Injectable Fillers – What You Need To Know

Even before the age of Zoom, more and more Canadians have been increasingly choosing minimally invasive options to achieve a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance.

For some patients, forgoing more serious, invasive surgeries like facelifts and neck lifts, for equally safe, easy and affordable injectable fillers to attain fuller profiles and smoother skin is a more accessible option with little to no down-time.


What are injectable fillers?

There are various injectable filler options, including biosynthetically produced calcium hydroxylapatite, which is found naturally in human bones; reformulated hyaluronic acid, which is also found naturally in the human body; and polylactic acid, which is a non-toxic, biodegradable substance. Regardless of the type of injectable filler you opt for, these fillers have long safety records or have already been used in other medical or even dental treatments for some time now.


Why choose injectable fillers?

We all naturally lose volume in our faces as we age. This leads to sagging skin, hollow cheeks and an aged appearance.

injectable fillers are a safe, reversible way to restore lost volume, smooth wrinkles and enhance the contours of your face in a way that can look completely natural.

What are injectable fillers used for?

injectable fillers can help with all of the following issues:

  • Sunken cheeks
  • Thin lips
  • Marionette and smile lines
  • Crow’s feet
  • Asymmetrical features
  • Weak chin
  • Noticeable scars
  • Frown lines

In some cases, injectable fillers can even be used to plump up the backs of your hands to give them a smooth, youthful appearance.


What kind of results can you expect from injectable fillers?

Most fillers last anywhere from six months to a year, depending on the type of filler and injection site. Your plastic surgeon will be able to tell you how long your chosen fillers should last.

Initial results can be visible immediately. Some patients may initially feel like the treatment areas are “overfilled,” but once the swelling subsides and the filler settles, the end result will progressively look more natural.


What to expect when getting injectable fillers

During the procedure

Depending on which filler you get, the area may be first numbed with a topical cream. Some fillers such as Juvéderm have a local anesthetic mixed in, so you won’t need a numbing cream.

The area will be sterilized, and the treatment will be carefully injected. The entire process usually takes less than an hour, and you’ll be able to resume your normal activities soon after.


During recovery

Typically there is no real downtime with injectable fillers. Most plastic surgeons recommend limiting strenuous activity for 48 hours in order to facilitate faster healing, but you can usually resume a regular schedule immediately.

There will be some swelling, soreness and bruising around the injection site, however, this will resolve within a few days.


Juvéderm® Injectable Filler Treatments

Juvéderm® injectable fillers are smooth-consistency gels made of natural hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in your skin that helps to add volume and hydration. Dr. Laliberte or our nurse injector will inject an injectable filler gel under the skin to instantly restore your skin’s volume and smooth away facial wrinkles and folds. Fillers can be used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and creases, restore volume in your cheeks and chin, enhance your lips and cheeks or contour your jawline. injectable fillers provide a smooth, natural look and feel, so everyone will notice but no one will know.

Juvéderm® typically provides 9 months to one year of correction for moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds (lines from the nose to the corners of the mouth). It is also primarily used for lip augmentation.

Juvéderm® products also contain the local anesthetic lidocaine for a more comfortable injection as this numbs the treatment area within seconds.


Achieve your cosmetic goals with injectable fillers

Injectable fillers are a safe, minimally invasive option for restoring a natural-looking, and youthful fullness to your features.

When going this route it’s important to choose a qualified board-certified plastic surgeon for your filler injections so that you can feel safe and confident in the results you’ll achieve. Dr. Laliberte at Radiance Plastic Surgery is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 10 years of plastic surgery experience. His artistic and highly technical approach produces natural results tailored to enhance and complement your specific goals and circumstances. 

If you are interested in learning more about injectable fillers, or to book a consultation, please complete our online form, call us, or email us at office@radianceplasticsurgery.ca.

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