At Brody Dermatology we use hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers (i.e. Juvederm, Belotero) for facial contouring, rejuvenation, wrinkle treatments, and volumization. HA is a sugar that occurs naturally in the body. In terms of the skin, HA’s role is to deliver nutrients and hydration, and act as a cushioning agent. Young, healthy skin contains a lot of HA, but factors that include aging and sun exposure reduce the amount, causing skin to lose structure and volume.
HA fillers are smooth-consistency gels that restore volume to the skin, and smooth away moderate-to-severe facial wrinkles and folds. Different fillers have different viscosities and your doctor will discuss which filler he/she thinks will achieve the desired goal.
Soft Tissue Filler Procedure
HA filler injections take about 15 minutes to administer in a doctor’s office. A fine needle is used for the injection, which is given under the skin in the targeted area to add volume or fill in wrinkles and folds. Most of the fillers we use have local anesthetic incorporated into the filler gel for procedure comfort. Afterward, the doctor may gently massage the treated area(s).
Once treatment is completed, patients can return, with virtually no downtime, to their regular activities. For the first 24 hours after treatment, to reduce the risk of complications, patients should avoid strenuous exercise, excessive sun or heat exposure, and alcohol consumption.
Results of Soft Tissue Fillers
The results of HA fillers are visible immediately after injection; any swelling and bruising, to which ice can be applied, should subside during the next few days. Results can last six to nine months, and, in some cases, up to one year. However, results may vary and correction is temporary. You may need to return for further filler injections a few weeks later to achieve your optimal goal.
Risks of Soft Tissue Fillers
Although HA filler injections are considered safe, there is a risk of side effects. They are usually limited to the injection site, and include the following:
- Pain or tenderness
- Lumps or bumps
Give our office a call to schedule a consultation! Our doctors would be happy to meet with you to answer all of your questions.