As we age, our facial fat and tissue tends to thin out. Our skin also slows down its production of collagen and elastin, the proteins that make our skin soft, firm and resilient. Injectable fillers can restore lost volume in the face to minimize deep creases and lift sagging features.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jennifer Harrington believes that no two people have exactly the same needs when it comes to facial rejuvenation. That’s why she takes the time during each consultation to understand your specific cosmetic concerns and develop the right approach to help you address your goals.
Harrington + Associates Plastic Surgery has helped women and men from throughout the Minneapolis-St. Paul area feel more confident about their appearances with dermal fillers. Contact us online or call our Plymouth office today at 651-290-7600 for more information about injectable fillers, including pricing.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Injectable Fillers?
Women and men of almost any age can be great candidates for facial fillers. Some of the most common reasons to consider injectables include:
- Deep creases in the nasolabial folds create an aged look
- You wish to get rid of laugh lines
- Thin or wrinkled lips detract from your appearance
- A sagging brow or sunken cheeks make you appear tired or old
- You have deep facial wrinkles or sagging skin
- Your facial features are asymmetrical
Types of Facial Fillers
A wide variety of injectable fillers are available for people interested in facial enhancement. During your consultation, Dr. Harrington will help you understand the advantages of each type of filler and make a recommendation based on your needs. The most popular dermal fillers are listed below.
Also known as the 5-year filler, Bellafill® is the first FDA-approved dermal filler that delivers results lasting up to 5 years. This wrinkle and scar filler is made with polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) collagen, creating a tissue matrix that supports blood vessels and collagen production in the skin. Bellafill® is most commonly used to improve deep creases in the nasolabial folds, also known as smile lines.
BELOTERO® Balance is a hyaluronic acid (HA) based filler used for smoothing fine lines etched into the skin. This gentle, cohesive gel fills in fine lines instantly and is most commonly used for vertical lip lines and smile lines. BELOTERO® Balance typically lasts from 4 to 8 months.
JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC
VOLUMA® XC is an injectable filler that can correct loss of volume in the mid-face. VOLUMA® XC can produce what is known as a “liquid facelift,” a technique of lifting and restoring the facial features without surgery. VOLUMA® XC is made with hyaluronic acid and can last for up to 2 years.
RADIESSE® is a long-lasting dermal filler made of calcium-based microspheres suspended in a water-based gel. This unique formulation combines the immediate benefits of a temporary dermal filler with natural collagen stimulation for continued, long-term improvement.
Restylane® fillers come in a variety of types, including Restylane® Silk and Restylane® Lyft. Restylane® is made with clear hyaluronic acid and can be used as a cheek filler and a wrinkle filler. Restylane® products are also popular options for men and women with under-eye bags, as well as patients interested in lip augmentation. Restylane® fillers can last for up to 1 year.
Your Injectable Filler Treatment
All facial filler injections are performed by our certified physician assistants. Before your treatment, your injector may apply a topical numbing cream to minimize any discomfort, although most patients report that they are very comfortable during the entire procedure. The product is then injected into the specific areas of concern. The exact number of injections and length of the procedure depends upon your needs. Some fillers, such as Bellafill®, are usually injected over two separate appointments for the best results.
Depending on your cosmetic goals, Dr. Harrington may suggest additional treatments to complement your facial filler results. BOTOX® Cosmetic is commonly used in conjunction with injectable fillers to treat crow’s feet or frown lines. Many people also choose skin rejuvenation treatments, such as SkinPen®, to stimulate additional collagen production and achieve a smoother complexion.
Dermal Filler Downtime
Injectable fillers are noninvasive treatments that require no downtime. However, you should avoid rubbing or massaging the treated area for at least 24 hours after your appointment. You may experience some mild redness, swelling or bruising, which should fade over the coming days and can easily be concealed with makeup.
Depending on the type of filler used, your results may take into effect immediately or they may develop over the following week. Many men and women schedule routine touchups to maintain their results.
It’s important to discuss any risks or complications associated with the filler of your choosing with Dr. Harrington or her staff prior to your treatment. If you notice any severe bruising or swelling, notify our office.
Injectable dermal fillers can fill in fine lines or deep wrinkles, restore lost facial volume and correct facial asymmetry. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact us online or call our Plymouth office at 651-290-7600 to schedule your injectable filler consultation and learn more about how to enhance your natural appearance.