What Do I Need to Know About Injectable Fillers?


Injectable fillers essentially “fill in” the volume lost in your face due to aging. Unlike Botox, which temporarily paralyzes muscles, dermal fillers are inserted under the skin to plump it up, lessening the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

There are a few different types of fillers based on their active ingredients, which may include hyaluronic acid, collagen and minerals. They are generally used on facial features prone to wrinkles and a loss of volume as we age, such as the lips, crow’s feet area of the eyes, smile lines and cheeks.

These injections typically take about half an hour to perform, with results lasting anywhere from four months to more than a year. Yes, that’s right, dermal fillers are only temporary. This allows you to gauge your satisfaction with your last round of injections, increasing or decreasing your next dosage based on personal preferences.

One fact you may not know about dermal fillers is that a select part of the population can be allergic to a filler’s ingredients. Dr. Tenley Lawton or her staff will administer a skin test beforehand to ensure your chosen filler is safe for you.

Even if you’re not allergic, redness and bruising may occur post-procedure. This is perfectly normal, and should subside within a week. Dr. Lawton also recommends that you refrain from using aspirin or blood thinners a week before your injections, as these items can thin the blood – and no one wants that! Some patients experience minor discomfort during the injections, though this can be minimized through the use of ice and a numbing cream, such as lidocaine.

These non-surgical, non-invasive fillers can be a great boost to anyone’s look. With many options at your fingertips depending on your desired result, Dr. Lawton is happy to sit down with you to determine which one will have you looking your best!


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