Overview: Injectable Fillers

Dr. Craig Jonov proudly offers Seattle area patients the latest advancements in injectable fillers for those desiring a nonsurgical facial rejuvenation. Due to weight loss and aging, the face naturally loses some of its laxity and volume. This results in facial hollowness, fine lines, and shadowy crevices. An injectable filler adds volume under the skin to create a smoother, younger appearance on the surface. Dr. Jonov uses Radiesse® and Juvederm® to provide effective and lasting results for patients. Injectable fillers, when combined with other anti-aging treatments, such as BOTOX®, have been labeled the “liquid facelift” of our time.

Types of Dermal Fillers

The market for injectable fillers exploded over the last decade; offering numerous options and brands for patients to consider.

Fat Transfer
A fat transfer is a process that takes fat from one body part and directly transfers it to an area of the face with lost volume. This type of filler offers good results, but may not last as long because the body will naturally absorb some of the injected fat.

Collagen
Collagen is a protein made up of amino-acids. It can be derived from the human body or animals (known as bovine collagen). Collagen feels very natural when injected. It is commonly used in the lips for lip augmentation.

Calcium Hydroxyapatite
Calcium hydroxyapatite is a substance found naturally in human bones. It is a mineral-like compound and one of the heavier derma fillers. This particular filler treatment is generally used for deep crevices and creases.

Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance that exists in the human body. It can be found in connective and skin tissue and cartilage. Hyaluronic acid is extracted, reformulated and then offered as a derma filler. It is a popular choice because of its compatibility.

Polylactic Acid
Polylactic acid is a synthetic substance created and used as a filler. This particular substance works differently than the other fillers because, once injected, it stimulates collagen production. Therefore, results appear gradually over time.

PMMA
The primary semi-permanent filler on the market today is polymethylmethacrylate fillers (PMMA). This filler contains a low concentration of microspheres suspended in a larger amount of purified collagen gel. PMMA is more solid and heavier than most other fillers. It is used for deep wrinkles, deep contours and crevices, and is sometimes used as a permanent implant during reconstructive surgery.

Questions about Injectable Fillers

Are Fillers Safe?
All injectable fillers on the market today are FDA-approved and safe to use. It is important to discuss the differences between each filler treatment to decide the best choice for you.

Long-Lasting Results?
The results of each injectable filler treatment will vary. On average, most last between 3 months and a full year. Restylane, Juvederm and Perlane are among some of the most common fillers and usually last 6 months or longer. Fat injections last the shortest amount of time because a portion will reabsorb into the body within several months.

Fillers vs. BOTOX?
Injectable fillers add volume to smooth the skin’s surface and decrease wrinkles. BOTOX, Dysport and Xeomin offer a result that looks and acts similar, but with a different approach. These treatments use a neurotoxic agent injected into the skin to temporarily freeze overactive muscles causing wrinkles. When the muscles relax, the visible wrinkles on the outer layer of the skin relax and soften, resulting in a smoother, younger appearance.

During/After Injectable Fillers

Prior to treatment, the practitioner will assess various aspects of the face and make marks directly on the skin to note the injection sites. They will clean the face and apply a local anesthetic to numb the top layer of skin. Using a syringe with a fine needle, the practitioner will inject the filler into the marked areas until the achievement of desired fullness. Most patients are pleased with their results. While this varies by filler product, most produce results lasting from 3 months to a full year.

Average Cost

$500 – $1,500

Recovery Time

1-2 Days

Average Procedure Time

30 Minutes

Location

Lynnwood, Kirkland & Bellevue, WA

I have been coming to this facility once every month or so for facial treatments and injectables, and the staff is great. Everyone in the facility is friendly and helpful, and the Dr. is very skilled at making the best suggestions to enhance my appearance and stay within my budgetary and recovery needs.

CherylI highly recommend them!

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