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Injectable Fillers

If you find that your skin is not as plump and firm as it used to be, that you are developing facial creases or are feeling the effects of gravity, you may want to consider injectable fillers. They can improve the look of wrinkles, sunken cheeks and thin lips.

You may decide that this treatment alone is appropriate for you, or you may decide to combine it with another procedure such as laser resurfacing or a facelift.

We offer several filler options. You can use fat from your own body, or artificial fillers such as Juvéderm®, Radiesse®, Restylane® and Sculptra®; talk with your doctor about what might be right for you.

How long will the results last?

The effects of injectable fillers are temporary because the body eventually absorbs the filler material. Every body has a different metabolism, so it is impossible to gauge how long your own body will retain its new look. Factors such as your age, family history, health and lifestyle play a large part in the filler's longevity. You may find that one substance lasts longer than another.

More about fat transplantation

What happens during the procedure?

This procedure involves removing fat cells from one part of your body, such as your abdomen or buttocks, and injecting them into the region of your face that you wish to fill out. You will be given local anesthesia in both sites, and the fat will then be transplanted. The injection site will be covered with a bandage.

How will I feel after the procedure?

  • You will notice that your face will seem more swollen than you expected. This "overfilling" is necessary because the body will absorb a certain amount of the fat right away.
  • Depending on the size of the area that was treated, you may be able to resume normal activities immediately. You will probably have some swelling or bruising in both the donor and recipient sites for about 48 hours. Swelling in your face may last several weeks, if a large area was filled.
  • We advise the use of sunblock to protect your skin.
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