Fillers

Dermal fillers restore facial volume loss, effectively smoothing lines and wrinkles, restoring your cheek and lip volume, and refreshing your appearance. Adding volume without surgery, injectable gel fillers treat static lines that are visible when your face is at rest. From plumping the lips to lifting your cheeks, fillers add volume, encourage natural collagen production, and prevent the skin from sagging.

Treatment Details

Type of Treatment

Injection

Session Frequency

3-6 months

Duration

15-minutes; often called a “Lunchtime Procedure”

Downtime

Minor

Results

Fillers provide visible results you can see immediately and instantly, with effects lasting for 6 months to 2 years. In the cheek area, fillers last up to 2 years. For facial lines and wrinkles, results last 12 to 18 months. Lip fillers typically last 6 months to 1 year.

What To Expect

01. Consultation

During this consultation, you’ll discuss your concerns and treatment goals, and our provider will assess your facial anatomy to determine if Fillers are suitable for you.

Before the procedure, the treatment area is cleaned, and a topical numbing cream or local anesthetic may be applied to minimize discomfort during the injections. The provider may also mark specific injection sites on your face to ensure precise placement of the filler.

02. Preparation

Take Tylenol® (if not contraindicated) 1 hour prior to your appointment to help with any discomfort you may have, if you have concerns about discomfort.

PLEASE AVOID:
Avoid taking aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Ibuprofen, Advil®, Motrin®, Nuprin®, Aleve®, Celebrex®, Fish oil, Ginko Biloba, St. John’s Wort and high doses of vitamin E for 7-10 days prior to procedure, as these may cause increase risk of bleeding and bruising at the treated site(s). Regular multi-vitamin and Tylenol® is permitted (If not contraindicated).
Avoid alcoholic beverages for 24 hours prior to procedure as this can increase the risk for bleeding and bruising at the treated site(s).
Avoid waxing, bleaching, tweezing, or the use of hair removal creams in the area(s) to be treated.
Discontinue use of topical prescriptive medications for 48hrs (Retin-A, Tazorac, Dierin, EpiDuo, Ziana).
Avoid facials and saunas the day of treatment.

03. Procedure

During the filler procedure, the provider uses a fine needle or cannula to inject the filler substance into targeted areas of the face. The filler substance is typically composed of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the body that helps maintain skin hydration and volume. Other types of fillers may contain substances such as calcium hydroxylapatite or poly-L-lactic acid. Once injected, the filler adds volume to the tissues beneath the skin, filling in wrinkles, creases, and hollow areas, and enhancing facial contours.

04. After-care

After filler injections, you can resume normal activities immediately, although it's advisable to avoid strenuous exercise and rubbing the treated area for the remainder of the day. Some mild redness, swelling, or bruising at the injection sites is normal and typically resolves within a few days to a week. You may also be advised to avoid lying down for a few hours after treatment to prevent the filler from migrating to unintended areas.

PLEASE AVOID:

  • Touching or rubbing the injected site for 2-4 hours following treatment. Avoid exercise and sweating for the remainder of the day and no lying down or leaning forward for 2-4 hours after treatment.
  • Any type of facial, microdermabrasion, or massage for 14 days after treatment.
  • Ibuprofen, Advil or Motrin, Tylenol is acceptable to take if experiencing discomfort (if not contraindicated)
  • Sun exposure

FAQs

Fillers, also known as dermal fillers or soft tissue fillers, are injectable substances used to add volume, smooth wrinkles, and enhance facial contours. They are typically composed of hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxylapatite, or poly-L-lactic acid.

Fillers can be used to treat various areas of the face, including nasolabial folds (smile lines), marionette lines, lip lines, under-eye hollows, cheeks, lips, chin, and temples. They can also be used to enhance facial contours and augment features such as the lips and cheeks.

The duration of filler results varies depending on the type of filler used, the treated area, and individual factors such as metabolism and lifestyle. Hyaluronic acid fillers typically last six months to two years, while other types of fillers may last longer. Repeat treatments are usually needed periodically to maintain results.

Most patients experience mild discomfort during filler injections, but topical numbing cream or local anesthesia is often applied to minimize pain. The use of fine needles or cannulas also helps reduce discomfort during the procedure.

Common side effects of fillers include redness, swelling, bruising, and tenderness at the injection sites, which typically resolve within a few days to a week. More serious side effects such as infection, allergic reactions, lumps, or asymmetry are rare but possible.

You may notice immediate results after filler injections, but final results typically become more apparent over the next several days to weeks as the filler integrates with your own tissues and any swelling subsides.