As the name suggests ‘filler injection’ is a cosmetic procedure that does just that - it fills. It smoothens out scarred, wrinkled, or furrowed skin on the face and gives the face a more desirable shape. Filler injections can also help one to add fullness to the lips. When the filler is first injected, it raises or swells up the area under treatment but the swelling recedes after a while.
What is the ‘filler’ made of? There are a variety of fillers available both natural and synthetic, and a cosmetic surgeon will be able to decide which is best for the specific task at hand.
- Synthetic collagen (produced in a laboratory)
- Hyaluronic acid
- Bovine collagen
- Natural collagen from human tissue
- Fat cells harvested from one’s body.
How Filler Injections Work
While some fillers have a numbing additive to them, other fillers require that the patient’s skin be locally anesthetised first. Then, the cosmetic surgeon injects the filler under the skin. The procedure takes about 15 minutes. However, depending on the filler, the area being treated, and the body’s reaction to the treatment, multiple sessions, spread over a number of weeks, may be necessary. The body absorbs the filler fairly slowly and after a period of time restores the skin to its natural state. The effective duration of the filler injection depends on the type of filler used, as different fillers have varying periods of effectiveness. Collagen fillers are usually effective for a period of 3 to 6 months.
Side Effects of Filler Injections
After the filler injection procedure it is not unusual to experience some pain, redness and itching. There could be some swelling too and this may last for a day or two.