What Can Fillers Do?
Many patients misunderstand fillers and sometime confuse them with Botox. Fillers are substances that are injected under the skin or lips to plump up the tissues. For the lips, fillers can provide an increase in lip size as well as enhancing the definition. They can also plump out “lipstick lines” that develop in many female patients.
For skin wrinkling, fillers are usually used for laugh lines (nasolabial folds) or bigger, deeper wrinkles. Fillers can also be used to increase or change the facial structure to make bigger cheeks, chin or to fill in defects and scars.
How Are Fillers Administered?
Fillers are injected through small needles. The Doctors at Lehigh Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery go to great lengths to make this procedure painless. All patients are first treated with numbing cream on the areas to be injected. If the lips are to be injected, a numbing cream is first placed, then several small dental injections of local anesthetic are given to totally numb the lips and related areas for a truly painless .
The filler is then injected in the lips, wrinkles or folds. The actual injection only takes minutes. Ice is placed on the lips immediately after the injections. The lips generally swell somewhat but most patients are able to return to work the next day. Rarely, some patients experience more significant swelling. For this reason, a first time filler patient may want to be treated on a Friday. It is also a good idea to refrain from aspirin or drugs that delay clotting for 1-2 weeks to decrease bruising when injecting fillers.
How Long Does the Filler Last?
There is no correct answer to this question as each patient metabolizes fillers differently. Research has shown fillers such as Restylane lasts up to 12 months. Radiesse has been shown to last over a year. Fillers may not last as long in areas of increased movement such around the mouth. Different fillers will last different periods of time in different patients. One thing for sure is that the newer fillers last considerably longer than the first generation of fillers.
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