Hyaluronic acid fillers
Hyaluronic acid fillers are a popular choice for reducing the facial lines and wrinkles that result from aging. Such fillers are made from hyaluronic acid, a substance found naturally in the body’s connective tissues and skin. Once injected, they plump up facial skin that may have lost volume or elasticity as part of the aging process, filling in wrinkles from the inside and making the skin appear younger and rejuvenated.
What You Can Expect
Injections of HA-based fillers are performed while patients sit in a chair in the doctor’s office. The treatment takes an hour or less; many people call the use of injectable fillers a ‘lunchtime facelift’ because of the short time needed for treatment.
Some formulations contain lidocaine, a local anesthetic. In other cases, the doctor will administer a topical or local anesthetic in order to make treatment as comfortable as possible. Then, the chosen filler is injected through a thin needle into the targeted area of skin. The exact volume of HA filler injected depends on the depth of the wrinkle, amount of change desired, skin type, and other factors. After injection, the skin may be massaged in order to smooth the injected material and ensure the most aesthetically pleasing and natural-looking results. Following treatment, patients are free to leave the doctor’s office immediately.
Patients may experience minor bruising, swelling, redness, or tenderness at the point of injection. Because hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the body there is no risk of an allergic reaction, unlike with some other cosmetic fillers.
Benefits & Recovery Time
Most patients experience little to no downtime. This is one reason why many patients opt for hyaluronic acid fillers over plastic surgery techniques like eyelid surgery. There are no incisions, no bandages, and no restrictions on your activities after the procedure is complete.