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Wednesday, 17 April 2013 18:31

Injectables & Fillers: What You Need to Know

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Today’s dermal fillers and Injectables offer patients a simple solution for filling facial hollows, depressions, wrinkles and scars, enhancing lips and cheeks, and treating facial lines. But with so many different options on the market, we’re here to give you the information to be an informed patient before you take a seat in the doctor’s chair.

The Basics

Dermal fillers and Injectables are generally divided into two broad categories: those which treat static wrinkles (the wrinkles you can see even when you’re not forming facial expressions), and those intended to reduce or eliminate the appearance of dynamic wrinkles (wrinkles you can see only when you make facial expressions).  Static wrinkles are lines that occur as a result of sagging or loss of elasticity and moisture retention; dynamic wrinkles appear as a result of facial expression, such as smiling or frowning. Juvederm and Restylane are two popular dermal fillers and Injectables that treat static wrinkles. Both products are derived from hyaluronic acid, a substance which occurs naturally in skin and other tissues, offering natural “plumping”.

For dynamic wrinkles, Botox is the product of choice. This extremely popular dermal is known as a “denervating agent”. Basically, the  injectable blocks nerve signals which trigger muscle contractions during facial expressions. By blocking the nerve signals, the muscles do not contract, and frown lines, crow’s feet and other dynamic wrinkles can’t form.

Are They Right for You

Getting an injectable or filler can be a big decision and it’s important to remember that they are not cosmetics. While they can improve symptoms of aging and enhance features, it is not a procedure to be done at impulse. Research the injector, the injectable, and your own health to be sure you feel comfortable. If you don’t, then skip the procedure.

Both men and women can benefit from these treatments but they should be in good physical and mental health. It’s important to be realistic about the results a filler or injectable can provide as well, they are not a quick fix for severe aging symptoms like extremely lax skin. Over 30’s are the typical age group to receive the treatment, however, because they can prevent premature aging and wrinkles the procedure is beginning to see a younger demographic as well.

The Procedure

With a skilled professional, the treatment can be pretty straight forward. A board certified plastic surgeon, dermatologist, facial plastic surgeon, oculoplactic surgeon are the best option, however, it is okay to receive Injectables from a trained registered nurse, certified registered nurse or physican’s assistant that works under the supervision of a physician.  You need to be very informed on the basics of the procedure, and be sure to only receive treatments from qualified injectors using legal, branded Injectables. You will be asked to fill out an informed consent form that will spell out for you how the injectable is used and what the potential risks include. Your doctor may apply a numbing cream to the treatment area to reduce any pain but some Injectables will only give you minimal discomfort and may not require any pain reliever. Be sure to ask your doctor if you should avoid any medications before or after the injection.

After the Procedure

With any of these products, there is no downtime, although you may experience some temporary redness and minor discomfort in the injection area.  The redness or swelling may last a couple hours to a couple days. As soon as the swelling or redness has gone down, you’ll be able to enjoy your results. Fillers may need to fully settle in so best results may not be seen right away.  Depending on your choice of filler or injectable, your results can last anywhere from a few months to a few years so be sure to ask your doctor.  And remember, Injectables and fillers can enhance your appearance but they aren’t a solution or severe aging symptoms like sagging skin.