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FILLERS

 

Materials for a facial re-sculpting and some body treatments

 

 

Soft tissue augmentation techniques are gentle procedures using dermal fillers or a surgical technique (Subcision) within the skin, performed to strengthen, replenish or replace natural skin components and subcutaneous tissue that are lost with aging.

 

Their use is intended to elevate the wrinkles and folds on the face, which become deeper with aging. They are also used to improve asymmetries, enhance lips, soften depressed scars, treat wrinkles around the mouth and replace volumes of the face or facial structures that decline with age.

 

The filler may be temporary or permanent. The latter have been contraindicated for most patients. Currently, hyaluronic acid (HA) is widely considered one of the best and safest fillers (the gold standard). Being a transitional material, it can be used on the face and body to improve wrinkles, folds and contours. This material lasts about one year, but can be replaced according to the patient’s needs. There are varios HA fillers in the market.

 

Poly-L-lactic acid (Sculptra®) is another transitory filler that stimulates collagen production with the aim of restoring facial volume and contour. It lasts about two years and can be reapplied after this period. It can also be used in other areas of the body.

 

The application of fillers is well tolerated by most patients, being performed under topical local anesthesia or nerve block. The patient can return to their normal activities immediately after the procedure. Bruising and swelling may occur and usually lasts up to five days. The bruises can be hidden by makeup immediately after the procedure and, if necessary, in the following days.

 

A well-performed filling procedure enhances the beauty of the face and gives a natural appearance, and may postpone the need for, or even optimize the results of plastic surgery. 

 

If you have any queries regarding FILLERS or about their use, consult a dermatologist.