Injectables and Fillers
Learn More about Wrinkle Treatment at Aurora Health Care
What are Injectables and Fillers?
Injectables and fillers are temporary, nonsurgical treatments for wrinkles, fine lines and other signs of aging on the face and neck. Injectables include botulinum toxin injections, and fillers include both natural and synthetic agents.
Injectable Wrinkle Treatments
The cosmetic form of botulinum toxin is a nonsurgical injection that can reduce or eliminate wrinkles, such as forehead creases, frown lines and crow’s feet from the eye and neck areas. These injections are temporary and will have to be repeated after a few months for a lasting effect. The brand names we use at Aurora Health Care include Botox Cosmetic, Dysport and Xeomin.
Some of the most common fillers we use at Aurora are hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxylapatite and poly-L-lactic acid.
Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in everyone’s body. For cosmetic procedures, it is used to fill creases and wrinkles on the face, leaving you with a more youthful appearance. At Aurora, the brand names we use include Juvéderm, Prevelle and Restylane.
Calcium hydroxylapatite is the heaviest of facial fillers. It’s a substance found in human bones, and it is used only to fill the deepest creases, such as nasolabial folds (the lines that form from the base of your nose to the corner of your mouth) and frown lines, or to enhance the fullness of your cheeks or facial contours. At Aurora, we use brands such as the filler Radiesse.
Poly-L-lactic acid is another type of filler. It’s a synthetic material, which means it’s not naturally found in the human body. When it is injected, it stimulates your body’s production of collagen, which can fill in winkles and lines on the face. It typically works best on lines in the lower half of your face, like laugh lines or nasolabial folds. Although the substance can be quite effective, it doesn’t produce immediate results such as other fillers do. After the injection, it will take up to a few months to see the most dramatic results, as the collagen production takes time. At Aurora, we use brands such as the filler Sculptra.
Fat injections use your own fat, removed from other places in your body, to fill lines and creases in your face. Fat injections are two-part procedures, because you will first have liposuction to extract the fat to be used, and then your surgeon will inject that fat into your face. Fat injections are favored by some people because the risk of allergic reaction is eliminated.
Why Consider Fillers or Injectables?
People consider injectables and fillers for many reasons. One of the primary benefits of injectables and fillers is that they don’t require surgery, thus they cost less than surgical procedures to treat wrinkles and other signs of aging on the face, and they don’t have the downtime associated with surgery.
If you'd like to restore a full, youthful appearance to your face or enhance your lips or facial contours, injectable wrinkle treatments, such as Botox, Dysport and Xeomin, and dermal fillers, such as Juvéderm, Perlane, Radiesse, Restylane and Sculptra, or fat injections using fat from your own body, may be the answer.
Many people choose injectables and fillers to treat facial creases and wrinkles that are so common with aging. Some people even call fillers “liquid facelifts,” because they can offer many of the benefits of a surgical facelift without the risk of surgery, longer recovery time and the cost.
How are Injectable or Filler Procedures Performed?
There are many types of injectables and fillers, and the exact procedures used vary. But, generally, the injectable and filler compounds are injected into the areas of your face you wish to treat. The basic steps include:
Consultation and Assessment
After consultation with your surgeon, he or she will examine the areas of your face you wish to treat and will decide which options are best to achieve your desired results.
On the day of the procedure, your surgeon will start by marking your face with guides for injecting the filler. Then he or she will clean your face with an antibacterial solution. Before the injections, a topical anesthetic may be applied to numb the area where the injections will occur. The injections will take only a few minutes (seconds per injection site), and then your face will be cleaned, removing the guide marks. Finally, you will be offered an ice pack to reduce any discomfort (although the discomfort should be mild and temporary).
Once the procedure is over, you can go home and go back to your normal activities, taking care not to apply pressure to the treated areas.
Why Should I Choose Aurora Health Care for Injectables and Fillers?
At Aurora Health Care, you’re not just another patient. Your health is our first priority, and we want what’s best for you – even if that means you choose not to have injectables or fillers.
When you choose Aurora for your cosmetic procedure, you’re choosing more than just a physician or surgeon. You’re choosing an entire health care system that offers you much more than one procedure. We offer a multidisciplinary team of doctors who work together to provide you with care that stands above the competition.
At Aurora, we offer:
- Experience: Aurora specialists perform hundreds of cosmetic injections and filler procedures each year.
- Expertise: At Aurora, all cosmetic procedures are performed by board-certified doctors. This is especially important with botulinum toxin injectables such as Botox. Botulinum toxin injections can be dangerous if not performed correctly, so it’s important to see a board-certified physician who is experienced in this type of wrinkle treatment. At Aurora Health Care, you can feel comfortable knowing our specialists are board certified and experienced.
- Advanced technology: Aurora uses the safest and most-advanced technology available.
- Attention to you: Your cosmetic specialist will take time to discuss options with you and answer your questions before your treatment begins, giving you peace of mind.
Are Injectables and Fillers Covered by Insurance?
Most cosmetic plastic surgery procedures are considered elective procedures, and thus are not often covered by insurance. However, there are some exceptions. If you have questions about whether your injectables and fillers would be covered by insurance, contact your insurance company directly.
How do I Find a Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon at Aurora Health Care?
Learn more about our board-certified cosmetic plastic surgeons or schedule a consultation.