Our bodies naturally change with age and that includes our skin. Wrinkling, thinning or sagging are amongst some of the most common, visible signs of aging. These occur because of a gradual loss of collagen, elastin and subcutaneous fat, which in turn can make one’s faces appear hollow, droopy or less firm. Luckily, there are a number of anti-aging cosmetic treatments available on the market today. If you’re looking to restore volume, fill in fine lines and creases or plump the lips, then dermal fillers may be right for you. This cosmetic treatment helps to minimize the signs of aging in patients who desire a more youthful appearance. Those interested in fillers in New Jersey should schedule a consultation with Dr. Stella.
What Is Fillers?
Filler is a gel-like injectable made up of both synthetic materials, as well as substances that are naturally found in the body. Hyaluronic acid, for example, is a commonly occurring ingredient in fillers and is a “sugar” produced by the body. This compound is what’s responsible for hydrating and plumping the skin. There are, however, four different categories of filler and each is used for a different reason. They’re made up of different formulas and vary in their consistency. Dermal fillers are a temporary cosmetic treatment. The substances that are injected into the skin are absorbed by the body and eventually break down over time. This means that in order to maintain the desired effect, patients will need follow-up treatments.
How Does Fillers Work?
Unlike Botox, dermal fillers do not freeze the muscles in the face in order to erase wrinkles and lines. Instead, a gel-like substance is injected underneath the skin to “fill” in lines and smooth out wrinkles. Your doctor will start by examining your skin and discussing your aesthetic goals. Then, they will clean the treatment area and mark specific injection sites for the filler—these sites will vary for each patient. A topical anesthetic is applied to manage any discomfort and to numb the area. A fine needle is placed under the skin and your doctor will begin administering the desired filler formula. This is typically a painless procedure that takes approximately 15 minutes to perform.
What Is the Recovery
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Who Is a Good
Candidate for Fillers?
Immediately following your dermal filler injections, an ice pack may be given to you in order to control swelling and alleviate discomfort. You may feel sore in the one to two days post-procedure but this should dissipate. Tylenol can be taken to treat these symptoms. Bruising may also occur in the first 24 to 48 hours. Patients should avoid drinking alcohol, smoking or taking NSAID pain relievers at least a day before and after dermal fillers. Patients can return to work and resume their daily activities right away. The effect of fillers is immediate and typically lasts anywhere from six months and up to two years. If repeat sessions are necessary, your doctor will discuss a treatment plan with you.
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