If you are disturbed when you look into your mirror and see more lines and wrinkles on your face than you would like to have, there could be a solution to this problem. Soft tissue fillers are flexible substances that can be injected to improve the appearance of your skin. Dermatologists have developed a variety of filler substances to help improve cosmetic flaws.
These substances can plump the lips, repair facial imperfections, and improve scars. In other words, a dermatologist can make your skin smoother looking by using a variety of soft tissue fillers. This type of treatment does not require surgery.
A filler substance is injected into the skin where there are wrinkles and other places where improvement is needed. This substance is also very effective where the facial muscles need plumping. It is commonly used around the eyes where there is puffiness. It is also popularly used in such areas as the mouth area, cheeks, jaw line, brow, bridge of the nose. Filling substances are usually those that contain collagen or a filling substance that contains hyaluronic acid.
The use of collagen is used to give structure to the skin. It is also used to add volume to lips, raise the corners of the mouth, and redefine the shape of the nose. Collagen fillers can contain what is known as hyaluronic acid fillers. This type of filler is used by the dermatologist to diminish deep wrinkles. There are many types of fillers used to help improve the appearance of the skin. A common one is fat taken from parts of the body, such as the thighs, buttocks, or stomach, removed by a mini liposuction procedure.
Injections of these fillers are usually given in a dermatologist’s office. Before treatment, a skin test may be taken to find out if a person is allergic to the filling substance. Most of the fillers do not require skin testing. Prior to the injections, a local anesthetic may be used.
It may be necessary to have a series of treatments to complete the job. After the procedure, there is a possibility that there will be some temporary swelling, redness or minor bruises which will eventually leave.
How long will the improvement last depends on the type of filler used, the areas treated, and the ability of the patient’s skin to absorb the materials that have been injected. Generally, the results are long lasting with maintenance treatments performed after three to six months.
Source: Soft Tissue Fillers, American Academy of Dermatology