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Dermal Filler FAQ

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Posted April 05, 2013 in News

Our office is offering free Botox when you come in for a consultation on Wednesdays. The special runs through June, giving you plenty of time to look your best for summer! Botox is an excellent companion product for dermal fillers, so weve put together some frequently-asked-questions for those of you interested in that option:
What is a dermal filler?
A dermal filler is an injectable substance used to plump up sunken areas of the face, deep lines or wrinkles, and pitted scars. Many fillers are hyaluronic acid-based gels. HA is a natural substance found in the body. You can also use your own fat cells, taken from another area of the body, as an injectable filler.

Where Can I Get A Filler Injection?
Dermal fillers are popular on the lines that run from the nose to the mouth (nasolabial folds), from the mouth to the chin (marionette lines), and in sunken areas of the cheeks and around the eyes. You can also use dermal fillers to fill in pitted acne scars, and the fine lines around the lips where lipstick tends to bleed.
What is the Treatment Like?
During your consultation, your surgeon will assess your goals and help you select the most appropriate filler for you. He will mark the intended injection spots with a washable pen, prep the spot, and possible give you a topical anesthetic. The injection itself takes only a few seconds, after which you may be given an ice pack to keep down any discomfort.
What is the Recovery Like?
You will be able to go back to your regular activities as soon as you leave the office. You may notice a full feeling in the treatment area, but that will fade within a few hours. There may be some bruising or slight swelling that will resolve with 24 to 48 hours.
How Long Does it Last?
Since dermal fillers are natural products, the body will absorb them over time. Your treatment will last between 6 to 12 months, at which point you can come back in for a maintenance procedure.
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