Sculpting and shaping using injectable fillers is one of the non-surgical procedures performed by our Oklahoma City facial plastic surgeon to combat the signs of aging. Treating each patient individually, fillers can be used to volumize, camouflage, fill lines or augment the tissues to turn shadows into highlights. Immediate transformations can truly be accomplished with minimal downtime while enjoying long-lasting natural results.
Fillers can be injected in the office with topical anesthetic cream, however, most patients do not require any anesthetic. Dependent on the site of treatment, there are several types of fillers that can be used. Dr. Shadfar makes use of delicate microcannulas to thread and layer the injectable dermal fillers into the exact plane within the areas of concern. This technique provides less swelling, bruising, and pain for patients so they can benefit from a quicker recovery.
Following injection of dermal fillers patients are free to go about their day with little to no restrictions. A cool compress is provided to patients, and can be used for the first day after injection. Patients will notice swelling around the site of each injection with some redness that fades by that evening. Infrequently, patients may experience bruising following injections. The effects of the injections are immediate, and patients can expect to see their final results by day 2-3.
Dermal Filler Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What aesthetic concerns can dermal fillers treat?
Dermal fillers provide a non-surgical, minimally invasive approach to restoring a more youthful and revitalized facial appearance. Some of the most common aesthetic concerns that can be treated with injectable fillers include smile lines, wrinkles, nasolabial folds, mild skin elasticity, and volume loss. In addition, dermal fillers can often be used to help smooth acne scars, as well as to augment or reshape the lips, nose (liquid rhinoplasty), and various other areas of the face.
Who is a good candidate for injectable fillers?
Ideal candidates for injectable fillers are individuals seeking to address signs of facial aging and/or enhance particular facial features without having to undergo surgery. Patients should also be in good general health and understand that although dermal fillers can create exceptional results when performed safely and correctly, treatment may need to be repeated on a periodic basis to maintain an optimal outcome.
How long do injectable fillers last?
The longevity of results from dermal fillers will depend on the particular injectable treatment performed, the specific concern it is used to address, and how the solution reacts with one’s body. In general, fillers like JUVÉDERM® and Restylane® last approximately six months (possibly longer), though this can vary depending on the treatment application. For example, when JUVÉDERM® is administered to minimize lines around the mouth and nose, the results of treatment tend to remain noticeable for nine to twelve months for many individuals. Restylane® Silk—which is used to diminish crow’s feet, frown lines, and various other concerns—typically lasts anywhere from three to six months, and the volumizing effects of JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC often endure at least 18 months for numerous patients. Dr. Shadfar can provide a more personalized answer to this question based on the dermal fillers selected for treatment.
Are there any side effects of dermal fillers?
The most common side effects of dermal fillers include some mild swelling and potential redness in the targeted area(s), though these symptoms are temporary and should fade relatively quickly. Issues like bruising and lingering discomfort are rare, and the vast majority of individuals are able to resume normal, non-strenuous daily routines immediately after treatment. In fact, many patients choose to receive injectable fillers on their lunchbreak.
Do dermal fillers have any treatment limitations?
Although injectable fillers are highly versatile, there are certain cosmetic concerns that cannot be adequately treated with this non-surgical option. For instance, if moderate to significant skin laxity and/or deep folds and wrinkles are present, a surgical procedure such as a facelift or brow lift (depending the location of one’s concerns) will often provide a superior and longer-lasting enhancement. At the time of the consultation, Dr. Shadfar can perform a thorough physical examination and comprehensively discuss one’s aesthetic desires to determine the most appropriate treatment options.
Who should administer my injectable treatment?
Not all injectors are required to be medical doctors, so it is important to research the skill and credentials of an injector prior to proceeding with treatment. At his practice, Dr. Shadfar performs all dermal filler injections to ensure an optimal level of precision and safety. Having undergone extensive Fellowship training in facial plastic surgery, and being dual board-certified, he has a complete understanding of the various skin and muscle tissues of the face, as well as a keen eye and deep appreciation for facial balance and aesthetics. Dr. Shadfar has performed numerous dermal filler injections throughout his career as a facial plastic surgeon, and his refined approach is designed to achieve incredibly natural-appearing results with minimal to no side effects or downtime.