Fillers and Injectables are used to provide fullness to face and features like lips, treat wrinkles and fill shallow contours. They are also called liquid facelifts because they provide similar results like that of the surgical facelift and they do not have of the downsides of a surgery. They can be used at a cost lower than surgery. This procedure does not help with excess skin sagging. Mild loosening of the skin can be treated very efficiently with fillers and injectables. This kind of a treatment is not permanent and requires repetition of sessions. Other skin treatment techniques like injection of botulinum toxin can also be used along with fillers.

Procedure for Fillers and Injectables

Following are the stepwise details of the procedure:

  • Our cosmetic surgeons in Pittsburgh will first consult over the results a patient wants and then evaluated the face and skin tone. The surgeon makes the decision of which areas need to be injected with dermal fillers based on the results that the patient wants.
  • The surgeon then makes appropriate marks on the areas to be treated and specifically points where dermal fillers are to be used.
  • The site for filling is then cleaned up with an antiseptic medicine. Some anesthetic may be used to provide some numbness to those areas. Sometime the fillers would have some anesthetic substance in the injectable liquid.
  • Fillers are then injected at the marked points
  • After injections are administered the marks are wiped away and ice may be applied to reduce any discomfort. The area filled with injectables should not be pressed much as the fillers might move.

Scars and creases may take more than one injection to be treated. Sometimes injection needs to be administered deep in the skin, which maybe painful. In order to reduce such a discomfort, the surgeon may use local anesthesia.

Recovery Process

This process being minimally invasive doesn’t require too much of recovery time. Normal activities can be resumed right after the process is done. Care should be taken not to apply makeup or apply any pressure on the filled areas, as there is a risk of the movement of the filler. There may be some swelling but that does not last long. This process is not permanent so a re-treatment is usually required. The frequency of repeat treatment varies from patient to patient. An allergy test should be done before administering the fillers through injections. There could be a possibility of acne, bleeding, skin rashes, bruising, itching etc. if an allergy test is not performed and the patient happens to be allergic to the filler.

Patient Profile

If a patient wants to undergo a facelift without having to undergo a surgery then fillers and injectables are the best choice. However, these do not provide a long-term solution. The treatments need to be repeated once the effects of the fillers start fading out. Also, if someone wants to get a facelift done on a trail basis they can go for this procedure. It will give them a preview of what surgery would do permanently.

Side Effects and Risks

There could be certain general side effects like swelling and little amount of pain after the injections are administered but these disappear within few hours of the treatment. An allergy test towards the fillers and injectables needs to happen. If a person is allergic then there could be complications like bleeding, burning, acne, rashes, itching etc. Hence, it is important to do a sensitivity test before going for the procedure.