Dermal fillers are injections for the face that can be used to minimize wrinkles and give a more youthful appearance by restoring volume and fullness. There are many types of dermal fillers, including:
- Calcium hydroxylapatite (Radiesse) – produces a very natural looking result
- Hyaluronic acid (Captique) – reduces depression in the skin
- Polyalkylimide (Aquamid) – treats deeper wrinkles
- Polylactic acid (Sculptra) – used on the lower half of the face
The best dermal filler candidates are physically healthy and do not smoke.
Risks and Safety
Although the risks vary slightly between different dermal fillers, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons cites the following as potential risks:
- Acne-like skin eruptions
- Bruising, bleeding from the injection site, swelling
- Damage to the skin that results in a wound and possible scarring
- Infection at the injection site
- Palpability of the filler under the surface of the skin
- Skin rash with itching
- Skin redness
- Under- or over-correction of wrinkles
- Skin necrosis (ulceration or loss of skin from disruption of blood flow)
The doctors and staff at Regeneris Medical want to ensure that all of your concerns are addressed and questions answered before you receive treatment. Please do not hesitate to ask any and all questions during your consultation.
Apart from being in good health, there is minimal patient preparation needed prior to receiving dermal fillers. Your Regeneris Medical doctor will ask about any prior health conditions or if you’ve had any types of facial injections in the past. He or she will then examine and measure your face and go over the procedure steps with you.
Step 1: Facial assessment and injection mapping will take place. Strategic points on your face will be marked for injection, and photographs may be taken.
Step 2: Your Regeneris Medical doctor will clean the injection sites with an antibacterial agent, and an anesthetic ointment may be used to numb the skin.
Step 3: The fillers are injected, massaged, and each site result is evaluated. The entire injection session may take as little as 10 minutes.
Step 4: All markings are cleaned off and you will be offered an ice pack to minimize any pain or swelling. You may feel tender for a few days, but you should not experience high levels of pain.
Your results should appear immediately and can last anywhere from a few months to a few years, depending on the type and amount of filler that was used.