How do fillers work and are fillers right for me?
Hyaluronic Acid fillers are injected into the desired areas with a fine needle. The purified Hyaluronic Acid stays in and provides volume to fill in areas. Different conditions in which areas of the skin are sunken in or depressed respond well to this treatment. Common conditions include wrinkles, such as around the cheeks, lips, frown lines or smile lines between the upper lip and cheeks. Flattened or less defined lip borders can also be plumped up with Hyaluronic Acid. Depressed acne scars can also be filled. Volume can also be added to the cheeks for a more youthful appearance. A treatment typically lasts more than 6 months, before the body naturally reabsorbs the Hyaluronic Acid. At that time, repeat treatment can be done if desired.
What can I expect during the consultation?
Prior to treatment, your physician will take a medical history, to be sure that you can proceed with treatment. You should let your physician know if you have a history of cold sores. You should avoid blood thinning medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, St. John’s Wort, or high doses of vitamin E, for one week prior to and after treatment.
What can I expect during and after treatment?
The actual Hyaluronic Acid treatment involves injections with a fine needle directly into the desired areas. Topical anesthetic can be placed on the area prior to treatment. Additionally, local anesthetic can also be administered with a small injection. After treatment, there may be some local bruising, similar to having blood drawn. There is usually some slight swelling and redness, lasting approximately 2-3 days. Cold compresses may be applied to help alleviate symptoms.