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What You Should Know About Wrinkle Fillers

Autologous Wrinkle Fillers

This category includes wrinkle fillers made from substances, usually fat, taken from your own body. The fat is normally taken from the thighs, buttocks, or stomach. They are most often used for fine lines and creases on the face.

Though these aren't commonly used, they can be an option for some people.

Risks for these injections are similar to other wrinkle fillers, including bruising, redness, and swelling at the site of the injection. You need, though, to have two procedures (one to remove the fat and one to inject it). Both, though, can be done in one visit. Additional purification steps taken in the lab can be costly and time consuming. Results can be permanent, although you may need a series of injections. Because the fillers come from your body, these injections do not require FDA approval.

Minimizing Risks and Increasing Good Outcomes for All Wrinkle Fillers

Wrinkle fillers are among the safest cosmetic procedures in use today. But there are also things you can do to help ensure your treatment is safe:

  • Don't let price be your guide. If you are offered a wrinkle filler treatment that costs far less than the standard treatment, it's likely some compromises are being made, either in the skill of the provider or the quality of the product. Never risk making a bargain with your face.
  • All wrinkle fillers should be done in a medical setting with sterile instruments. Treatments done in homes, hotels, spas, or resorts are not being done in medical environments, regardless of who is doing them.
  • Do not get injectable wrinkle fillers from sources outside a doctor's office. Know what you are being injected with, and ask your doctor if an FDA-approved wrinkle filler is being used and if it was purchased directly from the maker. There have been reports of everything from industrial-grade silicone to baby oil to unapproved fillers being used. If a provider won't give you information about what will be used, don't let that provider do the procedure.

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