Injectables & Fillers
What are injectable fillers?
The injectable fillers, also known as soft tissue fillers,are products that are injected into specific areas of the faceto correct any textural irregularities by plumping and smoothing out the skin depression. Injectable fillers work byrestoring facial volume and filling out wrinkled or uneven areas of the face, thereby bringing an immediate vibrant and youthful appearance in one’s face without surgery.
With aging, the skin becomes more susceptible to wrinkles and sagging. The injectable fillers do not stop the aging process but restore the age related volume loss in the face providing asignificant facial rejuvenation.
What are the indications for using an injectable filler?
Injectable fillers are used to correct a variety of cosmetic concerns that include:
- Smoothing wrinkles, lines and folds
- Shaping facial curves such as the cheeks and jaw line
- Restoring volume and fullness to the skin
- Lip plumping and filling in lip lines
- Raising scar depressions
What does the procedure involve?
The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and involves the following steps:
- The areas to be injected on your face are marked and cleaned with an antibacterial agent.
- Topical anaesthetic agents may be used to numb the areas to be treated or sometimes the filler itself may contain a local anaesthetic that makes the injection more comfortable. Local anaesthetic may be required for deeper injections, for example –to fill deep nasolabial folds, marionette lines and the cheeks.
- Your surgeon then injects the filler through a fine needle beneath the surface of the skin
- The marks are then washed away and cold packs are applied immediately
- Make-up may be applied that allows you to resume your daily activities immediately
Multiple injections are required for areas with deep lines and scars. The amount of injection administered varies between patients and depends on the depth and size of the wrinkle. The best injectable filler for treatment is selected based on your age, condition of your skin, amount of sun damage and genetics.
What are the risks and complications associated with injecting fillers?
Though injectable fillers arevery safe to use, they are associated with a few complications. Some of these includeallergic reaction, bruising at the injection site, temporary numbness, redness, swelling, pain, skin death, itching and rashes on the treated area. Some of the potential risks of filler injections includethe formation of lumps that are particularly associated with the use of microscopic granular substances such as the PMMAs.
Injectable Fillers that contain materials from non-human sources require a pre-treatment allergy test.
How fast will I recover after the procedure and what precautions should I take?
- The procedure provides immediate resultsand requires very minimal downtime, allowing you to return to normal activities and work,directly following the treatment.
- You may be instructed to avoid strenuous activities and excessive exposure to sunlight and heat the rest of the day following treatment.
- You may experience swelling and bruising at the injection site that will fade away in a few days. If you have human fat filler injected, there might be an over filled appearance which would return to normal in a few hours or days, or sometimes may even take several weeks.
How long do the results last?
The results from most injectable fillers are temporary lasting from a few months to one year depending on the type of filler injections used and the area of the face treated. For better results, repeated treatment sessions are encouraged.