Facial Filler Injections – Are They Right For You?

As we age lines and wrinkles tend to creep into the reflection in the mirror. Although most of us don’t mind aging, we do mind looking like it. Facial fillers can help smooth out lines and wrinkles around your mouth and eyes, as well as help fill in hollow cheeks. Everyday many people go to a dermatologist thinking that Botox is the only option available. Fortunately, if you are looking for facial filler injections Clinton, MI we provide them in our office.

How Are Dermal Fillers Different than Botox?

The biggest difference is that Botox Cosmetic is a toxin used specifically to treat “crow feet” and the “11’s” whereas most dermal fillers are made up of naturally occurring substances in the body and may be used in various face areas depending on the needs. The second difference is that it is used to treat newly formed lines and wrinkles. It is important to remember that Botox is sometimes your best option and is a safe alternative to fillers. In addition, some fillers last longer than the four to six months that Botox lasts.

What Are Fillers Capable of?

Facial filler injections are used in the treatment of wrinkles and lines that have been present for a long period. In addition, they can be used in the cheeks and lips to give a fuller appearance or restore lost volume.

What Can I Expect Immediately After the Procedure?

Immediately following the treatment and up to 36 hours afterward you may experience some swelling, redness, and possibly itching in the treated areas. If these symptoms persist after that time period, you should contact us immediately.

Are There Any Side Effects and Risks?

As with any cosmetic procedure there are some associated risks but most are minimal. If the procedure is not done by a qualified professional you have higher chances of complications which may include an infection, bleeding, bruising, lumpy skin, or an allergic reaction. This is why it’s important to choose a reliable provider for your cosmetic procedures. In the case of an allergic reaction, you should seek emergency medical assistance at once.

How Long Does the Procedure Take?

The great thing about fillers is that it only takes minutes to complete the procedure. Once the injections are done, ice-packs will be applied to the area for a short time, and you can leave. There is very little down time, and you can wear makeup almost immediately afterwards. If you decide, you want to wear makeup, you will need to be careful not to press or rub the treated areas as it could cause dimpling. Consult your doctor for an advise.

What Brands of Fillers Are Available?

Dr. Davide Iacobelli performs all injections in the office himself and only uses fillers that are approved by the FDA. We currently offer Juvederm, Perlane, and Restylane.

Juvederm, Perlane, and Restylane are made up of synthetic hyaluronic acid which is found in the skin and cartilage of the human body. It works by drawing fluid to the treated area making it appear more robust and youthful. Although each of these are made up of the same fluid, how long they last is different.

How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last?

The length of time a dermal filler will last depends on the type of filler used. All of the fillers we currently offer are hyaluronic acid fillers. These fillers usually last up to 18 months depending on which filler is used. The body will absorb the filler over time, which means you don’t have to worry about waking up one day to lines and wrinkles. Once the treatment has been reabsorbed you simply come in for another injection.

Which One Is Best for Me?

When you come into the office for your consultation, the doctor will make an assessment based on your goals and the condition of your skin, then decide which filler will be the best fit for you. In some cases, more than one type filler will be used, or the doctor may decide that they should be used in conjunction with Botox.

Will My Health Insurance Help Cover the Cost?

In most cases, health insurance will not help cover the cost of these cosmetic injections. It is a good idea to check with your health insurance provider to see if your individual plan will cover cosmetic dermatology procedures. If so, make sure they cover the procedure you are planning to have done.