One of the most common effects of aging is a loss in facial volume. As tissue thins, the natural facial folds can become more pronounced, leaving creases in places like the nasolabial folds. Injectable dermal fillers are designed to temporarily restore lost volume, smooth out deep creases and bring a more youthful shape to the face.
Boston plastic surgeon Dr. Waleed Ezzat is double board-certified in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. His comprehensive approach to facial rejuvenation focuses on natural-looking results customized to each individual’s anatomy.
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When to Consider Facial Fillers
Some of the most common reasons to consider getting injectable fillers include:
- Deep facial creases lead to a drooping look
- A loss of facial volume caused by thinning tissue
- Facial asymmetry in the nose or lips
- Deep, pitted scars
- Thin lips
The best candidates for dermal fillers are in good mental and physical health and have realistic expectations for their outcome.
Before Getting Injectable Fillers
Before you have facial filler injections, you’ll have a private consultation with either Dr. Ezzat or one of his aestheticians. During your consultation, you’ll have a chance to learn about the different types of injectable fillers and decide on the best option for you. Some fillers are better suited for very specific areas, like scars, while others are more effective in wider areas, such as the cheeks. You should avoid medications that thin the blood for 2 weeks and alcohol for a couple of days before your appointment.
Depending on your appearance goals, Dr. Ezzat may suggest additional treatments to use in conjunction with dermal fillers. It’s common for people to use BOTOX® Cosmetic to address dynamic wrinkles beside the eyes or between the brows, and including this noninvasive treatment with your fillers can result in a more comprehensive outcome. Fat injections can offer a natural alternative to synthetic dermal fillers.
Your Dermal Filler Injections
Injections are quick and simple, earning them the nickname “lunchtime treatments.” In most cases, a simple cold compress is all that is necessary to comfortably inject the filler material. In some cases, Dr. Ezzat will apply a topical numbing cream to the injection sites. The product is then injected into the regions of the face that are being augmented.
After Getting Injectable Fillers
You do not need to schedule downtime after your facial filler appointment, and you may resume your daily routine as soon as you leave our office. However, you will likely develop some pinkness, swelling or light bruising around the injections, so it’s a good idea to bring some makeup with you. Regular massaging of the area injected is required within the first 24 hours.
In addition, you should avoid participating in strenuous activities for the next 24 hours, as this may cause the product to move. Using ice or a cold gel pack to soothe the treated areas can help expedite healing. You should see your final results within 2 weeks of your appointment.
Your New Look
After getting fillers, you should appear as natural as ever, but with an added youthful quality caused by smoother, firmer-looking skin. Deep creases and pitted scars should be reduced, while lips that have been augmented should appear full and balanced. Most people who get fillers maintain their appearances by scheduling routine treatments spaced 6 months to 1 year apart, depending on the type of filler used. Your injector can advise you on the best treatment plan for you.
Contact us online or call our Boston office at 617-414-4980 to take the first step toward reclaiming your youth with facial fillers.