Injectable wrinkle fillers are soft tissue fillers that are injected into the skin to give a more youthful appearance. They fill in lines and wrinkles that are the result of aging, smoking, sun exposure and gravity. The typical procedure takes less than thirty minutes and results last up to a year.
How do injectable fillers work?
While Botox injections work by relaxing muscles, injectable wrinkle fillers use substances that fill in lines and creases and add volume to facial features. They can be used to plump up cheeks and lips, soften facial features and reduce saggy skin. Often, they are used in conjunction with other skin treatment procedures (e.g., facelifts and Botox injections).
What are my options?
A variety of substances are used as wrinkle fillers. All products are absorbed by the body over time, which means repeated injections are necessary to maintain results. These include:
Collagen. A natural protein that is found in the skin and tissues.
Hyaluronic acid. A natural lubricating gel the body produces to plump the skin. Juvedérm®, Restylane® and Belotero are popular products containing HA.
Calcium hydroxylapatite. A mineral found in bone; it is biodegradable and implanted as a gel.
Poly-L-lactic acid. A synthetic material made from alpha-hydroxy acid that has been used in medical procedures involving dissolvable stitches and bone screws. Radiesse® is a popular product made with CaHA.
Poly-L-lactic acid. A synthetic material created from alpha-hydroxy acid and frequently used in medical procedures involving dissolvable stitches and bone screws. It is the main ingredient in Sculptra®.
Injectable wrinkle treatment is a quick outpatient procedure performed in a doctor’s office with either a local or topical anesthesia. Results are immediate and will last from four months to a year.
Are there any side effects of the procedure?
Possible side effects and risks include infection, bruising, swelling, redness, pain, tenderness, numbness, itching and rash, skin nodules, abscesses, open sores, blurred vision, flu-like symptoms and allergic reactions. Most of these are temporary and disappear within a week; in rare cases, long-term side effects may occur.
Before undergoing this type of procedure, be aware of the potential risks and make sure you select a doctor who is trained for your specific procedure.
Call Gardner Facial Plastic Surgery at (435) 628-1704 for more information or to schedule an appointment.