What Can Fillers Do?
Many patients misunderstand fillers and sometime confuse them with Botox. Fillers are substances that are injected under the skin or lips to plump up the tissues. For the lips, fillers can provide an increase in lip size as well as enhancing the definition. They can also plump out “lipstick lines” that develop in many female patients.
For skin wrinkling, fillers are usually used for nasolabial folds (laugh lines) or bigger, deeper wrinkles. Fillers can also be used to augment facial anatomy to make bigger cheeks, chin or to fill in defects and scars.
How Are Fillers Administered?
Fillers are injected through small needles or cannulas. Dr. Weiss goes to great lengths to make this procedure relatively painless. All patients are first treated with numbing cream on the areas to be injected.
Dr. Weiss recommends having the patient return in two weeks to check the result and make sure everything is symmetric. Occasionally a touch up may be performed at the follow up appointment. It is important to view filler injection as a sculpting process and in some cases multiple appointments are required to provide the best results.
How Long Does the Filler Last?
There is no correct answer to this question as each patient metabolizes fillers differently. Research has shown fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm last up to 12 months to two years. Fillers may not last as long in areas of increased movement such around the mouth. Different fillers will last different periods of time in different patients. One thing for sure is that the newer fillers last considerably longer than the first generation of fillers.