Facial fillers, such as Juve’derm®, Restylane®, Perlane®, Radiesse® and Sculptra®, are used to treat static wrinkles, restore facial contours and add fullness to the lips. Different filler materials are better suited for different injection sites, and a consultation is necessary to discuss what effect is desired and which material is best suited to the task. Depending on the depth of the wrinkle, some can be greatly softened, while others can be almost eliminated.
How are they administered?
Fillers are administered with fine injections beneath the skin. Some products are mixed with numbing agents, such as Lidocaine, which reduce the discomfort of injection. Some swelling and redness can be expected, sometimes lasting a week or more. Certain patients may bruise at the injection site, which can also take a few weeks to resolve.
Are there any side effects?
Allergy to filler materials is rare, but could result in a red rash or lead to a facial infection. In rare instances where the filler material is not tolerated, or a displeasing result occurs, the filler material can be dissolved with a second injection.
How long will it last?
Initially, the companies producing these filler materials stated they last 9-12 months, however, many patients find they last longer and in our experience some patients have results lasting past 2 years.