Soft tissue fillers are substances that have the ability to fill and restore the changes that occur from aging. These changes include loss of volume, fullness and appearance of wrinkles in the face. This happens due to a decrease in the underlying collagen, elasticity and hyaluronic acid in the skin. The changes are commonly seen around the eyes, jaw line, cheeks, mouth and around the nose.
Soft Tissue Fillers injected into the skin can temporarily:
- Plump lips
- Fill hollow cheeks
- Improve the appearance of wrinkles, scars and fine lines
- Improve imperfections from injury or acne
One example of soft tissue filler is called Perlane. It is made up of a natural substance called hyaluronic acid and is very safe to use. Hyaluronic acid simply supplements the body's age-depleted hyaluronic acid which naturally diminishes with age. Hyaluronic acid is responsible for giving volume to our skin and giving eyes their shape. It is also essential for lubricating our joints. Replacing the lost hyaluronic acid to the skin helps to restore its volume and appearance and makes the skin appear youthful again, making it an ideal product for the face.
Prior to the procedure, the face is cleansed and your doctor will mark points on your face as a guide for the injections. Injections are usually given in the doctor’s office.
A topical numbing agent or local anesthetic agent is used to ensure comfort during the procedure. The filler is injected directly into the area to be treated with a very small needle. You may experience some stinging or a burning sensation during the process. The procedure involves a series of sessions.
After the procedure, you may experience some temporary swelling, minor bruising or redness at the site of injection. Makeup can be applied immediately after treatment. The changes last for months to years depending upon the area of treatment and the type of fillers used. In some cases, touch-up treatment or maintenance is required for achieving the best results.