Dermal Filler How it Works According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, injectable dermal fillers help diminish facial lines and restore volume and fullness in the face. This minimally invasive procedure has been known to help plump thin lips, enhance shallow contours, soften facial creases, remove wrinkles and improve the appearance of recessed scars by injecting fillers into the face with a needle. What to Expect Treatments typically take 15-60 minutes, depending on number of treatment areas. The continued aging of your face and variables in the absorption of fillers will affect how long your results last, but typically, you can expect results to last about 6 months to a year or so.Pain level is easily tolerable as most fillers contain Lidocaine; however, we also use other forms of anesthesia to provide patient comfort. Dermal filler injections may also be performed using a Microcannula which is a thin, flexible, and blunt tip cannula that reduces the risk of bruising and swelling. Complications from dermal fillers are uncommon. Potential risks vary depending on the specific filler used and include: Acne-like skin eruptionsAsymmetryBruisingBleeding from the injection siteSwellingLumpsInfection at the injection siteSkin rash with itchingSkin rednessUnder or over-correction of wrinkles Please inform your provider if you have any of the following: Pregnant or breastfeedingHave recently used drugs that thin the blood or prevent clottingHave had allergic reactions to microorganisms known as gram-positive bacteriaHave had serious allergic reactions to drugs that have previously required in-hospital treatmentHave bleeding disordersHave a known allergy to Lidocaine After Treatment Avoid applying pressure or touching the treated area for six (6) hours after the procedure. The area can then be gently washed with a cleanser and water. Avoid vigorous scrubs, exfoliation or facial treatment in the area of treatment for 72 hours. Avoid Microdermabrasion or Vibradermabrasion for 72 hours after cosmetic dermal fillers. Avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight or UV/tanning beds for 72 hours after the procedure. Avoid manipulation of the area following the injection unless specifically instructed otherwise by your healthcare practitioner. For pain/discomfort, use cool packs and over-the-counter analgesics (Acetaminophen, Tylenol). Oral or topical Arnica Montana, an herbal supplement, may help with reducing swelling caused by cosmetic treatments. DO NOT take Arnica Montana if you have liver or kidney problems. Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Advil, St. John's Wort, oral Vitamin E, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) may promote the risk of bruising and bleeding in the injection area. If you are prone to cold sores (oral herpes simplex), take your prescribed medication (Famvir, Famciclovir, Valtrex, Valacyclovir, Acyclovir) as prescribed for the 24 hours after your treatment. If signs and symptoms of infection persist (warmth at the site of injection, discharge/pus, pain/discomfort) or if you develop a fever, please contact our office so our staff may assist you.