Dermal fillers such as Teosyal®, Restalyne® and Belotero® are almost completely non-invasive and involve injection in order to reduce wrinkles and folds in the skin caused by aging. The final result leaves the skin having a younger appearance with more volume due to correction of such aforementioned wrinkles.
Filler injection is a cosmetic treatment to smooth wrinkles or pitted scars in the skin, usually on the face. They are also used to make the lips fuller. When injected under the skin, a filler raises or puffs up that area. This usually goes away over time. Talk to your health care professional when deciding which treatment is right for you. For some fillers, your skin is first numbed with a local anesthetic (collagen fillers have a numbing medicine mixed in with them). Then a needle is used to inject the filler under the skin. Some fillers are done in repeat sessions a couple of weeks apart.
What to expect after treatment?
After filler injection, expect some pain, redness, swelling, and possibly itching. Swelling may last up to 36 hours. If symptoms start to get worse 1 to 3 days after the treatment, call your doctor; you may be getting an infection.
How well does it work?
Depending on the area being treated and your body’s reaction to the filler, you may have to repeat filler treatment one or more times. Different fillers last different lengths of time. Slowly, your body absorbs the filler. This makes the skin go back to its normal state. As with all cosmetic procedures, the results may or may not be quite what you hoped for.
Are dermal fillers permanent?
Dermal fillers are not permanent. Following injection, dermal fillers will be broken down by the body over several months. Most people can expect their treatment to last from 6+ months to up to 2+ years depending on location. However, the exact time varies for each person, as many individual circumstances such as age, health, and lifestyle can play a determining role.