Are you thinking of having injectable fillers?
The most common filling material used in plastic surgery and beautifying procedures is hyaluronan (hyaluronic acid) which is a natural material to be found for example in cartilage. The material is resilient in different stages depending on its estimated usage. It is injected into the skin in a certain depth under wrinkles or dents in the skin to straighten them out or make them shallower than before. The material is placed a little deeper in lips to enlarge them. The body destroys the material in a certain period of time so that the effects are not permanent. It is common for the material to last for about a year, max two years. Occasionally, it gets destroyed faster or in a few months.
Are injectable fillers the right solution for you?
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Shallow wrinkles can disappear completely after usage of but deeper wrinkles become shallower and become less visible. When the material is added to lips the results should be according to your ideas of treatment whereas the patient is awake while the operation takes place and can decide for her or himself the magnitude of the filling. The filling disintegrates in time and the effects of the treatments wear out in a certain time, often around one year – maximum two years, however the effects sometimes only last for a few months. The filling last longer under wrinkles than in the lips.
It is possible to use permanent injectable fillers if you like the change but feel that the effects do not last long enough. The fillers are injected once or twice to avoid too much of it being used. You also need to realize the effects that you are hoping for whereas it is difficult to reduce the quantity of the filler except with a surgery.
The risk of using hyaluronic acid is close to nonexistent. Allergic reactions are practically unknown and infections very rare as the material is injected and no surgery is performed. Also, the alteration is not permanent but withers away after some time as mentioned before. It is important to be more careful when using the permanent fillers as it does not disappear and it cannot only be removed with surgery, if you want to get rid of it later. It is right important to mention that a antibiotics is given to the patient as a preventive measure when a permanent fillers are used. It is possible to inject the hyaluronic acid without anesthesia and that is sometimes the case. However, it is most common to use a local anesthesia for the areas that are about to be treated, such as lips or forehead. General anesthesia is not necessary.
It is important to have a clear picture of the expectation that you have before using injectable fillers such as hyaluronic acid. Most importantly though is to discuss your expectations with your plastic surgeon and ask all the questions that might be on your mind. Also, it is important to keep in mind that even though your expectations are met, the injections need to be take place regularly to maintain the results.