Types of Fillers
At your initial consultation, Dr. Lanfranchi will orient you on the kinds of fillers available, and help you decide which dermal filler is best suited to your needs. Two of the more popular choices are collagen and hyaluronic acid, although Dr. Lanfranchi recommends the latter as the safer option.
Hyaluronic Acid is a transparent biodegradable gel, and is also a natural substance found in the body. Hyaluronan is not a protein – it is made up of long chains of sugar molecules called polysaccharides – thereby causing fewer allergic reactions. Hyaluronic acid corrects fine or heavier lines and is best for filling out the lips. It is also appropriate for most surface wrinkles and concave scars. Hyaluronic acid fillers offer immediate visible results which normally last 6-8 months or longer.
After Dr. Lanfranchi has carefully examined the target areas, strategic points are marked as guides or injection sites for the filler. These sites are then cleansed with an antibacterial agent, and a topical numbing agent may be applied to put more sensitive patients at ease. After the fillers are injected, the markings are washed and creams are given to soothe any minor discomfort. You may experience mild swelling or bruising, temporary numbness or redness, or an “over-filled” appearance in the treated areas. However, these are temporary and will disappear within a few hours.
Risks and Side Effects.
Complications resulting from dermal filler injections are fairly uncommon, but there have been instances where the following were observed:
•Infection at the injection site
•Acne-like skin eruptions
•Bleeding, bruising and swelling
•Skin rash, itching and redness
Should complications occur, Dr. Lanfranchi will prescribe the necessary remedies to address these.
For more information about this procedure, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lanfranchi, please contact us.