Skin Fillers Bellevue
Facial rejuvenation compromises a whole spectrum of noninvasive techniques. As we age the facial volume decreases where there is loss of natural fat. Volume is not only lost over time but also begins to descend giving the appearance of a saggy face. Wrinkling of the skin with loss of elasticity and retaining ligament weakness also progress with time. Surgery is one option for correction of these normal changes. However there are multiple other options that do not involve surgery.
Restoration of volume can be performed with the use of fillers. Fillers are composed of a variety of products namely hyaluronic acid (HA) or calcium hydroxyapatite for example. There are also multiple manufactures that make filler. Essentially what is important is the filler material and who is injecting it.
The filler material is not permanent and is limited in how long it will last. Depending on the filler it may last anywhere from 3 months to 2 years on average. Below are some common brand names and their composition.
- Juvaderm Hyaluronic Acid Filler
- Restylane Hyaluronic Acid Filler
- Belotero Hyaluronic Acid Filler
- Radiesse Calcium Hydroxyapatite Filler
- Sculptra Polylactic Acid Filler
Different fillers have different advantages and disadvantages. The key is the technique in injection and what your goals are. Injection techniques range from deep towards the bone or superficial closer to skin depending on what are you are trying to volumize or what wrinkle you are trying to fill.
Filler Reversal or Correction
Sometimes the filler may need to be reversed or removed. Hyaluronidase is an enzyme which breaks down hyaluronic acid (HA) which is the filler. The effect is almost immediate and a result can be seen quite quickly. Dr. Parikh can reverse filler if necessary.
Preparing for Filler
Your goals should be set, a thorough consultation regarding what areas you want to improve and what areas bother you the most is important. Multiple fillers may be needed to reach your desired goals and this will be discussed during your consultation. Also medications or over the counter supplements that thin the blood can increase the risk of bleeding and bruising. These medications should be stopped a minimum of a 1 week prior to filler treatment.
Post Procedure Recovery
Filler results can be seen immediately after injection. You will notice a change in volume instantly after the procedure. Swelling and bruising can occur sometimes and be seen soon after the procedure. This should reside within a week. There are no restrictions and it is a quick office based procedure.
- Skin Necrosis
Complications are rare and can be discussed at the time of your consultation.