A Few FAQS About Dermal Fillers

What happens when one is treated with a dermal filler?

The procedure for filler treatment may vary based on a number of factors, including the type of filler used, the area being treated and the individual’s medical history. Before the filler is injected, the patient may be treated with ice, a topical anesthetic or a nerve block to prevent discomfort during the treatment. A stinging or burning sensation may be felt during the filler injection.  Most fillers will require several injections to achieve the desired outcome.

Most people can return to their regular routine immediately following filler treatment. Exercise and strenuous activity should be avoided until the next day; sun exposure and indoor tanning should always be avoided but especially after filler treatment.

How soon after treatment will I notice the results?

The results of most filler treatments are immediately visible and may last from months to years, especially when treatment is regularly touched up as the product begins to wear off. When done properly, filler treatments produce natural looking results and restore a more youthful, relaxed and refreshed appearance. Filler treatment can be repeated when the signs of aging reappear.

What are the possible side effects of filler treatments?

Dermal fillers have been used for many years and are one of the safest cosmetic treatments. Side effects from their use are usually minor and short lived. Common side effects from fillers include redness, swelling, tenderness and occasional bruising in the injected areas.

More serious side effects, such as infection, severe swelling, undesired lumps, or occlusion of a blood vessel can infrequently occur, even with treatment from an experienced injector. These complications are more likely to happen with an injector who does not have adequate medical training and experience. For this reason, the American Academy of Dermatology warns against receiving filler treatment in a non-medical setting such as a spa or salon, and recommends seeking treatment from an experienced dermatologist who is trained in filler usage.

Will my health insurance cover filler treatment?

Health insurance does not cover filler treatment.

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