Learn more about treatment options for aging skin.
As people age, the natural loss of the skin’s collagen,
hyaluronic acid and elasticity results in wrinkles and a loss of fullness in
the face, especially around the eyes, mouth, cheeks, jaw line, brow and nose.
The injection of soft-tissue fillers (e.g., Juvederm, Radiesse, Restylane,
Sculptra, Belotero) into these areas can temporarily improve the skin’s
appearance. This procedure is minimally invasive.
During the procedure, your doctor will mark injection points
on your face before cleansing it with an anti-bacterial agent. A topical
numbing agent, ice or a local anesthesia is applied to keep you comfortable
during the injections. The filler – usually a form of hyaluronic acid or a
collagen-stimulating chemical – is injected with a very small needle. Some
patients experience stinging or burning as the filler is injected.
Some patients may require a series of treatment session to
achieve desired results.
Why choose soft-tissue fillers for aging skin
Soft-tissue filler therapy can be used to:
- Plump lips.
- Elevate and fill deep folds.
- Fill shallow contours, such as sunken cheeks.
- Soften and smooth wrinkles and creases.
- Improve the appearance of scars and imperfections.
- Improve aging hands.
| Before (left) and after (after) Sculptra to the full face.
Photos courtesy of Rebecca Fitzgerald, MD - Los Angeles, California
|Before (left) and after (after) Sculptra to the full face.
Photo courtesy of Rebecca Fitzgerald, MD - Los Angeles, California
All medical procedures carry some risk. In the past, the
most widely used soft-tissue fillers were based on collagen and sometimes
required allergy testing prior to treatment. A newer class of hyaluronic acid
fillers is based on a sugar found naturally in human skin. Allergic reaction is
extremely rare for these fillers. Your ASDS dermatologist will discuss what filler
will work best to fulfill your personal goals.
The average cost for soft-tissue filler therapy is between
$550 and $1,100 depending on the type of filler used. Since most medical
insurance companies consider soft-tissue fillers a cosmetic procedure, it
usually is not covered.
How to prepare for the procedure
Before the procedure, an ASDS dermatologist will review the
patient’s medical history. This is the time for the doctor and patient to
discuss expectations, potential risks and outcomes of the procedure. You should
tell your doctor if you use or have recently taken:
- Prescription medicines
- Over-the-counter medicines
- Herbal supplements
What to expect after the procedure
Patients may experience one or more of the following
reactions at the injection sites:
- Bruising, which may last up to a week
All soft-tissue fillers are temporary, lasting anywhere from
six months to two years, depending on the filler and type of procedure. Some
patients require maintenance treatments to achieve the best results.
Find a doctor for your aging skin treatment
Visit “Find a dermatologic surgeon” and choose “Soft-tissue
Fillers” from the dropdown menu. In 2013, ASDS dermatologists performed nearly 995,000 soft-tissue
filler procedures, up from 916,000 in 2012. Because ASDS dermatologists are trained in a variety of the best
and latest techniques, they are the most qualified to evaluate and select the
best treatment choice based on the individual patient’s condition.