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Facial Fillers

Facial fillers are typically a nonsurgical treatment that can improve moderate to severe facial wrinkles/lines.  They also can add volume to lips, nasolabial folds, etc.  At New Leaf we use a variety of facial fillers depending on your individual needs. Some of the common fillers are  Juvederm ®, Restylane ®, Perlane ®, Radiesse ®,  etc.  These treatments are typically not permanent but can last from months to years depending on what filler is used.  Most facial fillers are administered with the use of nerve blocks, and are therefore virtually painless.  Dr. Lovelace may even decide to do fat grafting which is a surgical procedure, and utilizes your own fat to add volume.

How much pain will I have?

Minimal

How much will it cost?

A detailed quote will be given at the time of your consultation.

How long will it take?

The procedure takes 15-30 minutes and is done in the office

What is the recovery?

Minimal redness and/or swelling at the injection site will usually resolve within a few days.  At times you may get a bruise at the injection site which may take a little longer to resolve.  It may even take a couple of weeks to completely resolve depending on the size of the bruise.  You may return to work the same day.  We ask that you don’t exercise for 24 hours.  The results are apparent immediately, but expect some swelling that will resolve over time.  Depending on the type of filler used it may last anywhere between months to years.  It is normal to feel the product in the skin or tissues for a few weeks or even a month or longer.  This usually resolves over time.

What medications should I take or avoid with my surgery?

You should not take any blood thinners or anti-inflammatory medications for a week before your procedure, and you should hold all over the counter supplements a week before your procedure.  This will help reduce the risk of bruising.  If blood thinners are prescribed for you by your cardiologist or primary care physician, you should get clearance from them to hold these medications before they are discontinued.   Make sure that you bring all of your medications with you to your consultation.

What are the risks?

The risks of facial fillers includes bleeding, infection, scarring, bruising, loss of vision, vessel occlusion, skin necrosis, visibility/palpability of the product, granulomas, nerve/vessel/muscle injury, unknown risks of long term use, the fact that it is not permanent, asymmetry, poor cosmesis, need for further intervention, cardiac/pulmonary/stroke events, death, etc.