Dermal fillers are injectable substances used to restore volume and fullness to the face, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and enhance facial features. They are a popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment option for patients who want to improve their appearance without undergoing surgery.
The most common dermal fillers are made from hyaluronic acid, a substance naturally found in the body that helps to hydrate and plump the skin. Other types of dermal fillers are made from synthetic materials, such as calcium hydroxyapatite or poly-L-lactic acid.
During the procedure, the surgeon will use a small needle or cannula to inject the filler into the treatment area. The process usually takes only a few minutes and requires no downtime. Patients may experience some mild swelling, redness, or bruising, but these side effects typically resolve within a few days.
Before the procedure
Patients should consult with their surgeon to discuss their goals and expectations for the treatment. They should also provide a detailed medical history and disclose any medications or supplements they are taking. The surgeon may also provide specific instructions on how to prepare for the procedure, such as avoiding certain medications or supplements before treatment.
After the procedure
Patients can usually resume normal activities immediately. However, they should avoid touching or rubbing the treated area for several hours to prevent displacement of the filler. They should also avoid sun exposure, intense heat, and strenuous exercise for a few days to prevent swelling and bruising.
The results of dermal fillers can last anywhere from six months to two years, depending on the type of filler used and the patient’s individual response. Patients may choose to undergo maintenance treatments to maintain their results over time.
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