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Young, healthy-looking skin contains an abundance of a naturally hydrating substance called hyaluronic acid. As you age, sunlight and other factors can reduce the amount of hyaluronic acid in your skin. The lack of hyaluronic acid causes your skin to lose structure and volume, creating unwanted facial wrinkles and folds. Injectable hyaluronic acid fillers are smooth gels that are injected to instantly reduce the appearance of wrinkles and hollowed areas.
Injectable wrinkle fillers and relaxers are injected underneath the surface of the skin to either fill in wrinkles and furrows or relax particularly strong wrinkles and furrows. These FDA-approved substances are safe for the body and dissolve on their own overtime. In consultation with you, a dermatologist will determine where wrinkle fillers or relaxers are needed. Common relaxers such as Botox® are often used to address the furrow between the brows and are directly injected into the furrows.
Injectable wrinkle fillers and relaxers are commonly used by dermatologists to address the cosmetic imperfections caused by wrinkles aging and sagging. An injectable wrinkle filler is injected directly into the wrinkle to fill it and create a smoother appearance. Wrinkle relaxers are ideal for expression lines around the brows or mouth where constant muscular tension creates wrinkles.
Small injections are made in the areas of concern. The injectable fillers contain a numbing agent which makes the treatments more tolerable. Ice is applied to each site prior to injection to minimize discomfort.
You should avoid aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen 10-14 days prior to treatment to minimize the risk of bruising. Other supplements that should be avoided include gingko, garlic, fish oil and vitamin E (found in almonds and almond milk). Alcohol consumption can increase the risk of bruising and should be avoided two days prior to treatment. If you have a history of cold sores, be sure to notify your doctor prior to your appointment and he or she will prescribe a medication to take the night before that will reduce the likelihood of a breakout.
Patients should expect swelling, redness, bruising and soreness at injection sites. Ice is recommended post treatment to help minimize swelling and bruising. We ask that you avoid exercise for 48 hours post treatment to minimize delayed bruising caused by increased pressure to the vessels. Bruising can last for up to two weeks after treatment. You may apply makeup immediately after treatment and continue your regular skin care products.
Results typically last 6-12 months.
You can expect to see an immediate effect, but the true results can be appreciated in the two weeks following treatment once the potential swelling has resolved and the filler has settled in.
Patients who are pregnant or nursing should not have the treatment. Patients with an allergy to lidocaine cannot have treatment with injectable filler containing this. Please notify your provider if you have severe allergies, autoimmune disease or bleeding disorders.
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We recommend consulting a specialist to help determine if injectable wrinkle fillers and relaxers are the best treatment option for you.