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Injectable fillers

What are injectable fillers?
Risks
Fat
Radiance
Restylane
Recovery

What are injectable fillers?
Injectable fillers are one tool for reducing the appearance of fine wrinkles and lines. Fillers can also reduce soft tissue defects from surgery, an accident or even acne.

Fat and Restylane are commonly used at Penn. Several other types of fillers are also available, so talk to your plastic surgeon if you are interested in a specific product.

During the consultation with your plastic surgeon, the physician will examine your skin and recommend the best type of filler for you. Your doctor may recommend a different procedure or suggest using an injectable filler in conjunction with other treatments.

When injected just below the surface of the skin, these substances plump or fill out the area. Though the results are immediate, it is important to know that for most products they are only temporary. Depending on the filler and your genetics, results can last from three months to a year. With fat or dermis the results may be more permanent.

Risks
Surgery has risks, but you can help prevent complications by carefully following your physician's instructions both before and after surgery. Talk with your plastic surgeon to be sure you understand the potential risks and complications. If you don't understand something, ask!

Fat
Fat injections fill out wrinkles and lines that develop from laughing, squinting, frowning and other facial movements. The plastic surgeon carefully removes fat from another part of your body -- such as the abdomen, thighs, buttocks or hips -- then separates the fat from blood and other body fluids, purifies it and injects it into the appropriate areas.

In the past, fat injections were usually a temporary measure, because the fat would eventually be reabsorbed by the body. Now, newer techniques allow the newly introduced fat to develop its own blood supply. Fat transferred in this way lasts longer and may be permanent.

Radiance
Radiance is a relatively new synthetic filler. The long-term effects of the product are still unknown, but results are believed to be permanent. To reverse the procedure, the substance must be surgically removed.

Restylane
An increasingly popular filler, Restylane is made of a substance that naturally occurs in the human body. Its results tend to be more natural and last, on average, eight to 12 months. Currently, it is approved to treat only a few areas, including the lips and nasiolabial folds (the folds between the nose and the outer ends of the mouth).

Recovery
After the procedure, you'll have some swelling and possibly bruising. Depending on the extent of your the procedure, some people return to work the same day. Others return to work and other routine activities within 48 hours, at the very latest.

 

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