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Fat And Collagen Injections
Darrick E. Antell, M.D., F.A.C.S.850 Park Avenue, New York, New York 10075

DERMAL FILLERS AND COSMETIC INJECTIONS (INJECTABLE FILLER)

Top New York plastic surgeon Dr. Darrick Antell is board certified in plastic surgery, emphasizing aesthetic / cosmetic surgery. Two of the plastic surgery procedures he performs dermal fillers and cosmetic injectables.

Soft-tissue fillers, such as Juvederm and Restylane, can help fill in lines and creases, temporarily restoring a more youthful-looking appearance. If you are considering soft-tissue fillers, this section will give you a basic understanding of the procedure.

Considering Dermal Fillers and Cosmetic Injectables

As we age, our faces begin to show the effects of gravity, sun exposure and years of facial muscle movement, such as smiling, chewing, and squinting. The underlying tissues that keep our skin looking youthful and plumped up begin to break down, often leaving laugh lines, smile lines, crow's feet, or facial creases over the areas where this muscle movement occurs.

Soft-tissue fillers, most commonly dermal fillers and cosmetic injectables, can help fill in these lines and creases, temporarily restoring a smoother, more youthful looking appearance. When injected beneath the skin, these fillers plump up creased and sunken areas of the face. They can also add fullness to the lips and cheeks. Injectable fillers may be used alone or in conjunction with a resurfacing procedure, such as a laser treatment, or a recontouring procedure, such as a facelift.

If you're considering a facial-rejuvenation treatment with dermal fillers or cosmetic injectables, this brochure will give you a basic understanding of the procedure — when injectables can help, how the procedure is performed, and what results you can expect. It may not answer all of your questions, because a lot depends on your individual circumstances. Please ask your doctor if there is anything about the procedure you don't understand.

Knowing your options with Dermal Fillers or Cosmetic Injectables

Dermal fillers and cosmetic injectables are primarily used to improve the appearance of the skin's texture. They can help fill out deep facial wrinkles, creases and furrows, "sunken" cheeks, skin depressions, and some types of scars. They can also be used to add a fuller, more sensuous look to the lips.

Injectables are usually not sufficient for severe surface wrinkles on the face, such as multiple vertical "lipstick lines" that sometimes form around the mouth. Instead, your plastic surgeon may suggest a resurfacing technique, such as chemical peel, dermabrasion, or laser treatments. Rather than filling in facial lines, resurfacing methods strip away the outer layers of the skin to produce a smoother appearance.

Deep folds in the face or brow caused by overactive muscles or by loose skin may be more effectively treated with cosmetic surgery, such as a facelift or browlift. Injectables are sometimes used in conjunction with facial surgery procedures; however, injectables alone cannot change facial contour the way surgery can.

Keep in mind that a plastic surgeon is a specialist that can offer you the full gamut of the most advanced treatments ranging from cosmetic surgery, refinishing techniques, laser therapy, injectables, and the use of other fillers. You and your surgeon may determine that a single procedure or a combination of procedures is the best choice for you.

American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) brochures are available on chemical peel, dermabrasion, laser treatments, facelift, and browlift. If you and your doctor think that one of these other procedures might be more appropriate for you, ask your plastic surgeon to provide you with a copy.

What to expect from treatment from Dermal Fillers and Cosmetic Injectables

The most important fact to remember about injectable fillers is that the results are not permanent. Injected material is eventually metabolized by the body. You should not expect the same long-lasting results that may be gained from cosmetic surgery.

In some individuals, the results may last a few months; in others, the results may be maintained indefinitely. Researchers believe that age, genetic background, skin quality, and lifestyle as well as the injected body site may all play a role in the injected material's "staying power." However, the precise reason for the variation of results among patients has yet to be identified.*

Some individuals' bodies are more receptive to one substance than the other. Sometimes one substance may work better than the other for a specific problem.

Risks related to Dermal Fillers and Cosmetic Injectables

When injectables are administered by a qualified plastic surgeon, complications are infrequent and usually minor in nature. Still, individuals vary greatly in their anatomy, their physical reactions and their healing abilities. The outcome of treatment with injectables is never completely predictable.

Risks not necessarily related to allergies include infection, abscesses, open sores, skin peeling, scarring, and lumpiness, which may persist over the treated area. Reports of these problems are very rare.

Fat: Allergic reaction is not a factor for fat because it's harvested from a patient's own body. However, there is still a small risk of infection and other infrequent complications.

