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Injectable fillers are substances that can be injected beneath the skin to fill in facial hollows, folds, and wrinkles. There are a variety of fillers available including Botox®, Restylane®, Juvederm™, Radiesse®. Most fillers offer temporary results and will require repeat treatment in order to maintain the effect. Good candidates for injectable fillers include men and women who are looking to correct a loss of volume or improve facial lines or wrinkles.
Both Restylane® and Juvederm™ are made of hyaluronic acid. Restylane® can smooth wrinkles, shape facial contours, and sculpt the lips. Juvederm™ can fill in deep facial folds, lines and wrinkles, contour facial features like the chin and cheeks, and restore fullness to the lips.
Radiesse® is made of calcium hydro-xylapatite and can be used to treat wrinkles, creases, and scars. Made of polylactic acid (PLLA), may be used to fill in sunken cheeks, hollow eyes, indentations, folds, and other sunken areas of the face.
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Dr. Schwartz performs injectable filler procedures in his office using local anesthesia. The process is quick, lasting just fifteen minutes. A small needle is used, and the filler is injected beneath the skin of the treatment area. There is virtually no recovery or downtime associated with injectables. Some patients may experience mild bruising, swelling, or redness at the injection site, but these side effects typically fade within one to two days. Work and other normal activities can typically be resumed right after treatment.
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Injectable Fillers FAQ
Injectable fillers are substances that are injected beneath the skin to fill in hollows, folds, and wrinkles of the face. Restylane®, Juvederm™, Radiesse®, are just a few of the many fillers available.
Men and women seeking an improvement in facial lines or wrinkles or looking to correct a loss of volume may be good candidates for an injectable filler procedure.
Restylane® is an injectable filler made of hyaluronic acid which can smooth wrinkles, shape facial contours, and sculpt the lips.
Juvederm™ is an injectable filler made of hyaluronic acid which can fill in deep facial folds, lines and wrinkles, restore fullness to the lips, and contour facial features like the cheeks and chin.
Radiesse® is an injectable filler made of calcium hydro-xylapatite which can improve the appearance of wrinkles, creases, and scars for up to one to two years.
Sculptra™an injectable filler made of polylactic acid (PLLA) which may be used to fill in sunken cheeks, indentations, folds, hollow eyes, and other sunken areas of the face. Results may last up to two years.
During the consultation with Dr. Schwartz you will discuss what it is that you dislike about your face and what you hope to achieve with an injectable filler. Your skin will be examined, a thorough medical history taken, and your options discussed. All details of the injectable filler procedure will be explained and any questions or concerns that you may have will be addressed.
Dr. Schwartz performs injectable filler procedures in his office.
Dr. Schwartz performs injectable filler procedures with local anesthesia to maximize the patient’s comfort.
Once the local anesthetic is administered, the injectable filler is injected directly beneath the skin of the treatment area. The process is quick, taking just fifteen minutes to complete.
Injectable filler procedures are quick in-office treatments that take just fifteen minutes to perform.
There is little pain associated with injectable filler procedures. Local anesthesia is used to further maximize the patient’s comfort.
While some minor swelling, bruising, and redness may occur at the injection site, there is virtually no downtime associated with injectable filler procedures. Patients can immediately return to work and other normal activities after treatment.
Patients can usually return to work and other normal activities immediately after the injectable filler procedure.
As with most cosmetic surgery procedures, there are potential risks associated with injectable fillers which may include adverse anesthesia reactions, allergic reaction, bruising, numbness, redness, swelling, discoloration, and lumping and granulomas.
Injectable filler procedures that are performed for cosmetic reasons are generally not covered by insurance, though some amount of coverage may be available when treating scars or indentations resulting from accident or injury. Patients should consult with their own insurance carrier.
There are financing options available for many plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery procedures.
The duration of results will depend upon the particular injectable filler. Juvederm™ typically lasts up to six months, Restylane® up to one year, Radiesse® from one to two years, and Sculptra™ up to two years.
Although “what’s going to happen” can seem like a broad question to ask, it will give you a good sense of what you can expect during your filler appointment. It will also give you a sense of when you can expect results to appear and how you might feel immediately after the injections. Usually, getting an injection doesn’t take a considerable amount of time. Some people schedule them for their lunch breaks or right after work. Depending on how many areas you are having injected, you can expect the process to take about 30 minutes or less per area. You might also want to know how the filler will change your appearance. Some, such as Juvederm, provide instant results. Depending on where you get the filler, you’ll have filled-in wrinkles or plumper lips right away. Other fillers, such as Sculptra, need time to work and produce results gradually, usually over the span of a few months.
Understanding what happens during and after your injection is the first step in helping you choose the best filler for your needs. Other factors include what the fillers are made from, how long they will last, and the specific areas they treat. Some are designed to restore volume, such as in the cheeks or lips. Others are designed to fill in and smooth wrinkles. A filler’s ingredients and composition can influence how long it lasts and how long you can expect to see results. Some fillers can provide results for up to two years, while others wear off much more quickly, often after just a few months.
Before getting dermal fillers for the first time, it’s a good idea to make sure they’re the most appropriate option for you. Knowing what the fillers are designed to treat is one way to make sure that they’re appropriate for you. If you understand what fillers do, you can assess whether they line up with your goals or not. Your overall health might also influence whether or not fillers are a good option for you. It’s a good idea to sit down with a facial plastic surgeon and talk about your current health and any medical conditions you have, as well as any lifestyle factors that might affect the results of fillers or put you at risk for certain complications.
What you do after getting dermal fillers depends on how you feel. Although many people do resume their usual activities right away or within 24 hours, you might notice that there is some bruising or swelling in the injected area and you might want to take some additional time off. For the most part, recovery after the injections is quick. You most likely won’t have to give up exercise or other vigorous activity for more than a few days. Your surgeon can give you more details on what to expect and what you can do right after treatment.
Dermal fillers are meant to provide results on a temporary basis. If you find that you aren’t happy with your appearance after you get a filler treatment, however, you don’t necessarily have to wait for them to wear off.
Why choose Dr. Schwartz?
- Dr. Michael Schwartz is certified by both the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and American Board of Otolaryngology.
- MD from Baylor College of Medicine, where he completed his General Surgery Residency at Beth Israel Medical Center and ENT Residency at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center.
- He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and the American College of Surgeons.
- Dr. Schwartz is an active staff member with Good Samaritan Medical Center, West Palm Beach, Florida.
- He has over 30 years of experience as a surgeon and is extensively trained in the latest advancements in facial plastic surgery.