With the development of a range of safe and effective dermal fillers, men and women alike can now instantly look years younger after one visit with plastic surgeon Dr. Bryan Correa. Receiving facial fillers from Dr. Correa can immediately improve the appearance of many things, and in the right patient, it can almost be like an instant facelift. Here are some examples of what it can help with:
- Thin lips
- Shallow facial contours
- Hollow cheeks
- Wrinkle and frown lines
- Deep laugh lines
Types of facial fillers
Some fillers such as Juvéderm® and Sculptra™ contain hyaluronic acid which stimulates the body to produce more collagen. Over time the results of these treatments continue to improve as the collagen is increased. These treatments can last up to 18 months depending on your facial care regimen.
Other products such as Artefill® don’t absorb into the body and last longer. This product is used to correct smile lines and the nasolabial fold which runs from the base of the nose to the lips. People with pronounced lines from the corner of the lower lips to the chin, also called marionette lines, can also benefit from injections of Artefill®.
Radiesse™ is an FDA approved dermal filler for the face. It contains another collagen stimulating substance, calcium hydroxyapatite, which plumps out the hand, smoothes out wrinkles and fine lines and continues to improve over time.
How do dermal fillers work?
Dermal fillers are made of biocompatible material that is injected into specific areas of the face. Using fillers will:
- Smooth fine lines and wrinkles
- Decrease the depth of laugh lines and frown lines
- Plump out cheek areas that have begun to sag
- Minimize the appearance of acne and other scars
It requires an extensive understanding of facial structure and the muscles responsible for creating expressions to successfully use these products. Otherwise the result can be very artificial looking.
Which product should I choose?
There are many approved facial fillers on the market, each with its own recommended applications. It is almost impossible to know which product will give you the result you seek without professional guidance. Therefore consultation with a plastic surgeon is vital when considering rejuvenation options for your face. Dr. Correa will recommend the best product for your procedure during your pretreatment consultation. This will ensure that you will look refreshed and more youthful without drawing attention to the fact that you have had rejuvenation treatments.
Benefits of facial fillers
The main benefit of fillers is that the effects are essentially instant and there is virtually no downtime. The procedure is very fast, taking less than an hour with very minimal discomfort. Many patients report there is NO pain at all. Other than a topical anesthetic, the procedure is drug-free and there are no stitches. You can have a rejuvenating treatment over your lunch hour and return to work. Some fillers have long lasting results, but most are eventually absorbed back into the body.
What to expect before, during, and after treatment
Before your appointment, you will need a consultation with Dr. Correa both for safety and to discuss your concerns. He will evaluate your facial and hand structure to determine if the result you are seeking can be satisfactorily achieved with fillers. If the effects of aging or skin changes are very pronounced, he might suggest that it is time for you to consider surgery. He will ask health-related questions to determine if there are any health risks associated with providing you with this type of treatment. If you have allergies, any inflammatory skin conditions or sensitivity to any of the materials in the fillers, you may not be a good candidate. However, the vast majority of people who see Dr. Correa for dermal facial fillers are very good candidates for fillers and enjoy the rapid improvement to their appearance that these products deliver.
When you arrive for facial fillers, your skin will be thoroughly cleansed and all makeup in the treatment area will need to be removed. Depending on the treatment you will receive, you will be given a topical anesthetic or simply have ice applied to the treatment area. Some fillers don’t require any pre treatment. After the skin is ready, the filler will be injected. There may be a slight sensation of stinging or warmth which goes away relatively quickly. If there is any redness or slight swelling, you may have a cold pack applied for 15 to 30 minutes while in the office. Usually you can reapply makeup after the treatment and return to your normal activities.
You will be asked to refrain from exercising on the day of treatment or possibly longer to minimize any swelling or bruising that might occur. The area shouldn’t be touched or massaged for several days unless the type of filler you received requires some massaging for a few days. You will be given full instructions on what to do following the treatment and whether or not follow up treatments are recommended to get the full effect you are seeking.
You don’t have to live with signs of aging which can undermine self confidence and create stress. It is a simple process to turn back the clock so you can look your best. If you’re looking at receiving dermal fillers, contact Dr. Correa today.