What are injectable fillers?
Injectable fillers are one tool for reducing the appearance of fine wrinkles and lines. Fillers can also reduce soft tissue defects from surgery, an accident or even acne.
Fat and Restylane are commonly used at Radiance. Several other types of fillers are also available, so talk to your surgeon if you are interested in a specific product.
During the consultation with your surgeon, the physician will examine your skin and recommend the best type of filler for you. Your doctor may recommend a different procedure or suggest using an injectable filler in conjunction with other treatments.
When injected just below the surface of the skin, these substances plump or fill out the area. Though the results are immediate, it is important to know that for most products they are only temporary. Depending on the filler and your genetics, results can last from three months to a year. With fat or dermis the results may be more permanent.
Fat injections fill out wrinkles and lines that develop from laughing, squinting, frowning and other facial movements. The plastic surgeon carefully removes fat from another part of your body -- such as the abdomen, thighs, buttocks or hips -- then separates the fat from blood and other body fluids, purifies it and injects it into the appropriate areas.
In the past, fat injections were usually a temporary measure, because the fat would eventually be reabsorbed by the body. Now, newer techniques allow the newly introduced fat to develop its own blood supply. Fat transferred in this way lasts longer and may be permanent.
An increasingly popular filler, Restylane is made of a substance that naturally occurs in the human body. Its results tend to be more natural and last, on average, eight to 12 months. Currently, it is approved to treat only a few areas, including the lips and nasiolabial folds (the folds between the nose and the outer ends of the mouth).
After the procedure, you'll have some swelling and possibly bruising. Depending on the extent of your the procedure, some people return to work the same day. Others return to work and other routine activities within 48 hours, at the very latest.
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