acid fillers, some of the most common are Esthelis®, Restylane®, and Juvederm®. Hyaluronic acid fillers are generally biocompatible, which means allergy skin testing is not required prior to treatment.
Hyaluronic Acid Injection Procedure
Using an ultra fine needle, hyaluronic acid is injected into the dermis at several points along the edge of the treatment area.
After approximately 2 – 3 injections, the treatment area is massaged. Injection of the filler along the length of the wrinkle or fold until maximum correction has been achieved. If a local anesthesia has not been used, you may feel some minor stinging from the injections. As the injected hyaluronic acid molecules attract and bind water molecules, the volume beneath the skin will increase, restoring a smoother, more youthful appearance.
Risks & side effects
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The body will eventually metabolize and absorb the injected hyaluronic acid over time. Therefore, while the effects are immediate, hyaluronic acid injections do not provide the same long-lasting results that may be gained from cosmetic surgery. Although the longevity of results varies by patient, results from hyaluronic acid injections are typically maintained for 6 – 12 months.