Facial fillers, also referred to as injectable fillers or facial line fillers, are substances which can be injected beneath the skin to soften the appearance of wrinkles, facial scars, and contour deformities. The result is a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance. There are many types of facial fillers, including Voluma, Juvederm, Restylane, Restylane Silk, and Radiesse.
Good candidates for facial fillers include men and women who are looking to improve the appearance of facial volume loss, wrinkles, and asymmetries. Facial fillers may be used to treat most areas of the face, including the cheeks. Dr. Moynihan performs the treatments in his office-based facility. Each session may take as little as 5 to 15 minutes to complete.
Voluma, Juvederm, Restylane, and Restylane Silk are all types of facial fillers comprised of hyaluronic acid gel, a naturally occurring substance that binds water to cells. These facial fillers can be used to correct moderate to severe facial skin aging symptoms by filling in and reducing the visibility of fine lines, deep wrinkles, and other kinds of prominent facial creases and folds. For example, they can treat forehead lines, cheek wrinkles, nasolabial folds, mouth wrinkles, marionette lines, and jowls. They can also be used for lip augmentation and to fill hollows under the eyes.
The aforementioned Voluma is a thicker form of hyaluronic acid best used for adding volume to the mid-face. It also reduces the appearance of jowls along the jawline.
Facial filler treatments may lead to the occurrence of some minor irritation at the injection site(s). Side effects such as swelling and/or bruising are often mild and temporary.
Treatments also generally involve minimal downtime, with most patients being able to return to work and other routine activities right away.
Facial fillers before and after photos reveal vast improvements that typically last 12 to 24 months.
Also known as facial line fillers or injectable fillers, facial fillers are substances injected into subdermal tissue to improve the appearance of wrinkles and other skin imperfections, restoring a more rejuvenated, younger-looking appearance. There are various types of facial fillers, among them collagen, Restylane, Juvederm, Perlane, and Radiesse.
Restylane is an injectable facial filler comprised of hyaluronic acid gel, a naturally occurring substance that binds water to cells. Restylane can be used to treat a variety of creases and lines, including smile lines and nasolabial folds. Restylane may also be used to augment the lips.
Juvederm is an injectable facial filler made of hyaluronic acid gel, a naturally occurring substance that binds water to cells. Juvederm can be used for the treatment of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds and may also be used for lip augmentation.
Perlane is a thicker form of hyaluronic acid able to treat deep lines like laugh lines and sculpt facial areas like the cheek bones.
Voluma is an FDA-approved, thicker form of hyaluronic acid used to add volume to the cheeks and mid-face.
Radiesse, previously known as Radiance, is an injectable facial filler made of calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) microspheres suspended in an aqueous, polysaccharide gel. CaHA is a biocompatible substance which is found in teeth and bone. Radiesse can improve the appearance of deep facial lines and folds, acne scarring, deep furrows between the brows, and facial depressions. It may also be used for lip augmentation. It has little risk of allergic reaction.
Patients who are looking to improve the appearance of volume loss, facial asymmetry, wrinkling, and folds in the skin make good candidates for facial line fillers.
These treatments are also for people with realistic expectations. While the idea of the complete and permanent removal of wrinkles may be attractive, it is unrealistic due to the ongoing nature of wrinkle formation and the currently available methods of treatment.
During the consultation for facial filler treatment, your skin will be examined and your medical history will be taken. After discussing your goals, a treatment plan will be recommended and all details of the procedure explained including the technique, the recovery, the risks, the costs, and so on.
Dr. Moynihan performs facial filler procedures in his office-based facility or outpatient surgical center.
The facial filler is injected beneath the skin of the treatment area(s) with a small needle. Depending on your desired results, more than one injection may be applied.
Facial filler treatments may take as little as 5 to 15 minutes to perform.
While there is usually little pain associated with the facial filler injections, pain relief options are available and may be discussed during your consultation with your doctor. If you have a low tolerance for pain, your doctor can apply an anesthetic to your skin to minimize any discomfort caused by the procedure.
There are many different ways to relieve the patient of discomfort during treatment. Some of these include the use of topical anesthetics, local anesthetic, ice, or the combination of such. The type employed will depend on the filler to be injected and the injection site.
Though minor irritation may occur at the injection site(s), facial filler treatment generally involves little recovery and virtually no downtime. Patients are normally able to return to work and resume routine activities immediately after the procedure.
In a vast majority of cases, the answer is, “No.” While some irritation may occur at the injection site(s), they’re often minor enough to allow patients to go back to work and resume other normal activities immediately after treatment.
The potential risks associated with facial filler procedures may include allergic reaction, bruising, numbness, redness, swelling, discoloration, and lumping and granulomas. These, however, are quite rare. Far milder side effects such as minor bruising and swelling are more likely to occur.
The cost of facial line fillers depends on the results you wish to achieve, and the complexity of the procedure(s) required to achieve them.
On average, the treatment can cost between $500 and $2,000 per syringe. However, you’ll need to have a consultation with your doctor for a more definite answer to the question, “How much are facial fillers?”
Patients will need to check with their own insurer. In general, facial filler procedures are usually not covered when performed for cosmetic purposes. However, some coverage may be available when treating facial scars or contour deformities resulting from injury.
Voluma lasts for up to 24 months; Juvederm, Restylane, Restylane Silk, Perlane, and Radiesse, will last for 9 to 18 months.
Those living in Chicago or the surrounding areas will benefit from seeing double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Moynihan, who provides the best facial filler treatments. Please refer to our contact information for the exact locations of the facility and outpatient surgical center he performs the treatments at.
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