Cosmetic Injectables Fillers
Dr. Mussman offers non-surgical options to soften these facial lines and restore volume and fullness in the face with the latest techniques in cosmetic injectable fillers. The use of cosmetic injectable fillers, also known as soft tissue augmentation, can plump thin lips, enhance shallow facial contours, soften facial creases and wrinkles, or improve the appearance of recessed scars.
Am I a candidate for cosmetic injectable fillers?
One of the earliest signs of aging is a loss of facial fullness and the development of wrinkles. While cosmetic injectable fillers do not stop the aging process, injectable fillers may help delay the need for more invasive procedures, such as a facelift, brow lift or other procedures.
The best way to determine if you are a candidate for an injectable filler is through a consultation with Dr. Mussman.
Tissue fillers are a good option if you:
- Are physically healthy
- Have mild or moderate degree of facial aging
- Have specific, but realistic goals in mind for the improvement of your appearance.
How do I prepare for a cosmetic injectable filler procedure?
Preparation for your cosmetic injectable filler procedure with Dr. Mussman may include:
- Discussing why you want the procedure, your expectations and desired outcome
- Review of your medical conditions, drug allergies and medical treatments
- Review of your current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drugs
- Discussing any past treatment with injectable fillers, facial shaping or Botox® therapy, or other facial rejuvenation procedures.
Dr. Mussman may also:
- Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
- Discuss options available to you for facial rejuvenation
- Examine and measure your face
- Take photographs for your medical record
- Discuss your options and recommend a course of treatment
- Discuss likely outcomes of injectable fillers and any risks or potential complications.
How is a cosmetic injectable filler procedure performed?
Injectable fillers are used during an office visit with Dr. Mussman. The filler is injected with a fine needle into strategic points on your face in combination with topical or local anesthesia.
The injection sites are cleansed with an antibacterial agent, followed by icing or a topical numbing agent to make more sensitive patients comfortable. The filler itself may contain an anesthetic agent, or you may receive a local anesthetic or combination of local anesthesia and conscious sedation (also known as “twilight sleep”).
Multiple injections are often needed to fill wrinkles or recessed scars. Enhancing your lips with fillers also requires multiple injections to distribute the filler for enhanced lip fullness and to raise or define a cupid’s bow or vermillion border.
Cosmetic injectable fillers are often used to:
- Address nasolabial folds (facial creases between the nose and mouth)
- Improve marionette lines (lines or wrinkles that extend from the outer corners of the mouth down toward the chin)
- Correct “lipstick lines” around the mouth
- Restore fuller cheeks
- lifullness in the lips
- Improve forehead frown lines, when used in conjunction with Botox®.
What are the different types of injectable fillers?
There are many different cosmetic injectable filler options. Your first step in determining which filler is best for your needs is through a consultation with Dr. Mussman
There are a variety of cosmetic injectable fillers to suit different patients’ needs:
Hyaluronic Acid is a natural substance found in your body. It is effective for plumping thin lips and filling facial creases between the nose and mouth (nasolabial folds) and the jowl area (marionette lines). Hyaluronic acid may also be effective for some surface wrinkles and concave scars, under the eyes (nasojugal grooves) and in the forehead region and elsewhere.
Common hyaluronic acid products include Juvederm®, Restylane® and Perlane® with results from these injectables lasting six months or longer depending on both the individual patient and location of injection. Hyaluronic acids are currently the most popular of the cosmetic injectable fillers.
Hydroxylapatite (Radiesse®) is a mineral-like compound found naturally in human bones, which is suspended within a gel-like formation. It is the heaviest of facial fillers and is recommended to fill deeper creases such as nasolabial folds and marionette lines, as well as to enhance fullness of the cheeks and other facial contours. Radiesse’s® results last from six months to one year.
Human fat, harvested from your own body, can be reinjected to enhance facial fullness, fill deep creases and to build up shallow contours. Augmentation through fat injections requires a more extensive procedure than other injectable fillers because it involves the use of liposuction techniques to extract the fat prior to injection. Fat injections are somewhat unpredictable in how long they last. Length of action varies from patient to patient and location of injection.
Poly-L-lactic Acid (Sculptra®) was developed to treat facial wasting, a condition commonly resulting from HIV. FDA-approved for this purpose, it also has recently been approved for facial aging. It functions similarly to human fat injections by enhancing facial volume in patients who appear to have lost facial fat. Studies have shown results from Sculptra® lasting up to two years.
Note: The FDA reviews and approves pharmaceutical fillers. However, some fillers may be used on an off-label basis, which means they have been approved for wrinkle correction in a given area only, or for some other medical indication, but not directly reviewed for a specific application. For a more detailed discussion of off-label uses of fillers, consult your plastic surgeon or dermatologist.
What results can I expect?
Injectable fillers offer immediate results, but your results will vary depending on which filler is used. A filler’s effectiveness can range from six months (such as hyaluronic acids) to over one year (with the use of PMMAs).
In some cases, the length of your results or effectiveness of correction depends on the filler used, the area treated and the individual patient. Because injectable fillers are not permanent, the best way to ensure results is through repeated treatments with your cosmetic surgeon. In general, less filler is required on subsequent injections.
What is involved in recovery?
Injectable filler procedures are performed on an outpatient basis with Dr. Mussman. Your initial appearance after treatment with any filler may include:
- Mild swelling or bruising
- Temporary numbness or redness
- Temporary irregularity to touch in the soft tissue or skin.
These side effects are easily managed with topical icing and will improve within hours or just a few days.
Are cosmetic injectable fillers safe?
All surgical procedures carry some risk, but complications from filler procedures are uncommon. Possible risks and considerations regarding injectable fillers include:
- Fillers derived from non-human sources may require a pre-treatment allergy test
- Certain fillers may lead to an infection at the injection site
- Fillers that are not completely fluid and contain microscopic granular substances (PMMAs) carry a risk of “clumping” as a result of facial movement and the natural aging process. Over time, these can result in lumps or nodules that may require surgery to treat
- Acne-like skin eruptions
- Antibodies to filler material may reduce the effectiveness of future injections
- Bleeding, bruising and swelling
- Skin death, also called skin necrosis (extremely rare)
- Skin rash, itching and swelling
- Skin redness
- Skin sensitivity
- Under or over correction of wrinkles.
Is this procedure covered by health insurance?
Like all cosmetic procedures, injectable filler procedures are not covered by health insurance. Dr. Mussman’s staff will help find a financial solution that will work well to fit your needs.