Q&A: Your Guide to Injectable Fillers

Did you know that many unwanted signs of aging (i.e. wrinkles) can be attributed to volume loss in the face? As we age, we naturally lose fat under the skin and fine lines and wrinkles appear. Injectable fillers replace lost volume under the skin for a smoother, softer, more youthful appearance. If you’ve been considering injectable fillers, here’s what you need to know. Woman smiling with her hand on her neck

What are dermal fillers used for?

Injectable fillers are appropriate and effective for several aesthetic goals, including softening facial creases and wrinkles, enhancing facial contours, smoothing acne scars, plumping lips for a fuller appearance, and decreasing bags under the eyes. These effects are temporary and must be repeated to achieve long-term results. The treatment is done in the office and typically takes less than 30 minutes.

What are the different types of dermal fillers?

Hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvederm and Restylane are two of the most popular choices for filling in fine lines and wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid is found naturally in the body, with a greater concentration in skin cells. Synthetic wrinkle fillers are used for the same purpose and tend to last longer than those that contain substances already found in the skin. Autologous wrinkle fillers, or fat injection, makes use of your own fat to plump areas of the face that has lost volume. Fat is removed from one area of the body, prepared, then injected into the face.

How long do injectable fillers last?

You’ll likely enjoy the effects of an injectable filler treatment for six months all the way up to 2 years, depending on the type of filler used and how it reacts with your skin. When your desired results start to fade, fillers can safely be used again.

Who is a good candidate for dermal fillers?

Injectables are ideal for those who want a younger, refreshed appearance without the recovery time associated with traditional plastic surgery. Dermal fillers generally provide a more subtle change than invasive procedures. If you are interested in more permanent results, you may want to consider a surgical procedure, such as a face lift or brow lift. The ideal candidate for injectable fillers is a non-smoker in good overall health who is committed to ongoing skin care and has realistic expectations about what this treatment can achieve.

What’s the recovery like?

Most people resume regular activities immediately following the treatment, though intense physical activity should be avoided for 48 hours. Some may experience redness or temporary numbness at the injection site, mild bruising, or minor swelling. Icing and massage help to resolve these side effects within a few hours.

If you want to look younger and more rested but are not ready to commit to a surgical procedure, call 856-772-6500 to talk with Dr. Franckle about the benefits of injectable fillers. He can recommend a treatment plan based on your aesthetic goals.

 

6 Important Questions to Ask Before Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is an important decision. Before moving forward with this procedure, consult with a rhinoplasty surgeon to have questions answered, and to get facts and statistics regarding this operation.

Is the Surgery Painful?

Because this surgery involves the nose and nasal passages, some degree of pain is expected during recovery. Most patients manage this pain effectively with over-the-counter pain relievers, although some people may need stronger medication available by prescription. The discomfort lasts only a short time.

Is Swelling Expected?

Swelling in the eye and nose area is typical, especially immediately after the rhinoplasty. The swelling gradually subsides over the first two weeks, although minor swelling could still be in place six months after the procedure.

questions-1014060_960_720What Type of Bruising is Common?

Everyone has different degrees of sensitivity regarding bruising. Most patients have some bruising under their eyes, usually lasting about ten days. Patients should be able to see the bruising lessen as each day passes.

Is Scarring an Issue?

As with most surgeries, scarring is an after-effect. A closed procedure involves incisions inside the nostrils where no one will see them. Some surgeries involve an incision between the nostrils.

What are the Risks?

As with any surgery, rhinoplasty has some risks. Most patients emerge on the other side of the operation without problems or complications. However, the most typical risks involve bleeding and infection. Some people also experience an adverse reaction to the anesthesia, nerve damage, or scarring.

How Much Time Do I Need Off Work?

The first seven days after surgery are the most difficult with pain, swelling, and bruising. Most people working in a sedentary profession find that taking one week of leave is sufficient. However, anyone wishing to keep the surgery a secret or working in a profession that requires physical activity should take between two and three weeks off work. A rhinoplasty surgeon can provide specific recommendations.

By gathering facts, patients planning rhinoplasty can prepare for the entire process.

 

How Long Should You Wait To Color Your Hair After a Facelift?

Hair Coloring and Facelift - Premier Plastic Surgery Arts Getting a facelift can have amazing results. During this procedure, a surgeon will make an incision in the patient’s face and tighten the muscles underneath the skin. The procedure can result in a more youthful and radiant face with tighter skin and fewer wrinkles. Recovering from this procedure can put a halt on many aspects of your life, including getting your hair dyed or highlighted. There is always a risk that the chemicals in the dye will accidentally touch the incision site and cause infection or inflammation. Because of this risk, we recommend that you wait until the incisions from your facelift have fully healed before you get your hair colored.

At our practice, we strive to be as precise as possible during every procedure. We make the smallest incision we can in order to minimize recovery time. However, even the most precise and carefully executed procedure leaves the patient with some bruising and swelling afterwards.

Every patient will have some facial bruising and swelling once the procedure is finished, and scabs tend to form on the incision site during the healing process. The amount of bruising, swelling, and scabbing caused by this procedure varies from patient to patient, but it generally takes a few weeks to fully heal. For some patients, however, recovery may take over a month.

During the recovery process, you should relax and avoid doing anything that may irritate the wounds or cause the stitches or scabs to reopen. For the first week after a facelift, it’s best to rest and limit your movement. Ideally, you shouldn’t drive or travel by airplane for the first week after this procedure. As discussed above, some people heal fully in as little as two weeks, while others can take much longer.