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.
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.
Augmentation refers to the procedure of filling up deficient areas of the face with the subject’s own tissue or with bio compatible implants. Reduction involves reducing the bony areas of the face which stand out too prominently.
To have an aesthetically pleasing facial profile it is vital that the face is balanced proportionately with regard to the nose, cheek and chin. The three common procedures for facial contouring are ‘chin augmentation’ for a weak and receding chin, ‘cheek augmentation’ to overcome the problem of a flat face, and rhinoplasty (nose reshaping).
People who are thinking of opting for facial contour surgery must bear in mind that to achieve the desired results, they may require work on the nose, the cheek, and the chin to achieve the balance and harmony of an aesthetically pleasing photogenic face.
With the availability of computer imaging, potential patients can get a pretty good idea of what they will look like after the facial contouring procedure. Moreover, there will be no surgical incision scars as most of the incisions are done from inside the mouth, within the hairline, skin creases etc.