Michael Echavez

Have a More Youthful Appearance With Injectable Fillers

It is an unfortunate side effect of time that as we age our face loses volume. Thinking about yourself when you were younger your cheeks were rosy and full, there were no lines at the corner of your eyes and mouth and there were absolutely no wrinkles. Many women today are looking towards dermal fillers to help them get back their youthful appearance. Treatments in the past consisted of fat injections, which could be unpredictable and expensive, and collagen injections, which only lasted for a couple of months then needed to be replaced. Enter injectable fillers.

What Are Injectable Fillers?

Injectable fillers became available in the cosmetic surgery world a decade ago and quickly became the most popular method of attaining a more youthful appearance because they last a very long time, are predictable and not nearly as expensive as the alternatives. They can be used to fill out the checks, eyebrows, lines between the nose and the mouth as well as the corners of the mouth resulting in a more youthful, natural looking appearance.

There are five types of injectable fillers and they are all unique with their own advantages and disadvantages:

  • Restylane and Juvederm. These are used to fill in lines on the face or to plump up lips and the results can last for several months.
  • Radiesse. Approved by the FDA to treat facial fat loss due to HIV Radiesse’s results can last for a year. It is made of the same minerals found in bones so there is little to no risk of an allergic reaction.
  • Sculptra. It causes the body to stimulate tissue build up in the areas where it is placed. Several treatments are needed to get the ideal effects but the results can last for several years.
  • Bellafill (formerly Artefill). Like Sculptra, Bellafill can be used to stimulate tissue build up and its results can last for many years after several sessions are performed.

What is the Procedure Like?

Dermal filler procedures are typically performed in a doctor’s office as an outpatient procedure. Depending on the type of filler you and your doctor settle on your dermatologist may need to give you a skin test before you have anything done to make sure you aren’t allergic to the filler. Your doctor will then give you a series of skin injections over a few sessions which will range depending on what you’re trying to accomplish. Once the procedure is done you can return to your normal routine but doctors recommend staying out of the sun and avoiding any strenuous actions for a day, at least.

Are There Any Risks or Complications Involved?

Like any procedure there are risks to using dermal fillers. The most common ones are bruising, redness, swelling and pain at the injection site but those usually resolve themselves within a day or two. The most serious but rare complication that can occur is tissue necrosis and blindness and this happens when filler is injected to the blood vessel so you will want to make sure you choose an experienced doctor who knows what they are doing.

Finding a great doctor like Double Board-Certified surgeon Dr. Michael Echavez to perform this procedure is paramount if you want the best results. Dr. Echavez performs injectable fillers in San Francisco and is known around the city for his aesthetic sense.

Dermal fillers technology has advanced immensely over the past few years. It has made fillers more predictable with longer-lasting results and allows them to be utilized in a variety of methods. Revitalize your appearance by using dermal fillers to add volume to your face and smooth out any wrinkles or deep lines. Using a great surgeon like Dr. Echavez will guarantee that you’re going to love the way you look.

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