At Castellano Cosmetic Surgery Center in Tampa, there are many injectable fillers available that can help our patients look younger and more refreshed. With all the options on the market today, you are sure to find a product that can help you achieve smoother skin.
Request a free consultation at our practice to meet with Dr. Joseph J. Castellano and learn more about whether injectable fillers may be right for you. Dr. Castellano knows exactly how important is to look and feel confident in everything that you do.
When a Filler Is Right
Injectable fillers can reduce some signs of aging such as wrinkles below the mouth and “parentheses” lines around the mouth. Patients should maintain a realistic expectation regarding the outcome of these procedures, however. Although injectables can make a big difference, all will deliver only temporary results and will require repeated injections in order to maintain the results. Additional signs of aging such as loose skin and sagging facial muscles will not be improved through the use of injectable fillers.
What to Expect
Dr. Castellano will first numb the injection site with a topical anesthetic. Then, the filler will be injected under the skin. Larger areas may take a little longer to complete, but the average time spent administering an injectable is only about fifteen minutes.
There are several different injectable fillers available:
- A hyaluronic acid filler (brand names Restylane® and JUVÉDERM®) is another substance used as a filler and is naturally found in the skin. Although in its unaltered form it would break down quite easily, hyaluronic acid in these fillers is formulated using a special chemical process that ensures longer lasting results. Hyaluronic acid fillers can be used to fill in existing deep lines and wrinkles, or to plump up lips and other areas of the face.
- RADIESSE® is made of calcium hydroxylapatite, another substance that naturally exists in the body. RADIESSE® is unique because although it has inherent filling properties, it also stimulates the body’s natural collagen production at the site of injection. This allows for very natural-looking results. Results from RADIESSE® may last up to a year.
- Synthetic fillers such as Sculptra®, a man-made polymer, may also be used to diminish lines and wrinkles or add fullness to the face.
- Collagen is a natural substance found within the human body. It may be harvested from the patient and then injected into the desired area, or it may be taken from another source.
Results & Recovery
For most of our patients in Tampa, injectable fillers require virtually no recovery time. Dr. Castellano will instruct patients not to lie down for the first few hours, but for the most part, you should be able to resume your normal routine immediately. Results should be apparent within a week or two, depending on which filler was used.
All the fillers listed above are temporary, and will require ongoing maintenance injections in order to maintain your initial results. Some fillers last longer than others, so you may want to experiment to see if there’s one you prefer.
With Other Procedures
Injectable fillers may be combined with other outpatient procedures for a mini-makeover. BOTOX® Cosmetic can be used to treat different types of wrinkles on the face, particularly those occurring in the brow and eye areas. Skin treatments such as a chemical peel or laser resurfacing also may provide very complementary results to those achieved through injectables alone.