According to the figures published by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ASPS), dermal filler injections are the second most popular cosmetic skin care injectable procedure in the US. A wide range of FDA approved dermal fillers are available today, but the procedure to perform each treatment broadly remains very similar.
At the time of initial consultation, the treatment provider will explain to the patient the steps involved in the procedure. Judicious dermatologist Dr. Steven Zimmet provides dermal filler injections to patients in Austin, TX, and other cities and communities in this part of West Texas.
Preparing for the Treatment
As a first step, the dermatologist will determine the patient’s candidacy for facial rejuvenation with dermal fillers. The right type of filler injections and a customized injection plan will be created to match with the patient’s unique needs. The dermatologist will give a few instructions to the patient such as refraining from smoking and avoiding blood thinners or anti-inflammatory drugs for a certain time period prior to the injections.
Although the first choice of the dermatologist will be to provide non-animal dermal filler injections, which do not require prior allergy testing, but if the patient has a history of skin allergies, a skin allergy test may be ordered before the treatment. The patient should avoid wearing makeup when they visit for their filler injection appointment. After the treatment, they can resume their makeup and skin care routine as per the provider’s advice.
The dermatology office will typically receive the dermal filler injections packed in a sterile, ready to use syringe form. The size of the needles for the procedure will differ according to the type of dermal filler gel to be injected. Fillers with a smooth gel consistency can be administered using thinner needles and the provider will apply less pressure to deliver the gel to the deeper skin layers.
Before the filler injectable treatment is started, the provider will numb the targeted area of the face with a topical anesthetic cream. Depending on the patient’s condition and the amount of correction required, the filler gel will be injected into the mid to deep dermis. The entire injection procedure can usually be completed in about 20 to 30 minutes.
Patients in Austin, TX, and nearby areas have an opportunity to receive remarkable, poignant, and effective dermal filler facial treatments and various other minimally invasive or non-invasive cosmetic procedures from experienced dermatologist Dr. Zimmet.
Retreatment and Recovery
The patient should avoid rubbing or massaging the treated area for a day or two after the injection treatment. They should also avoid sun, wind, and environmental exposure for about two weeks after the injections. The patient should wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and avoid makeup products that include alcohol.
In a few cases, follow up filler treatments may be recommend, particularly where some of the facial wrinkles were missed the first time. Advanced fillers such as Sculptra Aesthetic may require a series of three treatments planned in advance. The results of an average hyaluronic acid based dermal filler injectable treatment may last for about six months to a year.