How Do I Know I'm a Candidate for Wrinkle Fillers?
Before you get a wrinkle filler, you and your doctor will discuss your goals. You'll also discuss your medical history, the areas you want treated, and what results you can expect.
Injections are not appropriate for certain lines and scars. Certain medical conditions also make them inappropriate. It is very important to have realistic expectations about what the results may be. For instance, one treatment may not remove every line on your face.
With your doctor, you can decide which facial areas are most important to you and discuss how many treatments you may need. You should also discuss cost. Keep in mind health insurance doesn't pay for cosmetic procedures. So be sure you're clear on what you'll need to pay for and what your payment options are.
What Can I Expect With Wrinkle Filler Injections?
If you and your doctor decide injections are right for you, your doctor may start by giving you a skin test on your forearm to make sure you aren't sensitive to the substance being used. You'll need to watch the area carefully for four weeks. Most men and women tested show no reaction to the skin test and can proceed with the injections.
When you're ready for your wrinkle filler injection, you'll first get a shot of local anesthesia to numb the area being treated. It's possible the area may bruise, and you may get puffiness, redness, and tenderness around the treated site.
Depending on the substance injected, you will likely need more treatments to maintain the effect.
How Many Wrinkle Filler Injections Will I Need?
That depends on which wrinkle filler you use.
Just like natural collagen, collagen replacements begin to lose form. That means they will eventually wear down. Treatment may require collagen injections two to four times a year to maintain the smoothing effects.
Your body will eventually absorb Hylaform and Restylane. Synthetic materials such as Artecoll last longer but are more likely to trigger an allergic reaction. Fat, depending on how it is used, can sometimes achieve permanent results. You may, though, need a series of injections over several months to get the most benefit.