Dermal fillers are a minimally invasive procedure that can plump slim lips, improve facial contours, soften creases and “laugh lines”, eliminate wrinkles and improve one’s general appearance. They can also add volume to skin, and contour facial features that are suffering due to age, disease, sun exposure, etc. These dermal fillers are usually injected into the skin using a very fine needle and result in minimal complications. As a rule, dermal fillers is fast, effective, and safe way to alleviate wrinkles whiles leaving no scars or incision lines. There are a number of different products on the market today that produce a natural lift to the skin. When injected under a wrinkle, these fillers cause it to be lifted up and smoothed out. The results of dermal fillers are often immediate. 

Potential risks and complications

While the risks and side effects associated with dermal fillers are far less than those of surgery are, in any invasive procedure problems can occur. Some complications associated with dermal fillers are treatment discomfort, swelling, redness, or bruising, following treatment, infection ,Allergic reaction, uneven skin, visible yellow or white patches, patches of dead cells around the injection site (Localized Necrosis).

Photographs

If you submit to have this procedure, it is understood that you authorize the taking of clinical photographs. These images will be used for medical study and example in both publications and presentations. All precautions will be taken to protect your identity.

Pregnancy, Allergies and Disease

Do not submit to this procedure if you are or think you might be pregnant, are actively trying to get pregnant, or nursing. Do not undergo this procedure until you have informed your surgeon of any major illnesses that could prohibit you from receiving this treatment. By agreeing to this procedure, you are certifying that you do not suffer from Major allergies or extreme sensitivity to any medications, including Lidocaine.

Procedure

The product is administered by way of injection using a very fine needle directly into the areas of the face to be treated. An anesthetic, (numbing medicine) may be used to cut down on a patients discomfort if necessary. After the treatment site is, thoroughly cleaned, dermal filler is injected under your skin into the facial tissues. The depth of the injection(s) is dependent on the size and location of the wrinkle or divot being treated. Following each injection, the technician will gently massage the injection site and surrounding area to help the injection conform to the contour of the area. If the injection area becomes swollen, ice may be applied for relief. Most patients are satisfied with the results achieved from the use dermal fillers, but as with most things in life, there is no guarantee that you will be 100% happy. While the effects of dermal fillers use can last longer than other comparable treatments, the procedure is still temporary. Additional treatments will be required periodically, generally within 4-6 months to one year, involving additional injections for the effect to continue. Periodically injections should be administered to help maintain your youthful look.

Risk/Discomfort

No matter the size of needle used, there are certain reactions that are typical when injections are involved. Symptoms could include slight swelling, discomfort, irritation, tenderness, or bruising at the treatment area. Even though the syringe and needle are sterile, there is still a slight risk of infection. Tell your doctor if you are on any medications that prohibit clotting, or thin the blood. These could cause bleeding or excessive bruising at the injection site. These could include drugs such as such as aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like NSAIDS.
Most negative reactions dissipate within a few days to a week. If bumps, lumps or (in rare cases) pustules form, they can last up to two weeks, and require oral corticosteroids to treat them. Be wary of using dermal filler treatments if you have any of the following: Hypersensitivity, severe skin allergies, or active infections such as sores, cysts, pimples, rashes, etc. If you just had or are having laser treatments, chemical peels or any other radical skin procedure, a dermal filler treatment can cause an inflammatory reaction at the implant site if the skin has not healed completely.
Do not be use dermal injections anywhere other than the face. After your treatment, minimize your exposure to excessive sun, UV lamp exposure, or extreme cold weather until all preliminary swelling and redness has gone away.

Procedure Benefits

Dermal fillers are proven safe, reliable, and effective when compared to other products designed to fill out facial skin and counter the effects of wrinkles. One treatment often lasts 6 months or longer before it is necessary for more injections. Keep in mind that all result is based on the patient’s age, physical condition, and the patient’s ability to follow instructions and keep up with follow up appointments.

Cost/Payment

Because this is considered a cosmetic procedure, the cost of treatment is (usually) not covered by government or private insurance. You will be billed for your procedure and are responsible for full payment. Any payment plans are between you and your surgeon, and should be arranged prior to the treatment.

Questions

This procedure, its expected results, and any after effects should be explained to you by your healthcare practitioner. Any questions or concerned will be answered before the procedure. The clinic or doctor is always available to answer query you might have.