Dermal fillers and fat injections rejuvenate skin by restoring volume to facial lines and wrinkles. As we age, our skin stretches and loses subcutaneous fat, which causes our faces to lose volume and contour. Fillers and injectables help reduce the appearance of aging by plumping thin lips, enhancing natural contours, softening facial creases and reducing the appearance of scars.
Fillers and injectables are ideal for those who are generally physically healthy, do not smoke and have realistic goals for the procedure. It is also important to remember injectables and fillers are not a substitute for a facelift surgery, as they cannot achieve the same results and do not last as long.
The first step of a filler procedure is facial assessment and mapping. The ENT doctor will evaluate your facial appearance, skin tone and problem areas. They will then mark your face at the appropriate injection sites. Your photo may be taken at several angles for reference. Next, the injection sites will be cleaned and sterilized.
Each injection only takes a few seconds. The doctor will inject the filler, massage the area and evaluate the result. More filler may be injected at each site as needed. After the procedure, the doctor will clean the markings off your face and provide an ice pack to reduce swelling. The whole procedure may take fifteen minutes to an hour, depending on how many injections you and your doctor decide on. You may experience minor pain and swelling for a couple of days.
Botox, short for botulinum toxin, is a cosmetic treatment that reduces forehead wrinkles, frown lines and crow’s feet. The cause of wrinkles around the eyes and forehead is the repeated use of these muscles. Botox works by reducing muscle activity so that wrinkles appear smoother. The results show within 48 hours of the injection and last up to four months. The injection process takes only about 10 minutes.