Injectable fillers are injected into areas of facial tissue where moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds occur. They temporarily add volume to the skin and subcutaneous tissues, may give the appearance of a smoother skin surface and may help smooth moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds.
Correction is temporary; therefore, touch-up injections as well as repeat injections are usually needed to maintain optimal correction. Most patients need one or possibly two treatments to achieve optimal wrinkle smoothing. The results may last as long as 6 months to 2 years.
Other treatments for dermal soft-tissue augmentation include but are not limited to products such as Versa, JuvedermTM, Radiesse, Restylane, Hylaform, Cosmoderm and Perlane. Aside from these treatments, additional options for the correction of lines and wrinkles do exist, including facial creams, BOTOX® Cosmetic (Botulinum Toxin Type A), chemical peels, and laser skin surface treatments, and surgery. Other options not mentioned here may exist. All options should be discussed with your physician.
Side Effects and Complications
Most side effects are mild or moderate in nature, and their duration is short lasting (7 days or less). The most common side effects include, but are not limited to, temporary injection-site reactions such as: redness, pain/tenderness, firmness, swelling, lumps/bumps, bruising, itching, infection and discoloration.
In the first 24 hours after injection, you should avoid strenuous exercise, extensive sun or heat exposure, and alcoholic beverages. Exposure to any of the above may cause temporary redness, swelling, and/or itching at the injection sites. If there is swelling, you may need to place an ice pack over the swollen area. You should ask your physician when makeup may be applied after your treatment.
Be sure to report any redness and/or visible swelling that lasts for more than a few days, or any other symptoms that cause you concern.
Injectable fillers should not be used if you have:
∙ Severe allergies marked by a history of anaphylaxis or history or presence of multiple severe allergies
∙ A history of allergies to Gram-positive bacterial proteins