Dr. Steven Shoen utilizes a variety of filler agents to provide a more youthful appearance to a patient's face. Some fillers, such as Juvederm and Restylane are injected at facial creases to reduce their depth. Voluma is a filler agent injected alongthe surface of the cheek bones to lessen cheek hollowing, a typical age related facial change.
How do filler agents work?
Each of the filler agents used is a biodegradable material produced in a laboratory. The filler is injected at creases or area of hollowing where it provides needed soft tissue bulk. The filler is eventually degraded and may then be re-injected. Restylane is reported to last approximately eight months while Juvederm may last as long as one year. Voluma is reported to last eighteen months.
What are the risks and side effects of filler agent injection?
Filler agents tend to be quite safe. There are occasional reports of allergic reaction. Complications such as infection occur rarely. Following treatment the patient may note small bumps which ordinarily soften over the first one to two weeks. Temporary black and blue discoloration is sometimes noted at an injection site, particularly in patients who are medicated with blood thinners.
Can Filler agents be combined with Botox?
Filler injections may given together with injections of Botox. The two agents are compatible.
Are filler injection procedures painful?
Dr. Shoen prefers to inject numbing medicine at specific sites on the face to lessen discomfort when fillers are being injected. Some of the filler agents are mixed with lidocaine to numb the injection sites.