Injectable fillers can plump thin lips, enhance contours, smooth facial creases and wrinkles and improve the appearance of recessed scars. There is minimal discomfort from these procedures and are considered very safe and effective. The options available are numerous and include popular choices such as Restylane®, BOTOX®, Juvederm™ and collagen.
For instance, Restylane® is an injectable filler that uses a substance found naturally in the human body to fill creases in the face. There is no need for allergy testing with this treatment. Collagen is a natural protein derived from the human dermis. The use of bovine collagen does require pre-treatment allergy testing.
Complications from the use of injectable fillers are very rare. There are some side effects that can be expected as with any procedure. There could be infection at the site of the injection, and some bruising and swelling may appear. Redness, itching and some skin sensitivity may be noted also.
After the procedure, the results are immediately apparent. Any mild bruising or swelling can be controlled with a cold pack and should improve within hours or just a day or two.
If you are interested in learning more about injectable fillers, please contact California cosmetic surgeons Wendell Smoot, M.D., F.A.C.S. and John Smoot, M.D., F.A.C.S. at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery today.