Dermal Fillers are designed to fill depressions caused by loss of collagen which we all experience over time. Botox and dermal fillers are very often used in combination with each other during the same treatment. The combination of the two can actually achieve the best results.
As we age, collagen, the protein scaffolding that maintains skin firmness, gradually disappears and the dermis loses moisture. While Cosmetic Botox is the treatment of choice for dynamic wrinkles of the upper face, dermal fillers add volume that time has taken away. The process, known as soft tissue augmentation, uses injectable filler materials to treat fine to deep wrinkles, nasolabial folds, smile lines, oral commissures, and scars. In addition, lips can be augmented and the face can be contoured. Lips, temples, cheeks, marionette lines, periorbital can be treated with fillers.
There are many fillers available now, but the most popular are hyaluronic acid dermal fillers. They are designed to naturally fill depressions and lines associated with the loss of collagen that we experience over time.
Dr. Pascoe has extensive training and is adept at injecting with both small needles and cannulas. A topical anesthetic may be applied to make the procedure as comfortable as possible.
Depending on the area treated and the amount of product injected, the results typically last up to 2 years. The discomfort is minimal. The product contains lidocaine which minimizes any pain associated with the procedure. Topical anesthetic or ice applied to the area can be used to further minimize discomfort.
Temporary redness and minor bruising are possible side effects. Avoiding ASA, Ibuprofen, and Omega fatty acids for 4 days prior to treatment will minimize this risk. With any injection, there is always a risk of infection or intravascular complication. It is important to select an injector who is experienced and trained in the treatment of these very rare but possible complications.
An initial consultation is necessary to first outline the treatment. Depending on the area to be treated, the procedure will take 45 – 60 minutes. We will take the time to discuss your questions and explain possible treatment options to you. We can help you decide if aesthetic procedures are right for you. If they are, we can formulate a plan that you feel comfortable with. If you desire, we may be able to arrange the treatment to be on the same day.
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