How Injectible Dermal Fillers Work
Fillers are a viscous gel composed of hyaluronic acid (HA), a non-animal, biodegradable and naturally occurring sugar found in the skin. It is the key component of the skin’s ability to attract and bind to water molecules, and therefore stay moisturized, helping to maintain a youthful appearance. Hyaluronic acid is effective for filling in wrinkles.
It gives volume to the skin, lubricates the joints and gives eyes their shape. HA fills the space between collagen and elastin fibres which replenishes the natural support layers lost with aging, while delivering essential nutrients and hydration and overtime, HA is gradually reabsorbed in the body.
The Treatment Process
The gel is injected into the targeted areas with a very fine needle. After the injection, the gel binds with the water in your skin and gives natural volume to smooth wrinkles. The gel also blends with adjoining tissues and allows other nutritive elements, like oxygen, glucose, and hormones, to pass between fragments of the gel. The result is instantly fuller, revitalized and plumper skin.
Treatment will provide immediate effect and results after a single session, and immediately following your treatment you can return to your normal daily activities. It is normal to experience slight redness and swelling near the injection site. There may also be some other minor side effects, such as slight pain or tenderness and some itching in that same area. The skin returns to normal one to two days after skin treatments such as under eye or cheek fillers, and up to a week for lip treatments.
Injectable Filler Pre-Treatment Guidelines
Discontinue use of the following 3-5 days prior to treatment:
- Ibuprofen (motrin, advil, aleve)
- St. John’s Wort
- Omega 3 fatty acids (fish oil)
- Vitamin E
- Ginkgo Biloba
- Green tea
*If you are using prescription aspirin or blood thinners do not discontinue use unless permitted by your physician
*If you have a history of cold sores, consult your physician regarding pre-care instructions
Injectable Filler Post – Treatment Guidelines
- Swelling, redness and bruising can occur
- Herbal supplements, such as Arnica may be used to decrease bruising and swelling
- Do Not touch, rub or manipulate areas of injection unless instructed by your physician
- Avoid extreme heat (sun exposure, sauna, tanning beds) for 2-3 days
- Avoid strenuous activity for 2-3 days
- Discontinue use of retinol products for 2-3 days
Contact your physician immediately if you experience increased pain or swelling after your