Also known as dermal fillers, facial fillers are a kind of treatment with two main functions: reducing wrinkles or restoring volume. They are also non-surgical, minimally invasive procedures with little to no recovery time, depending on the type and what area you have treated. Boston plastic surgeon Joseph Russo, M.D., specializes in body contouring such as BodyTite, meant to address ongoing issues with extra fat and skin. Dr. Russo understands any frustration you may be experiencing and can help you find a solution to improve your self-esteem.
Dermal fillers offer two main benefits: reducing wrinkles and restoring volume.
The number one reason patients come in for facial fillers is to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. By adding volume to the skin, the wrinkles are filled in, which softens or completely gets rid of their appearance.
Dermal fillers can also be used to add volume to areas of the face that look more aged due to decreased fat. This can happen on your cheekbones, temples, under the eyes, or in thinning lips. You can also use dermal fillers to contour your face, such as in chin augmentations.
If you have wrinkles and/or hollow areas in your face that you would like to correct in order to reduce signs of aging, come in for a consultation with Dr. Russo
He will review your medical history and conduct an exam in order to recommend the best types of treatments for you and your individual needs. Ideal candidates for dermal fillers should be nonsmokers in good health with either wrinkles or lines on their face.
Facial fillers are all outpatient treatments. While the length of the treatment depends on if you are getting multiple areas injected, on average, your visit can last from 1-2 hours and will take place in Dr. Russo’s office. If needed, Dr. Russo will apply a topical numbing cream to your targeted treatment area. Once you are numb, he will use a syringe to inject the filler into the place you’re having treated. This can include anywhere from your lips, to your chin, to your forehead, and more.
Facial fillers do not usually require any downtime for recovery. You can return to your regular daily activities after your treatments, although you should wait at least a day before resuming any vigorous physical activities. You’ll also need to avoid direct sunlight and massaging the treatment area.
Results will immediately be noticeable, though there may be some bruising and swelling right after your treatment. This should fade within a couple of weeks. Once the swelling has completely subsided, your results will be completely visible. Please note that it can also take from 2-4 weeks for the dermal filler to completely settle in your skin, so there may be some slight differences as your body adjusts to the new material.
There are many choices when it comes to choosing a facial filler
If you would like to know more, book a consultation with Dr. Russo. He will conduct an exam, review your medical history, and recommend several options for you to choose from. Call or email today to take the next step in reaching your cosmetic goals.
While many people get facial fillers as a way to combat signs of aging, it’s often recommended to begin treatments as early as your mid-20s. This is because you actually begin producing less collagen in the mid-20s, so your skin starts to lose elasticity, which is what causes it to sag and wrinkle. If you start these maintenance dermal injections early, by the time you reach your mid-50s, you won’t need as much product to see optimal results. However, you can start with dermal fillers at any age you find you’re dissatisfied with your face and want to restore a more youthful look.
This really depends on how sensitive your skin is. You will likely feel some discomfort because your skin will feel stretched as it adjusts to the filler, but this fades over time. You may also feel a sting from the needle that injects the filler, but you can request a topical numbing cream if you feel you may need it.
Because there are many different types of fillers available, the price is different for each one. In addition, the cost will change depending on which areas you have injected and if you combine treatments or treat a single area multiple times. Note that most filler prices are per vial. Dermal fillers tend to be elective rather than medical treatments, so they are not covered by insurance providers. However, you can get financing or use a payment plan if needed.
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