There is no getting away from aging, but a facial filler also known in the world of cosmetics injectables can help us turn back time. With aging comes a lot of changes with the least favorite being a change in your skin. Just because you get older does not mean you have to look like it! There are steps that you can take to have you feeling young again!
Facial fillers or dermal fillers are also known as “injectables” or “soft-tissue fillers.” These facial fillers do just what their name suggests: they fill in the area under the skin, making it look smooth and young again. Fillers injected into the face can help improve your appearance in the following ways:
- Contouring – Facial fillers can help you take control of your facial structure, allowing your to contour your jawline as well as other areas of your face.
- Decrease Wrinkles – Facial fillers can help fill in your wrinkles and smooth down the fine lines and deep creases found in your face. Helps Scarring: Facial fillers can help you improve other imperfections you may notice on your face, like scars and sagging skin.
- Lip and Cheek Plumping – Facial fillers are often injected to help your fill out your thin or wrinkled lips or plumping up your cheeks.
What materials are used?
If you are thinking of getting facial fillers, it is important that you realize they are not a permanent fix wrinkled skin. Most of the materials used for wrinkle fillers can only provide that “new skin smoothness” temporarily because your body eventually absorbs them. The smoothness effect provided by the facial fillers will last for about six months, possibly longer. Whether or not your results are successful depends largely on the health of your skin, how skilled your doctor is, and the type of filler that is used.
- Collagen: Collagen is the main structural protein found in the connective tissues of animal bodies. It is the most abundant protein in mammals. Collagen is found in fibrous tissues like tendons, ligaments, skin, corneas, cartilage, bones, blood vessels, guts, intervertebral disc, and dentin. Collagen for use as a facial filler can be extracted from many different sources. Collagen can come from pigs, cows, cadavers, or may be generated in a laboratory.
- Hyaluronic Acid: This material is the most popular category of wrinkle fillers. These acids are viscous fluid carbohydrates that are present in your connective tissues, synovial fluid, and the humor of your eye. The aqueous humor in your eye is a transparent, watery fluid that is similar to plasma. It fills both the anterior and posterior chambers of your eye.
What are the risks involved in a facial filler injection?
As in any medical procedure, there are very real risks involved. That is why it is important for you to understand these risks and talk with your doctor about what type of facial filler is right for you. It is essential that you make sure your doctor is skilled in the application of facial fillers, with specific experience in this type of cosmetic procedure. The risks involved in an improperly performed facial filler procedure can include the following symptoms:
- Allergic Reactions
You can return to work the day following your treatment. Depending on where you have had your filler injected, you may experience more or less swelling. Any time there is a needle placed in your skin, there is a risk of developing bruises. Avoid using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications the week before your treatment. You can expect to experience redness and swelling immediately after your injection for two or so days after your treatment. You may need 1-2 weeks to recover from any bruising and swelling and see the full result of your facial filler injection.
Dr. Jesse Smith is a Dallas, Fort Worth and Colleyville Texas Facial Plastic Surgeon and Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery within Head & Neck and the American Board of Otolaryngology. Dr. Smith has been named Top10MD 2014, 2015 & 2016 an honor only 1-in-3 doctors succeeds within the United States. To schedule your appointment contact Dr. Jesse Smith today to schedule your free consultation or call 817-503-2442.