The face starts to lack volume and appears aged with deeper nasolabial folds, unaesthetic lines, a deeper fold, the lips start to thin, and turning down the corners of the lips. Hyaluronic acid fillers are injected right underneath these folds to replace the volume lost which creates a younger look in the face by replenishing your body's natural production of hyaluronic acid, which diminishes as you age.
What are the steps of a fillers procedure?
The average length of filler injections is about 10 to 20 minutes per session, depending on the individual and the amount of areas being treated.
Just before the actual treatment, the area will be cleaned, and you may be given a topical anesthetic to numb the area prior to injection.
Many filler products also contain lidocaine, a mild anesthetic, which is intended to help minimize discomfort during and after your treatment.
Your provider will then inject a precise amount of filler strategically beneath the skin.
A dermal fillers procedure includes the following steps:
- Facial assessment & mapping
If you choose to utilize packaged soft tissue fillers, the provider will evaluate your facial appearance and skin tone and examine the areas of your face to be augmented.
Strategic points on your face may be marked as the appropriate injection sites for the filler.
- Cleansing and anesthesia
The injection sites will be cleansed with an antibacterial agent.
Pain at the injection site may be decreased by using a cold instrument to chill the skin, anesthetic ointment to numb the skin or injection of local anesthesia.
While not painless, the injections are usually easily tolerated.
Injection usually takes only a few moments per site.
The process of injecting, massaging, and evaluating the result is performed, and additional filler added as needed.
Depending on the number of areas to be treated, the whole process may be as short as 15 minutes, or as long as an hour.
- Clean up
Once the results are deemed satisfactory, any markings will be cleansed off.
You may be offered an ice pack to reduce swelling and alleviate discomfort.
Although the area may feel a bit tender for a day or two, it is usually not painful enough to require any medication.
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