Planning for Dermal Fillers or Cosmetic Injectables

Facial rejuvenation is very individualized. That's why it's important to discuss your hopes and expectations with a board-certified plastic surgeon who has experience with many different types of surgical and non-surgical facial procedures.

In your initial consultation, your plastic surgeon will evaluate your face — the skin, the muscles and the underlying bone — and discuss your goals for the surgery. Your doctor will help you select a treatment option based on your goals and concerns, your anatomy, and your lifestyle.

Your surgeon will ask you about your medical history, drug allergies, and check for conditions that could cause problems, such as active skin infections or non-healed sores from injuries. Dermal fillers or cosmetic injectables are generally off limits for pregnant women, individuals who are allergic to beef or bovine products, patients who suffer from autoimmune diseases, and those who are allergic to lidocaine (the anesthetic agent contained in the syringe with the collagen material). For more specific information about the contraindications and risks of dermal fillers or cosmetic injectables, ask your doctor for the manufacturer's brochure for patients.

Insurance usually doesn't cover cosmetic procedures. However, if your injectable treatment is being performed to treat a scar or indentation from an accident or injury, you may be reimbursed for a portion of the cost. Check with your insurance carrier to be sure.

Where your Dermal Fillers or Cosmetic Injectables will be performed

Injectables are usually administered in a surgeon's office-based facility. If, however, you are being hospitalized for a facelift, necklift, browlift, or any other procedure, your injections may be administered in the hospital as well.

Where your Collagen or Fat Injections will be performed

Injectables are usually administered in a surgeon's office-based facility. If, however, you are being hospitalized for a facelift, necklift, browlift, or any other procedure, your injections may be administered in the hospital as well.

Types of anesthesia for Dermal Fillers or Cosmetic Injectables

Fat: Both the donor and recipient sites are numbed with local anesthesia. Sedation can be used as well. If you elect to use sedation, be sure to arrange for a ride home after your treatment.

The Dermal Fillers or Cosmetic Injectables Treatments

Fat Injection: The fat-injection procedure is known as autologous fat transplantation or microlipoinjection. It involves extracting fat cells from the patient's abdomen, thighs, buttocks or elsewhere and re-injecting them beneath the facial skin. Fat is most often used to fill in "sunken" cheeks or laugh lines between the nose and mouth, to correct skin depressions or indentations, to minimize forehead wrinkles and to enhance the lips.

The Procedure: After both the donor and recipient sites are cleansed and treated with a local anesthesia, the fat is withdrawn using a syringe with a large-bore needle or a cannula (the same instrument used in liposuction) attached to a suction device. The fat is then prepared and injected into the recipient site with a needle. Sometimes an adhesive bandage is applied over the injection site.
As with collagen, "overfilling" is necessary to allow for fat absorption in the weeks following treatment. When fat is used to fill sunken cheeks or to correct areas on the face other than lines, this overcorrection of newly injected fat may temporarily make the face appear abnormally puffed out or swollen.

After Treatment: If a larger area was treated, you may be advised to curtail your activity for a brief time. However, many patients are able to resume normal activity immediately. You can expect some swelling, bruising, or redness in both the donor and recipient sites. The severity of these symptoms depends upon the size and location of the treated area. You should stay out of the sun until the redness and bruising subsides—usually about 48 hours. In the meantime, you may use makeup with sunblock protection to help conceal your condition.

The swelling and puffiness in the recipient site may last several weeks, especially if a large area was filled.

Results: The duration of the fat injections varies significantly from patient to patient. Though some patients have reported results lasting a year or more, the majority of patients find that at least half of the injected fullness disappears within 3-6 months. Therefore, repeated injections may be necessary. Your doctor will advise you on how to maintain your results with repeat treatments.

Your doctor can help you determine how long you can go between treatments to best maintain your results.

Your new look after Dermal Fillers or Cosmetic Injectables

If you're like most patients, you'll be very satisfied with the results of your injectable treatments. You may be surprised at the pleasing results that can be gained from this procedure.*

How to get started?

Dr. Darrick E. Antell and his staff will be happy to discuss Fat & Collagen Injections (Injectable Filler) with you.  Please call for a private consultation or schedule an appointment online at our office.

 

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* Patients individual results may vary.
  • From initial interviews to surgery completion I was totally satisfied with the results. As a result I trust Dr. Antell and his procedures. When and if I plan further surgery I will return with full confidence to Dr. Antell and his friendly competent staff.
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