After a certain age, it is common to exhibit signs of aging such as wrinkles, folds and depressions in the skin. These problems are caused by loss of facial volume. Fortunately, today's injectable fillers can augment the tissue and reduce the appearance of these conditions.
Injectable fillers typically last six months to one year, while some last much longer. Different types of injectable fillers are available. Most are made with hyaluronic acid, but collagen, calcium hydroxylapatite and poly-L-lactic acid are popular as well.
Dr. James (Jim) Lowe can help you determine if an injectable filler will achieve your goals for cosmetic improvement. Common conditions such as the following are treated:
Injectable fillers are ideal for the patient who doesn't have time for recovery after surgery or for those who simply aren't ready for cosmetic surgery.
Many of the most popular injectable fillers are made with hyaluronic acid, a naturally-occurring component of your tissue. HA acts as a hydrator, cell protector and cushioning agent. When injected, it restores volume to your skin. Other fillers work with ingredients that stimulate collagen growth, thereby providing a long-lasting reduction of wrinkles or facial folds.
Fillers work in a different manner than the botulinum neurotoxin. Rather than acting on the facial muscles, a filler augments the soft tissue, replenishing lost volume.
Your injectable filler treatment will be relatively quick and as comfortable as possible. The treatment site is cleansed and, if necessary, a numbing cream or anesthetic is applied. Dr. Lowe carefully injects the filler into the wrinkle or depression. The area is then massaged to ensure smooth, natural placement of the filler.
After injection, you may experience some swelling, tenderness or redness, which should resolve in a short time. How long your results last will depend on the product used, the areas treated, and other factors. Most fillers last six months to one year. Your body will naturally break down the filler and clear it away.
There are temporary and semi-permanent fillers. Temporary fillers include collagen, hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxylapatite, and polylactic acid. Semi-permanent fillers are made with PMMA (polymethylmethacrylate).
Complications from fillers are uncommon. The risks include acne, asymmetry, bleeding, bruising, bumps, lumps, infection, itching, migration of filler, necrosis, redness, skin rash, sensitivity, swelling, numbness, over or under correction, and temporary paralysis of facial muscles.
Dermal fillers are not permanent. Even the semi-permanent variety eventually require additional treatments. The way your face continues to age and how your body absorbs fillers will determine the timing of repeat treatments.
If you decide not to repeat the procedure, your appearance will return to its original condition. Wrinkles and scars will return, and plumped lips will lose volume.
Injectable fillers in Oklahoma City can quickly reduce the signs of aging with minimal discomfort. To learn more about injectable filler treatments in Oklahoma City, please contact Dr. James Lowe by calling (405) 942-4300 or (877) 362-5693. You can also send us an email using our online contact form.
Dr. James (Jim) Lowe can help you determine if an injectable filler will achieve your goals for cosmetic improvement.
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