Injectable Fillers: Benefits and Side Effects

Injectable Fillers: Benefits and Side Effects

In recent years, injectable fillers have become one of the most popular procedures performed by plastic surgeons.  Over 2.2 million injectable filler procedures were performed in 2013 and this number is increasing. Most injectable fillers are made from hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring chemical already present in your body, although they can be composed of a various substances. Many injectable fillers are recognized by their brand names, including Juvederm, Restylane, Belotero, Voluma, and Sculptra, among others.

How do injectable fillers work?

Our faces lose subcutaneous fat as we age and the muscles beneath our skin begin to show, which can results in wrinkles, crow’s feet and smile lines. The skin on our faces also stretches, adding to the loss of volume. Other factors that affect our appearance as we age include exposure to elements, genetics and lifestyle.

Injectable fillers are injected into the skin to add volume to areas affected by problematic lines and wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid injectable fillers are less expensive than surgery and require no downtime. Most procedures can be completed within 30 minutes or less.

What are the benefits and potential side effects of injectable fillers?

Injectable fillers can help to plump thin lips, add contour to your cheeks and soften creases around the mouth and eyes. Results are seen immediately. The effects are temporary and typically last 6 to 12 months. Most patients come in once or twice yearly to maintain their results.

Side effects are rarely associated with injectable fillers since hyaluronic acid is naturally present in the body. Allergic reactions may occur and patients sometimes report small bumps or nodules after injections. Side effects such as these typically improve over time without intervention.

At Finesse Plastic Surgery, we routinely use injectable fillers to help patients seeking facial rejuvenation.  Whether you are new to fillers, or an experienced patient, our team is here to help make the best recommendations for you and guide you through the procedure.

Call Finesse Plastic Surgery today at (714) 978-2445 to schedule a consultation to find out how you would benefit from injectable fillers.

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