Injectable Filler

  • Standard Recovery Time:
    1-2 days
  • Average Cost:
    $500 - $1,500
  • Anesthesia Required:
    Potentially

About Injectable Filler

Injectable filler is a soft tissue filler injected underneath the skin at different depths to restore volume, smooth out wrinkles, soften creases, and enhance facial contours.

Commonly asked questions about Injectable Filler

1. What is injectable filler?

Injectable filler is a soft tissue filler injected underneath the skin at different depths to restore volume, smooth out wrinkles, soften creases, and enhance facial contours.
There are many substances used to create injectable filler, such as:

  • Calcium hydroxylapatite (a compound found in bones)
  • Hyaluronic acid (found naturally in the body and provides plumpness to the skin)
  • Polyalkylimide (a transparent gel)
  • Polylactic acid (stimulates the skin to create collagen)
  • Polymethyl-methacrylate microspheres (a semi-permanent filler)

Each substance is used to treat different signs of aging and other cosmetic issues.

2. Am I a good candidate for injectable fillers?

You may be a good candidate if you:

  • Are physically healthy
  • Don’t smoke
  • Are bothered about sagging skin, wrinkles, and creases
  • Are committed to maintaining good skin health

3. How does an injectable filler work?

With a cannula or needle, the filler is injected into target areas of the face. The filler, which has a gel-like consistency, plumps the skin from the inside, replacing lost fat and proteins to smooth out wrinkles and fill hollow regions.

There are different types of filler substances, which means some are temporary, and some are longer lasting. Brands such as Sculptra, Ellanse, and Radiesse work by filling out fine lines/wrinkles and stimulating your body to create more collagen. These fillers normally last for a year or more.

Brands like Juvéderm, Belotero, and Restylane (hyaluronic acid fillers) are the most popular and usually the most used. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the human body and has huge hydrating properties. This filler is the most used as it is temporary and lasts approximately six to eighteen months, depending on the brand and where it is injected.

The good thing about these fillers is that if anything goes wrong, or you simply do not like the result, hyaluronic acid-based fillers can be dissolved by an enzyme called hyaluronidase. As well as this filler’s ability to be dissolved, due to the water-loving nature of hyaluronic acid, it attracts and draws in water from the air, which keeps your skin moisturized, creating a plump and fuller appearance.

4. How is an injectable filler procedure performed?

Step 1 – Facial Assessment
If you opt for injectable filler, your doctor will evaluate your facial appearance and skin tone, as well as the areas of your face that will be augmented. In addition, photographs may be taken of areas to be treated.

Step 2 – Cleansing and Anesthetizing
An antiseptic wipe will be used to clean the injection sites. Pain may be alleviated by using a cold instrument to chill the skin or an anesthetic ointment to numb the skin.

Step 3 – Clean up and Recovery
To minimize swelling, you may be given an ice pack to place on the injection sites. The area injected may feel tender for a day or two but is usually not painful enough to require medication.

5. What are the most commonly treated areas?

The Elevens: The lines and creases in between the eyebrows. These lines are made from frowning, sleeping on your face (or on one side of your face), and sun damage.

Tear Troughs: Aging causes fat loss in our faces, especially in the area under the eye in the “tear trough.” Injecting this area will add volume and reduce the look of deep, hollow under eyes.

Cheeks/cheekbones: One of the most popular areas treated with filler is the cheeks. Fillers will plump up this area as well as make the cheekbones appear more sculpted and prominent.

Lips: Another popular area to be treated with filler is the lips. Injecting filler into the lips will boost volume for plumper, younger-looking lips. It can also provide contour and symmetry for those with a thin upper lip.

Chin Wrinkles: Age and sun damage can cause the chin muscles can cause the bottom of the face to wrinkle (often referred to as “orange peel”). Fillers can smooth out this area and are often combined with Botox to relax the muscles and avoid worsening the creases/wrinkles.

Nose: A new technique is now used with filler to create a “non-surgical nose-job.” Patients with small bumps on the bridge of the nose can be filled to create a more smooth and straight nose shape.

6. How long does an injectable filler procedure take?

How long the procedure takes depends on the area being treated and if topical numbing cream is applied. On average, it takes five to 30 minutes per area.

7. How soon will I see the results?

Injectable fillers are instant, so you will be able to see visible results immediately after treatment. Depending on which filler you get, it can take up to four weeks to fully integrate into the tissue. However, there is initial swelling in the treated area after injecting that can last up to two weeks.

8. How much does injectable filler cost in Canada?

The cost of fillers varies based on where you reside, how many areas are being treated, and how much filler is used in each. In Canada, the average cost of filler ranges from $500-$1500.

9. What are the risks of injectable fillers?

Injectable fillers rarely cause serious problems. The following are some of the potential dangers, which vary depending on the type of filler used:

  • Acne-like skin eruptions
  • Bleeding
  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Infection at the injection site
  • Lumps
  • Skin rash
  • Under or over correction of wrinkles
  • Damage to the skin
  • Skin necrosis (ulceration or loss of skin from disruption of blood flow)

10. Is injectable filler worth it?

507/538 people who received injectable filler rated the treatment “Worth It” (94%)

– Source: realself.com