What are fillers?
Dermal substances that are injected just below the surface of the skin to fill in lines, wrinkles, and scars. Unlike face lifts that stretch the skin, fillers add volume.
What are the risks associated with fillers?
Although they can’t help with excess sagging skin, these soft tissue fillers can add more volume and provide immediate results at a lower cost than surgery. These treatments aren’t permanent, however, and they must be repeated and maintained.
Each is unique and has its own risk profile. In general, however, risks include allergic reactions, infections, pain, and scar formation. Unacceptable results, while not a direct risk of the filler.
How do Radiesse and Juvederm work?
Radiesse and Juvederm™ are gels that are injected into the skin that adds volume to the lips and lifts up and fills out wrinkles and folds. Juvederm™ is made of hyaluronic Acid, which is a natural substance already present in your body that provides volume and fullness to the skin. Radiesse is made of a natural substance derived from bone.
Which areas respond best to fillers?
Radiesse and Juvederm™ can be used for smoothing out folds and wrinkles and shaping facial contours. The most common areas are the glabellar lines (between the eyebrows) and the nasolabial folds (from the root of the nose to the angle of the mouth), although other sites can also be treated. Only Juvederm can be used for lip enhancement. Very superficial or very deep wrinkles may be difficult to correct and may require a formal face lift or laser resurfacing.
Are Radiesse and Juvederm safe?
Yes. Both consist of naturally occurring substances that have been used safely by physicians since 1996 worldwide. Radiesse and Juvederm™ are non-animal based and fully compatible with the body; therefore allergy testing is not required. Both have minimal side effects, the most common of which is bruising. Some people experience temporary localized swelling at the injection site. Frequent icing of the injection sites in the first 24 hours is very effective in reducing these side effects.
What are treatments like?
Every effort is made to minimize any discomfort you may feel. Local anesthesia is given prior to the treatment and lidocaine is present within the filler material to further reduce any pain that might be experienced.
How long do treatments last?
Depending on the area treated, most folds and wrinkles require one treatment and the repeat maintenance treatment is usually not required for approximately 6 months or even longer.
How will I look after my treatment?
Immediately after the treatment, you can expect slight redness, swelling, tenderness or an itching sensation in the treated area. This is a normal result of the injection. The discomfort is temporary and generally disappears in a few days. After a lip treatment, the lips may become swollen and look somewhat uneven. This can persist for a few days (up to a week).
Following your injections, normal activities can be resumed immediately. Discomfort is minimal although the area treated might have a little swelling which may last a few hours.
What types of filler are there?
There are many different brands of dermal fillers in the market making it difficult to know which fillers are the best. All of these dermal fillers offer something different and it will be up to your physician to determine which ones are suitable for your particular needs.