Five Surprising Ways People Use Injectable Fillers

Injectable fillers are well known for plumping areas of the face that have lost volume. The lips, cheeks and smile lines are the most common, but that’s not all they’re used for. Here are some surprising ways that non-surgical injectables can help create a younger and healthier look.

Chin Augmentation

Woman smiling with her hand on her neckAlthough a chin augmentation can involve an invasive surgery, for some, similar results can be achieved in a much simpler way. With the use of dermal fillers, volume can be added in certain areas and a natural looking augmentation to the chin can be achieved. Just a small change can have a significant effect on the shape of the entire face.

Acne Scars

Severe cases of acne can often leave behind small, indented scars. For those who are frustrated with these scars, dermal fillers can restore the sunken areas, bringing them to the same level as the surrounding skin, and drastically reducing the appearance of the scarring.

Hand Rejuvenation

It’s not uncommon to see the first signs of aging in the hands, yet it is most often the area of the body we forget to treat. Loose skin, volume loss, or visible veins can all be alleviated with a calcium-based gel filler.

Foot Fillers

Although foot fillers can be used for cosmetic reasons, they can also be used to relieve soreness. Working similarly to gel insoles padding a shoe, these dermal fillers can cushion the balls of the feet, which bears the brunt of a body’s weight during walking or running.

Hollow Temples

Having hollow temples from aging is a commonly overlooked feature when it comes to facial rejuvenation. It can result in bones protruding more, creating an aged or unhealthy look. However, a small amount of dermal filler can restore volume to this area for a natural and healthy appearance, and can last as long as two years.

Dermal fillers aren’t just for the lips and cheeks. These small, unknown adjustments can take years off of any appearance.

 

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.

 

FAQ: Injectable Fillers

iStock_000022700077XSmall

For patients who want a more youthful appearance and wish to eliminate fine lines or wrinkles at the brow line or mouth, injectable fillers offer a safe and affordable alternative to surgery. There are many options for your injectable filler treatment. We are here to talk with you about your goals and determine which product is right for you.

Can Fillers Replace a Facelift?

Injectable fillers cannot take the place of a traditional plastic surgery procedure. The results with an injectable filler are temporary and are not as dramatic as the results you can get from a facelift. By opting for an injectable filler, you may achieve a more youthful looking appearance without some of the risks and recovery associated with a surgery.

Do Fillers Work for Everyone?

While injectable  fillers are safe for most people, if you are in poor health or have pre-existing health problems, you may not be a candidate. Injectable fillers are ideal for most patients who are in good health and do not smoke.

How Long Is the Recovery Time?

You won’t have a long or lingering recovery time after an injectable filler treatment, but for some there may be redness at the injection site. This is temporary and will fade within a few hours. Other possible side effects include temporary swelling or numbness at the injection site. Most patients who choose injectable fillers go on with the rest of their day as usual without any downtime.

How Long Does a Treatment Last?

Injectable fillers are temporary measures, and the effect will fade over time. The exact amount of time will depend on your own skin, the filler you choose, and a variety of other factors. Most of our patients see their results last for six to twelve months after an injection. The treatment is safe and can be repeated as needed.

 

Fat from Your Hips to Your Lips?

How many times have you said to yourself – I would love to take the fat from my [insert area here] and put it in my [insert area here]?  We certainly would all love to evenly disperse our fat cells to achieve our perfect body. The good news is that we can perform a fat transfer procedure that may create your desired proportions.

With a fat transfer procedure, Dr. Franckle takes small amounts of fat cells from one area of the body and transfers those cells to another. For example, he can take fat from your hips (where a lot of excess fat cells are stored for many women) and inject it into your lips, which can create a more natural looking plump.  Common areas we retrieve fat from include the abdomen, buttocks or inner thighs. Areas we frequently inject fat into include the lips, cheeks, under eyes, hands and buttocks (the Brazillian butt lift).

How does this fat transfer procedure work? Fat is removed via liposuction and carefully re-injected into the new area. Dr. Franckle uses a technique to layer small injections of fat throughout the new area within different tiers of muscle and fat. Strategically placing the fat injections helps create a more natural look.

Besides the thrill of relocating your own fat, this procedure has many other benefits.  By using your own tissue, we are reducing the possibility of allergic reactions. Unlike other artificial injectable fillers, fat grafting can create longer-lasting results.  So what are you waiting for?*

 

I Want to Look Great for Valentine’s Day!

Raise your hand if you wait until the last minute to take care of tasks. Yep, we are guilty too. With the internet, overnight shipping and instant gratification at every corner, the idea of planning ahead really has lost its appeal.

There are still a few things in life that we need to plan ahead of time.  Prepping for a surgery, for example, can take months including the recovery time.  So what about this coming Valentine’s Day? Do you still have time for a quick treatment or two?  It is probably too late to schedule surgery now and be recovered in time for the romantic holiday, but facial injections or laser treatments are still a great idea. Here are your options:

Botox/Dysport: Relax the wrinkles between your eyebrows, on your forehead and around those pesky crow’s feet. On average your results will take 4-5 days to appear and will last 3-4 months. But don’t wait until the last minute, come see us by February 7th.

Juvederm, Restylane: Erase those smile lines and give a sexy plump to your lips at least 2 weeks before the big day. Your final result will be evident within 5-7 days of treatment and will last 6-9 months. We can stretch this one to February 2nd.

Skin Rejuvenation: Even out skin tone; erase light acne scars and brown spots; improve your skin’s texture and reduce the appearance of fine lines with a laser treatment. Our laser treatments (in order to get great results) do require a bit of downtime (3-4 days), but if you’re willing to commit you’re going to be very happy with your results. See us by February 2nd to be ready for your valentine.

 

Dr. Franckle sees patients on Tuesday afternoons and all day Thursdays.

Only a couple days left before Valentine’s Day – be ready with an appointment!