Injectable fillers are designed to erase wrinkles from the face and other parts of the body as well as smooth out unwanted contours. Fillers are used to restore volume that has been lost over time as we age as well as boost areas that need even more volume and projection. In most cases, the outcome is immediate and you will see your results instantaneously. These are procedures designed to rejuvenate your appearance and make you look younger or more refreshed without surgery. Fillers can also be much more dramatic than skin care or other aesthetic treatments.

Fat from your own body as well as collagen from different sources has been the gold standard to fill areas in the past. However newer products have been available, most commonly hyaluronic acids, are used to erase wrinkles and smooth out aging lines. Hyaluronic acids (HA) are naturally occurring substances in the body that are used for this purpose and are generally approved by FDA for these indications. HAs can be attached to other molecules to provide a range of uses and make them last longer. This can also determine whether your doctor will place these HAs very close to the surface of the skin or deeper. Typically then can last from 6 to 18 months depending on the type of hyaluronic acid or product that you use. Commonly used injectable HA fillers include Juvederm®, Restylane®, Perlane®, or Belotero®, and many others. Your doctor can discuss with you what product will best accomplish your goal.

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Other injectable fillers include Sculptra and Radiesse, both of which are not hyaluronic acid, but meant for the body to create volume through the use of the body’s own inflammatory process. Collagen is still available but is used far less due to the potential for an allergic reaction and must be pretested to ensure that you will not have a reaction. The other products and fillers mentioned above do not need to be pretest on your skin. However, a transient reaction or swelling is possible and is usually temporary.

Lastly your own fat can be harvested from another remote location in your body to be used as a natural filler. This can be advantageous if the donor site needs to be liposuctioned or you have an adequate source of fat to be harvested. However it also creates a second surgery site that can have additional complications. A thorough examination with Dr. Vasquez will help you determine if this is right for you. It is very important to have these procedures done by someone who is adequately trained and has the experience to perform these techniques. A board-certified plastic surgeon has these basic prerequisites to ensure a safe and successful procedure.

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