What are fillers? Dermal fillers?
There is a “family of fillers” that includes Restylane, Juvederm, Belotero, Volbella and Voluma. These are clear, biodegradable gels containing hyaluronic acid, a substance found naturally in our skin, that are used to improve skin texture, provide fullness to the face, contour areas, fill lines or wrinkles that bring back a more youthful appearance. Sculptra, while not technically considered a dermal filler, will help produce similar results. (See our Chelsea Skin & Laser link to sculptra.) People often refer to these treatments as a mini-lift or liquid facelift.
Dr. Michael Eidelman and Chelsea Skin & Laser have been helping patients achieve instantaneous, long-lasting, natural enhancement for over 17 years.
The best facial filler treatments reduce wrinkles around the eyes, mouth, lessen acne scarring, restore volume in and around the cheeks, correct asymmetric features, lip augmentation. The art of sculpting the face has been mastered by Dr. Eidelman who has trained his hand-picked staff to follow the bone structure and musculature of each patient for a customized treatment. The product used depends on the location of the treatment and the correction desired.
How long will my filler treatment last?
The longevity of the treatment depends on the product used, location, how your body absorbs the product. In most patients the correction that lasts 6-9 months. Volbella has been shown to last up to 1 year in some patients. Voluma has been shown to last up to 2 years in some patients. Often, more than one syringe or treatment is needed to achieve full, desired result.
Does the treatment hurt?
We recommend you arrive at Chelsea Skin & Laser 30 minutes prior to your appointment to apply anesthetic ointment for your comfort. A mild anesthetic is found in many products or combined with the product to immediately reduce discomfort. There will be some tenderness at the site of injection for approximately 48 hours. Tylenol can be taken for discomfort.
Are there any lingering effects of the treatment and when can I return to my normal activities?
The most common side effects include, but are not limited to, temporary injection-site reactions, redness, pain/tenderness, firmness, swelling, lumps/bumps, bruising, itching, and discoloration. As with all skin injection procedures, keep the area clean and protected to avoid any risk of infection.
Most side effects are mild or moderate and their duration is short (7 days or less). Minor inflammation or swelling normally begin to resolve within 24 hours but have been reported to last as long as several weeks. Makeup can be applied immediately after to cover minor bruising or redness that may occur. Most patients resume normal activities a few hours after receiving treatment. Minimize strenuous exercise and exposure to extensive sun or heat within the first 24 hours following treatment. Application of ice intermittently for a short period of time after the treatment will help reduce swelling.
Will the product become hard or noticeable to touch?
Immediately after treatment there is temporary swelling and firmness lasting on average two weeks, thereafter, it will soften and take on the characteristics of the surrounding tissue.
How safe are they?
All products are FDA-approved. The components have been used for over twenty years in other specialties of medicine. There have been minor complications reported by some patients where lumpiness or small nodules have occurred after treatment. Complications of this nature have normally resolved within two months.
What should I discuss prior to considering enhancement?
If there is any history of herpes on the face we recommend taking an oral antiviral pill prior to your treatment. Bruising risks can be minimized by avoiding aspirin, Advil, Aleve, Motrin, ibuprofen, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, concentrated garlic and alcohol for one week prior to treatment.
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