What you should know about wrinkle fillers
Oswald Lightsey Mikell
Injectable wrinkle fillers can give you a more youthful look for a fraction of what a traditional facelift costs. Most will fill lines and wrinkles in less than 30 minutes with results that can last from four months to more than a year.
Wrinkle fillers can also be used as "volumizers," plumping and lifting cheeks, filling out thin lips and plumping sagging hands.
Q: What exactly are fillers?
A: Fillers are manufactured products or material from your body that are injected to temporarily erase wrinkles. These treatments are performed almost exclusively by physicians and sometimes by mid-level providers such as physician assistants and nurse practitioners.
Q: What are the different fillers and basically what do they achieve?
A: There are a number of different fillers available. Here's a quick rundown:
Q: How long will the results last?
A: It all depends on the person and the type of filler. Typically, Botox will last three to six months, Sculptra can last up to two years, Restylane up to six months, and 12 to 18 months with Radiesse.
Q: Are these procedures painful and is there any anesthesia administered?
A: Discomfort is typically mild, and a topical or local anesthetic can be administered.
A: You can go home the same day, but sometimes there is some local bruising for five to seven days and swelling for three to seven days.
To learn more about fillers and what course of action is best for you, call a dermatologist and schedule a consultation.
Dr. Oswald Lightsey Mikell, certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, is the owner of Dermatology Associates of the Lowcountry.