What is Hyaluronic acid?
Hyaluronic acid is a gel that is injected into the skin to add volume to the lips, restore volume, and fill in wrinkles or folds. The syringe contains hyaluronic acid almost identical to that naturally found in the body. It is completely biologically degradable.
How does it work?
A small amount is injected directly into the skin to add volume. Hyaluronic Acid is naturally integrated into the tissue and allows for the free passage of important nutritive elements like oxygen and hormones. The product will also bind water, which adds to the filling effect.
What are fillers used for?
Wrinkles can be corrected using fillers to replenish the volume loss that comes with age. The most common areas are the cheeks, the nasolabial folds (from the wing of the nose to the angle of the mouth) and the lips, but many other sites may also be treated to achieve desired effect. The contours of the lips can be enhanced to the desired level by accentuating the vermillion border and giving the lips more volume. Very deep wrinkles and some types of acne scars cannot typically be treated with this material. Very superficial wrinkles are often difficult to correct.
Do the injections hurt?
Pain is very individualized and dependent on one’s tolerance to pain. The fillers contain a temporary freezing ingredient (similar to “dental freezing”) so that most patients report that the discomfort was minimal.
What is involved in a dermal filler treatment session?
The treatment can be carried out immediately and takes about 20-45 minutes. Filler is injected with a very thin needle into the skin. The results can be seen immediately. Clients may or may not experience slight swelling or bruising in the treated area.
Can fillers replace surgical procedures?
Fillers are becoming increasing effective in producing non-surgical desired results. However, some people with excess facial skin or people who want a major resurfacing of the skin cannot be corrected with fillers alone.
Can the procedure be reversed?
Yes, if needed or desired, a special reversal agent called “hyaluronidase” can be injected to dissolve the filler.
Is it safe?
The hyaluronic acid is almost identical to that already present in the body. Since it is not made from animals there is no risk of transmitting diseases from animals, or eliciting allergic reactions to common foodstuffs such as eggs, meat or chicken. Immediately after the treatment the treatment site can be slightly swollen and/or red. This is a normal result of the injection, and goes away in a day or two after treatment, and within a week after lip injections. Although very rare, as with any medical procedure, injections with fillers are associated with certain risks.
Are there any types of reactions that may occur?
Yes. If you have previously suffered from facial cold sores, there is a risk that the needle punctures could contribute to another cold sore eruption. If you are using any anti-inflammatory medication (i.e. Advil), you should be aware that it may increase bruising and bleeding at the injection site. Other types of reactions are very uncommon, but about 1 in 2000 persons have experienced transient swelling, redness and tenderness at or near the treatment site(s) up to several weeks after treatment. Although very rare, as with any medical procedure, injections with fillers are associated with certain risks. The physician will thoroughly review the risks before ever performing any procedure.
How long does the effect last?
The filler dissolves naturally with time, and without touch-ups will eventually totally disappear from the body. How long a hyaluronic acid filler treatment lasts is very individual, depending on many factors such as the structure of the skin, lifestyle, age and metabolism. The types of fillers that Rebecca uses typically last anywhere from 9 to 24 months, depending on the type of filler used and location of injection. You can replenish the filler whenever you feel the need, as touch-ups can be performed any time after the initial treatment. The injected material will gradually disappear until your skin looks just as it did before the treatment.