Dermal, or injectable, fillers are a group of substances used to restore facial contours or reduce the appearance of lines and creases caused by sun damage, heridity and aging. Fillers can plump thin lips, soften facial creases and wrinkles and improve the appearance of recessed scars. Results are generally seen immediately and normal activity can proceed following the injection.
There are many topics to discuss when considering dermal fillers. A client's lifestyle, health and wishes are all taken in to consideration. Below are just a few items that are discussed before receiveing dermal fillers at Warren Clinic Plastic Surgery.
- Why is this procedure being considered?
- What are the expectations and desired outcomes of the procedure?
- Which filler is best for the client?
- Discuss the patient's medical conditions, drug allergies and medical treatments, including current medications, vitamins and herbal supplements as well as alcohol and tobacco use.
Dr. Kevin Kunkel and his staff will use this information to evaluate the patient's general health status and any pre-existing health conditions. They will also discuss all side effects, most commonly bruising and bleeding at the injection site.
Types of Fillers
- Collagen - A natural protein that supports the skin. The results may last 2 to 4 months.
- Hyaluronic Acid - A natural substance found in our bodies. The results may last 6 months or longer.
- Hydroxylapatite - A mineral-like compound found naturally in human bones. It is the heaviest of facial fillers and is recommended to fill deeper creases such as nasolabial folds, marionette lines and frown lines, as well as to enhance fullness of the cheeks and other facial contours.
- Human fat - Harvested from your own body, human fat can be reinjected to enhance facial fullness, fill deep creases and to build up shallow contours. Fat injection requires a more extensive procedure than other injectable fillers because it uses liposuction techniques to extract the fat prior to injection.
- PMMA (polymethylmethacrylate) fillers - Recommended for the correction of facial wrinkles known as smile lines.
View 3D animation of an injectable fillers.
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