Temporary "volumizers", filler injections help to plump and lift the cheeks, jawlines, and temples; fill out thin lips and plump sagging hands.
WHAT RESULTS ARE SEEN WITH FILLER INJECTIONS?
This also varies with the filler. Most fillers fill the skin, so they produce immediate — or close to immediate — results. A filler also can stimulate your body to produce collagen, but this takes time.
We do not recommend overdoing fillers. Your results will look more natural with a conservative approach. For example, patients who have very thin lips should not get dramatically fuller lips. Creating fuller lips in these patients could be extremely unflattering because the lips might start to resemble a duck’s bill.
HOW LONG WILL THE RESULTS LAST?
Most fillers offer temporary results and require repeat treatments to maintain the results.
Temporary fillers offer one key advantage. These can be injected as needed to replace lost fullness. This is advantageous because no matter what we do, our skin continues to age.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
The procedure is very quick and takes less than 5 minutes.
IS THE PROCEDURE PAINFUL?
The injection itself is painful when the needle comes into contact with the skin. If you have a low threshold for pain, you would find this procedure somewhat painful.
ARE THERE ANY COMPLICATIONS OR RISKS FROM THE PROCEDURE?
This varies with the filler. Most fillers do not cause downtime. After receiving filler injections, some patients have minor, temporary side effects where they were injected. You may have:
These side effects tend to clear within 7 to 14 days — if not earlier.
Serious side effects are more likely when the person injecting the filler does not have adequate medical training and experience. To protect your health, you should never get filler injections in a non-medical setting, such as non-medical spa, salon, or someone’s home.
When fillers are injected in a non-medical setting or by an inexperienced provider, reports of more serious side effects increase dramatically. These side effects include:
Most patients can return to their everyday activities after leaving the office. To reduce any redness and swelling from the injections, we recommend icing the area for 15 to 20 minutes before you leave. Before you leave the office, you should be able to apply makeup.
Wait until the next day to exercise or do any other strenuous activity.
Stay out of the sun and do not use a tanning bed or other type of indoor tanning.
Avoid touching the treated area for three days