Fillers can be used to correct wrinkles, depressions in the skin, and scarring. Injectable fillers are not a permanent solution because the desired results can last anywhere from a few months to an indefinite period. Fat fillers are primarily used to fill wrinkles, lines and scars on the face to improve skin texture.

Restylane can also be inserted into the lips for a fuller look. Fat injections involve removing fat cells from the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, or elsewhere and injecting them back into the face. Both techniques are used for laugh lines, skin depressions, and minimizing forehead wrinkles.

Another filler offered is Restylane. Restylane requires local anesthesia prior to injection. Restylane is the first cosmetic dermal filler made from a non-animal-based hyaluronic acid. This is a natural substance already present in your body. It gives the skin volume and fullness. It is biodegradable and biocompatible with human hyaluronic acid. Allergy testing is not required. Restylane is a good choice for correction of deep wrinkles at the nasolabial folds and to enhance lips. It lasts an average of 6 months but may last longer.

Procedure: The procedure may last anywhere from 15 minutes to 1 hour depending on the number of needed injections and can be performed in the office. Several injections may be needed depending on length and depth of the wrinkles. For fat injections, IV fluids are injected into the donor site and the fat is collected. Excess fluids are removed from the fat and then reinjected with a tiny needle into the desired area. Extra fat is injected due to the body’s normal fat absorption in the first few weeks following surgery. It is important to note that both procedures may require subsequent injections to achieve the desired effect.

Post-op: Exercise and strenuous activities should be avoided within the first 24 hours after treatment. After 24 hours, you should be able to resume normal activities. Following the surgery there will be discomfort and some bruising and swelling which usually dissipates after the 24-hour period. Tiny scabs may form where the needle was injected. Although it is rare, there is a possibility of infection, abscesses, open sores, skin peeling, scarring, and lumpiness over the affected area. The most important thing to remember is this is a temporary solution and the results are not permanent.