What are Injectable Fillers?
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is injected into the skin to restore lost volume or reduce fine lines and wrinkles on the face. The way injectable fillers work is by adding volume to restore current deficiencies, which helps to smooth out the complexion. It also helps to stabilise skin structure, attracts and binds water which restores the skin’s volumes and contributes to its elasticity and tightness. In humans, it is a naturally occurring complex sugar and is also known as dermal fillers, facial fillers, or injectable fillers (injectables for short). It is a temporary treatment as the HA is resorbed by the body, which makes them quite different from botox injections.
Who needs them?
People who want to:
- Reduce the appearance of tear troughs
- Deep nasolabial lines
- Thin lips
- Restore lost facial volume
- Augmentation of retrogenia (retruded chin)
What to Expect Pre-Treatment?
You will schedule a consultation with your cosmetic surgeon who will review your medical history, evaluate your current condition, and discuss your hopes and wants with you. This is the right time to speak up about your expectations. It also is the moment of revelation with regard to allergies and medications that you have or might have taken recently.
What to Expect During the Treatment?
Prior to getting your face injected with the substance, you will be ushered into the doctor’s office and given an anaesthetic cream to numb the treated area. Some filler products themselves come with a little bit of lidocaine to help with the discomfort that you may experience during the procedure. The specialist will wait for the cream to take effect and will then proceed to administer the liquid beneath your skin, in all areas that you have previously discussed.
You will probably feel a stinging or biting sensation while the needle is being inserted into your face. Some areas will feel worse than others, but everything will be over so quickly that you will barely have time to think about it.
Once the session is finished and you walk out of the doctor’s office, you will be able to go back to whatever you were doing before you got there. You can even resume work and nobody will know what you have done. Save for some mild swelling and bruising, which will resolve in a couple of days, your face will be fine.