- Juvederm Ultra Plus
- Juvederm Voluma
- Restylane Silk
- Restylane Lyft
- Juvederm Ultra
What are fillers?
Fillers are what we use to restore volume. Fillers come in many varieties, with the most common being hyaluronic acid. This is a naturally occurring substance in our body that provides the fullness/padding under our skin. Fillers are most commonly used in the temples, cheeks, under the eyes, in and around the lips and in the hands.
Why do we use them?
As we age, the bone structure in our face begins to diminish, causing us to lose the underlying structural support we had in our youth. We start to notice that our cheeks don’t project like they used to, or the area below the corner of our mouth seems to cave in. Additionally, we have fat pads in the face that begin to shrink, which also contributes to the sagging and loss of fullness in our face.
By adding fillers, we can restore the structure and padding lost over time and recreate our facial foundation, giving patients a more youthful look.
Does it hurt?
Depending on where we inject, there can be some discomfort. For example, when we fill the lips it can be uncomfortable, but when we fill the cheeks, it is virtually pain-free.
Is there any downtime?
No, though you may have swelling and bruising.
How long does it last?
The duration depends on the type of filler and the location in which it is being used. Generally, fillers can last anywhere between 6-12 months.
What are the risks or side effects?
The most common side effects from fillers are swelling, bruising and tenderness. On occasion, patients can develop infections or suffer an allergic reaction to the filler, which will need to be dissolved. Additionally, small papules can develop under the skin (granulomas), and we have ways to combat this. In rare circumstances, patients can develop blindness or necrosis of the skin if the filler is injected into an artery. We will discuss the treatment, risks and side effects in detail during your visit.