Injectable Filler Treatments Can Help Smooth Out Wrinkles

University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio, specializes in injectable fillers, including Botox, Restylane, Juvederm, Radiesse, Sculptra, collagen and body fat for cosmetic purposes.

Injectable fillers, also called soft-tissue augmentation, are a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure performed to correct wrinkles, depressions in the skin, and/or scarring. The procedure involves injecting a substance into the skin in order to plump or fill the area being treated.

The result of the procedure is usually not permanent and touch-up injections may be needed every three to 24 months, depending on the type of injected materials. For some, however, collagen injections can stimulate the body's own production of collagen, lengthening the time necessary between follow-up injections.

Botox Injections Flatten Wrinkles

Botox is a highly diluted purified form of the botulinum toxin. When injected into the muscle, Botox temporarily reduces the ability of the underlying muscle to contract and crease the skin. In doing so, Botox flattens wrinkles.

Because the effects of Botox are temporary, surgeons recommend Botox injections every three to four months, after a thorough physician evaluation and consultation.

About half of the patients at are in and out in a short time when receiving Botox. Some patients prefer to receive a numbing cream before getting the injection, thus the appointment may take up to one hour.

Injectable Fillers Result in Younger-Looking Skin

To boost younger looking skin, doctors use synthetic injectable fillers, including:

  • Restylane (hyaluronic acid)
  • Juvederm (hyaluronic acid)
  • Radiesse (calcium hydroxylapatite)
  • Sculptra (poly-L-lactic acid)

We recommend injectable fillers every six to 12 months. It is important to establish a relationship with a knowledgeable doctor prior to receiving an injectable filler to avoid any serious reaction such as a skin allergy.

Injectable Collagen Treats Lines and Wrinkles

Similar to collagen, a natural protein found in humans, injectable collagen gives support and structure to skin, bones, ligaments, and other body parts.

Collagen-related fillers from tissue donors or self-donated are generally utilized to treat wrinkles, scars, and facial lines.

Injectable Fat Corrects Skin Defects

Injecting one's own fat to correct skin defects is called microlipoinjection. It includes the transfer or recycling of fat from one body area to another allowing the surgeon to recontour the skin. With a tiny needle, the fat is extracted and then re-injected into the selected site. This is often a favored treatment choice among surgeons since it involves the use of the patient’s fat, reducing the risk of allergic reactions.

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