Facial fillers are products such as collagen, hyaluronic acid and calcium hydroxyl apatite that rejuvenate facial skin by reducing or eliminating wrinkles, raising scar depressions, enhancing lips and replacing soft-tissue volume loss through facial injections. With age, our skin becomes more susceptible to wrinkles and sagging. Exposure to sun and years of muscle movement ( squinting, chewing, smiling ) contribute to tissue breakdown of the skin.
Facial fillers are temporary to long-lasting solutions administered through a few tiny facial injections on specific areas of the face. Various types of facial fillers are available; each is designed with one or several purposes, such as wrinkle reduction and lip augmentation.
We use FDA approved products for placement in the nasolabial folds, which are the "parentheses lines" which extend from the outer edge of the nostrils to the corners of the mouth. This is the most common area for treatment but there are several other areas where the product works beautifully. These other areas are considered "off-label" but are perfectly safe to be treated in the hands of skilled and well-trained injectors. The other areas I commonly treat in my practice are the marionette lines (below the corners of the mouth), the lips, the cheeks, the nose, and along the jawline.
Here are some treatment types:
What Is The Procedure
As with all dermal fillers, we inject into the treatment area with an extremely fine needle. Any discomfort is usually minimal, although your physician may numb your skin with a topical anesthetic beforehand. You won’t need any pre-treatment allergy testing, however, because our products don’t contain any allergy-causing animal-derived ingredients. It’s entirely biodegradable.
One 10-minute treatment - a few tiny injections - and within days there is a noticeable improvement in moderate to severe facial lines, taking years off of your appearance.
Some of the products we use:
My upper lip was always very thin. After Dr Clark did the injections, I finally have lips! Now I can wear lipgloss without all the lip liner I used to have to wear. They look natural and pretty.
What To Expect: Physical and Social Down Time
After a filler injection, the patient can expect some pain, redness, swelling, and possibly itching. Swelling may last up to 36 hours. If symptoms start to get worse 1 to 3 days after the treatment, we advise the patient call their doctor—they may be getting an infection.