Injectable Fillers

Injectable Fillers

What are the filler materials?

Due to the increasing demand within the last years, a lot of different filler materials are available in the market today. Among these, hyaluronic acid is the safest and most popular one. It is not an acid like we know, but is called so. Hyaluronic acid is normally present in the human connective tissue, and has a biologic turnover. When we inject hyaluronic acid to somewhere in the body, it’s added to this turnover, and melts away within time.

Where are the fillers injected to? What is the mechanism of action?

Fillers are employed to level up a depression, add some support to tissues or augment a structure such as lips, chin or cheekbones. Most common areas of filler use are the lips, naso-labial grooves, Marionette lines, temples, cheekbones, lower / upper eyelids, and nose. Fillers act directly by adding volume, and/or indirectly tightening the suspension ligaments of the face.

The idea of having an inflated face horrifies me. How to avoid that?

The “inflated face” appearance means that the fillers were done by unauthorized/unexperienced hands or under the control of the patient rather than the doctor. What you should see after a professional filler application is a “nicer, fresher and younger” or sometimes “sexier” look, not a plump or inflated face. In an ideal injection, the correct target points should be precisely spotted and injected with as small amount of filler as possible.  

When does the effect of filler start and how long does it last?

Effect of fillers start immediately at the time of injection. Mild swelling is expected in the first 24-48 hours after injection. Duration of effect varies according to the biochemical properties of the product used. Clinic Arts prefers Juverderm Vycross series (Voluma, Volift, Volbella), which are FDA-approved cross-linked hyaluronic acid fillers. Average duration of effect is between 8-15 months for these products, depending on the area of injection.

Are the fillers felt by touch?

Modern fillers manage to be both soft and long-lasting, as a result of their hi-tec biochemical structure. So if the correct product is injected at a correct amount, with the correct technique and to the correct plane, it’s not possible to feel it by touch. A mild firmness due to early swelling can be felt during the first 1-2 days after injection, but will resolve shortly.

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