(Soft Tissue Filler; Injectable Filler)
Reasons for Procedure
- Fill wrinkle lines
- Plump lips
- Improve the appearance of scars by plumping and smoothing skin
- Allergic reaction
- Bumps, clumping, or abscesses on the skin
- Uneven skin appearance
- Skin rash, itchiness
- Bleeding, bruising, or swelling
- Damage to tissue and nerves near the injection site
- Taking blood-thinning medicines
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Examine, measure, and take pictures of your face
- Discuss known allergies
- Discuss medicines, supplements, and skin products you are using
- Test your skin for allergies
- Discuss risks and benefits of the procedure
- You will sign an informed consent form.
- You may be asked to avoid aspirin and other blood-thinning medicines.
- All makeup will need to be removed before the procedure.
Description of the Procedure
- Serial puncture technique—The doctor will make a series of small punctures with the needle along the targeted area and insert small amounts of collagen at each puncture site.
- Linear threading or fanning technique—The doctor will insert the needle into the full length of the targeted area and inject the collagen slowly as the needle is removed or inserted.
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
- Cleanse your face
- Apply ice and/or a soothing ointment
- Take pain medicines as directed.
- Ice the affected area as directed to reduce swelling. Swelling should go down within hours or a few days.
- Do not touch the injected area.
- You may put on makeup without touching the affected area.
- Be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions.
Call Your Doctor
- Increased pain, redness, bleeding, discharge, or swelling
- Rash or hives
- Uneven skin appearance
- Any other concerns
American Society of Plastic Surgeons http://www.plasticsurgery.org
American Academy of Dermatology http://www.aad.org
Canadian Dermatology Association http://www.dermatology.ca
Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons http://www.plasticsurgery.ca
Dermal fillers. American Society of Plastic Surgeons website. Available at: http://www.plasticsurgery.org/Patients%5Fand%5FConsumers/Procedures/Cosmetic%5FProcedures/Injectable%5FFillers.html . Accessed February 8, 2013.
Fillers. American Society of Dermatology website. Available at: http://www.aad.org/public/publications/pamphlets/cosmetic%5Fsofttissue.html . Accessed February 8, 2013.
Filler materials and general injection technique. In: Bolognia JL, Jorizzo JL, Rapini RP, eds. Dermatology . 2nd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Mosby Elsevier; 2008: chap 158.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 09/2013 -
- Update Date: 09/30/2013 -