An injectable filler is a derma product used to add volume, smooth wrinkles and rejuvenate skin on the face with lasting results.
Due to weight loss and aging, the face will naturally lose some of its laxity and volume, resulting in a sagging, wrinkles and fine lines. We offer injectable fillers to our patients to fight the signs of aging. An injectable filler is a non-surgical procedure used to add volume under the skin, and create a smoother, younger appearance. When combined with other anti-aging treatments, such as Filling Material, injectable fillers are labeled the “liquid facelift”. These procedures offer patients some of the benefits of a surgical facelift without the invasive nature and downtime it takes to recover from surgery.
TYPES OF INJECTABLES
The market for injectable fillers has exploded over the last decade; offering numerous options and brands for patients to consider.
A fat transfer is a process that takes fat from one body part and directly transfers it to an area of the face to add volume. This type of filler offers good results, but may not last as long because the body will naturally absorb some of the injected fat.
Collagen is a protein made up of amino-acids. It can be derived from the human body or animals (known as bovine collagen). Collagen feels very natural when injected. It is commonly used in the lips for lip augmentation.
Calcium hydroxyapatite is a substance found naturally in human bones. It is a mineral-like compound and one of the heavier derma fillers. This particular filler treatment is generally used for deep crevices and creases.
Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance that exists in the human body. It can be found in connective and skin tissue and cartilage. It is extracted, reformulated and then offered as a derma filler. It is a popular choice because of its compatibility.
Polylactic acid is a synthetic substance created and used as a filler. This particular substance works differently than the other fillers because, once injected, it stimulates collagen production. Therefore, results will not be immediate but will appear gradually over time.
One of the more lasting fillers on the market today is polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA). This filler contains a low concentration of microspheres suspended in a larger amount of purified collagen gel. PMMA is more solid and heavier than most other fillers. It is used for deep wrinkles, deep contours and crevices, and is sometimes used as an implant during reconstructive surgery.
DURING – AFTER THE PROCEDURE
Prior to treatment, the practitioner will assess various aspects of the face and make marks directly on the skin to note where the injection sites will be. The face will be cleansed and a local anesthetic will be applied to help numb the top layer of skin. Using a syringe with a fine needle, the filler will be injected into the marked areas until the desired fullness has been achieved. Most patients are pleased with their results. While this will vary by filler product, most will produce results lasting from 3 months to a full year.
The price for an injectable filler treatment will vary depending on how many syringes will be needed and product used. On average, most patients can expect to pay between $300-$900 for a treatment.
INJECTABLE FILLER FAQ
All injectable fillers on the market today are FDA-approved and are safe to use. It is important to discuss the differences between each filler treatment to decide which is the best choice for your specific situation.
The results of each injectable filler treatment will vary. On average, most will last between 3 months and a full year. Fat injections will last the shortest amount of time because a portion will reabsorb into the body within several months.