Filler

A filler treatment is a cosmetic dermatological procedure that is used to minimize the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles to restore a youthful look. It is a great treatment option for those who want to eliminate the signs of aging but are not willing to undergo invasive treatments such as a traditional facelift. It works by filling up areas of the face that are prone to sagging to bring back its natural volume and fullness. Although it does not bring permanent results, it offers a simpler, safer, and cheaper way to look younger.

The fillers are expected to temporarily smooth out surface flaws on facial skin. The length of time the results are expected to last may differ depending on the specific product used.

Since the fillers are only injected into the skin, the treatment does not require a long recovery and downtime. Patients can safely go back to their normal routine after the procedure, as long as they avoid strenuous activities and excessive sun exposure. Meanwhile, normal post-procedure symptoms are expected to go away after a couple days.

How the procedure works

A dermal filler works by raising or puffing up particular areas of the face. It is most commonly used in areas that succumb to sagging skin, which creates a hollowed look. The specific manner as to how the procedure works depends on the type of fillers being used.

A filler treatment can be carried out by a dermatologist or a cosmetic surgeon. Regardless of which material is used as the filling agent, a greater part of the process is generally the same. The patient first receives a local anesthesia to numb the facial area. Once the anesthesia has settled in, the surgeon or dermatologist injects the filler into the predetermined area, just under the skin. For fat graft, however, the fat that will be used as the filling agent is first harvested from another part of the body.

Each procedure will take approximately 15 minutes. However, depending on the severity of the condition and the size of the treatment area, succeeding sessions may be necessary. If so, each session is spaced at least two weeks apart.