Fillers can be used to augment and improve lip contour, to improve superficial lines, to smooth wrinkles and facial lines (as the smile folds), to regain facial volume, and to improve scar appearance. The most used filler is hyaluronic acid, which is a synthetic product present in our bodies and it is responsible for maintaining water in our organs.
The procedure can be performed in the office, using local anesthesia or local anesthetic cream. The duration of treatment varies with each patient according to the site of product application. Overall the result will last up to 4 weeks for skin hydration, and 6 months to 18 months when filling or adding volume. The treatment lasts about 20 minutes, and the results can be seen immediately. The procedure can be repeated if necessary.
Fat tissue from the patient (autologous fat) can be used to “fill” the face and body by means of fat graft or lipofilling. The use of patient’s fat is a longer procedure than the use of dermal fillers because the patient would submit to a small liposuction. Lipofilling eliminates the risk of allergic reaction or rejection. It’s known that not every fat cell will survive when transplanted to a new area. The reabsorption rate is variable and the procedure may be repeated if necessary.