Injectable fillers are FDA-approved for treating facial wrinkles and folds, especially those around the nose and mouth. These nonsurgical treatments temporarily add volume to facial tissue, providing a smoother facial appearance when injected into areas of facial tissue where moderate facial wrinkles and folds occur.
Dr. Richard Rand is a Board Certified plastic surgeon who offers a full range of nonsurgical med spa treatments for Seattle men and women, including injectable fillers. Together with his expert staff at the Northwest Center for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in Bellevue, Dr. Rand takes a customized approach to bring out the best in your face and body.
If you’d like to learn more about how injectable fillers can enhance your appearance, please don’t hesitate to contact our office in Bellevue today for more details.
Which Injectable Filler Is Right for You?
Dr. Rand offers several of the best injectable fillers to address a number of different appearance concerns:
- Nasolabial folds
- Marionette lines (the commas from the lips down)
- Depressed scars
- Hollowing of the cheeks
Injectable fillers can also be used to plump thin lips during lip augmentation.
Restylane® is a hyaluronic acid gel, with a slightly more cohesive texture than JUVÉDERM that’s ideal for building up volume and filling superficial and deeper lines. In Dr. Rand’s experience, Restylane causes less swelling than Juvederm.
Restylane® Lyft is closely related to Restylane® and can be used to provide lift to the cheeks and add volume to correct and smooth smile lines (nasolabial folds). It is specifically designed to add fullness to the cheeks and midface area, which can result in a more natural-looking, youthful appearance.
What Is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring sugar found in the human body that acts as a hydrator and cushioning agent in the skin, holding water and delivering nutrients. There are multiple wrinkle fillers on the market that contain hyaluronic acid, including JUVÉDERM®, Restylane® and Restylane® Lyft.
How Injectable Fillers Work
Common wrinkles such as nasolabial folds, marionette lines, lip lines and other imperfections can be corrected with dermal fillers. Most patients need just one treatment to achieve optimal wrinkle smoothing but occasional touchups are needed. The results can last about 6 months to 1 year. With deeper volume enhancement in areas where movement is minimal, the benefits of fillers may last up to 3 years. To control discomfort during injections, Dr. Rand uses a strong topical local anesthetic ointment and ice.
What Are Possible Side Effects of Injectable Fillers?
The most common side effects include, but are not limited to, temporary injection-site reactions such as: redness, pain/tenderness, firmness, swelling, lumps/bumps, bruising, itching and discoloration. Most side effects are mild or moderate in nature, and their duration is 7 days or less. Just like any skin-injection procedure, there is a rare risk of infection.
Notify Dr. Rand if you have any of the following:
- Severe allergies marked by a history of anaphylaxis or history or presence of multiple severe allergies
- A history of allergies to lidocaine or Gram-positive bacterial proteins
- Recent use of aspirin or Motrin-type products
What to Expect During Your Treatment
Using a fine needle, Dr. Rand injects the filler into the proper plane of your skin for the treatment needed. To control discomfort, an ice pack, or topical anesthetic can be provided. The fillers have local anesthetic included in the mixture these days which is very helpful. After injection, the area may be massaged briefly to ensure smooth results.
After Your Injectable Fillers: What to Expect
Injectable filler results have been shown to last as long as 1 year, maybe longer. How long your new look lasts will partly depend on the filler used and which area is treated and the degree of movement in the area. You will see cosmetic improvements immediately and no downtime is necessary, so you can return to your normal routine right away. However, because of potential bruising, do not plan any significant events for a week after the injection!
For more information on the benefits, risks or cost of injectable fillers, contact us today at the Northwest Center for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in Bellevue.