Introduction to Facial Fillers
With time, we all lose our facial volume and contours that define youth. These volume changes can result in hollowing around the eyes and temples, deflation of the eyebrows, flattening of the cheeks, and thinning of the lips. Injectable facial filler treatments are performed to restore these volume losses, often providing a “lift” of tissues that recreates a youthful shape to the face. When you come into Seattle Face & Skin for Facial Fillers, they will be done in our office with minimal downtime, helping individuals to quickly enhance their appearance and improve self-confidence!
What are Facial Fillers?
Facial fillers restore the balance of volume present in a youthful face, reducing the shadows and contours that arise as we age. Most fillers use Hyaluronic Acid (HA) which is a synthetic gel-like substance that your body can create. Although it’s not a permanent treatment, our Seattle Facial Filler patients can see results that last almost a full year before their body naturally absorbs the filler.
There are a variety of facial fillers each with unique properties that can be used to optimize outcomes and create a natural look. Examples include hyaluronic acid-derived fillers such as Belotero, Juvederm, Restylane, Volbella, and Voluma. Radiesse (calcium hydroxyapatite) and Sculptra (poly-L-lactic acid) are additional commonly used facial fillers that potentially have more permanence to results. Our providers have experienced filler injectors and create a plan that meets your goals of facial rejuvenation.
What are the Benefits of Facial Fillers?
At Seattle Face & Skin, we have seen our Seattle Facial Filler patients enjoy the following results from their treatment:
- Almost immediate results
- Boosts confidence and self-image
- Customizable for a more subtle appearance
- Easily combined with other treatments for stunning results
- Increased collagen and elastin production
- Long-lasting results
- Minimal risks
- No recovery time
- Reduces the appearance of scars
Who are the Best Candidates for Facial Fillers?
Almost anyone is a candidate and can benefit from facial filler treatment. Patients who have signs of aging more related to the volume of loss and increased wrinkling may have a greater impact as opposed to aging defined by increased skin laxity which may be better addressed with a surgical procedure. During your visit, we perform a global facial assessment to ensure you receive the treatment that meets your needs. Based on your goals, facial fillers may be one component of a comprehensive treatment plan that may include other non-surgical treatments such as botulinum toxin (for decreasing dynamic wrinkles), laser therapy (to recreate vibrant, smooth skin) or even cosmetic surgical procedures such as eyelid or facelift.
What’s the First Step?
If you would like to add some volume to your face, Facial Fillers in Seatle could work wonderfully for you! Your first step is to book a consultation with either Dr. Bhrany or one of the talented and certified Skin Care Specialists at Seattle Face & Skin. When you come in for this appointment, you will discuss the options of fillers we offer, ask questions about the treatment, and have your face examined. You will also be asked about your medical history, so it’s very important to be open and honest because the more information you provide, the better chance you have for a successful treatment and incredible results.
Using the information collected from your conversation, your personalized treatment plan will be created. If you agree with this plan, you can have your Facial Filler performed immediately, however, if you would like to reschedule for any reason, our Patient Coordinator will help you select the best date and time to come back.
What to Expect on the Day of Facial Fillers
The setup and protocols are similar for all filler products. For the procedure, you will be seated upright in a comfortable exam chair. Before any filler product is administered, makeup and dirt will be removed, usually with an alcohol pad or chlorhexidine soap. Ice or topical anesthetic cream may be used to blunt the discomfort associated with an injection. But many facial fillers are mixed with a local anesthetic to minimize discomfort which often obviates the need for any topical anesthetic cream. Injections usually take just minutes. Some redness, bruising, and swelling may occur at the injection sites but usually subsides within a few days. Taking arnica before and after treatment may reduce the risk and length of bruising. We like to have our patients return within a few weeks to ensure treatment goals were met and there is no need for any small touch up.
Facial Fillers Recovery
Once you are finished with your treatment and you are free to go, you can return to your daily routine, but you should avoid any strenuous activities for the first few days. You can expect some mild bruising, swelling, or possible discomfort after your injections, however, they should disappear after a few hours but may take a few days.
As you recover, you will be able to lightly massage the treatment areas or use an ice pack for up to 10 minutes at a time to alleviate any pain, but make sure you are still very gentle when doing so.
How Much Do Facial Fillers Cost in Seattle?
The cost of Facial Fillers in Seattle will depend on multiple factors, including the product you are using and how much of it is needed to meet your desired aesthetic. After having your consultation, and your procedure plan made, our Patient Coordinator will be able to provide you with a breakdown of the entire cost of your Facial Filler treatment.
Why Choose Us?
At Seattle Face & Skin, our goal is to help our patients achieve a healthy, more youthful, and natural appearance, that will also leave you feeling better and more confident inside. Our practice is led by Dr. Amit D. Bhrany, who will walk you through the evaluation step by step, giving you expert advice and recommendations based on your goals. Dr. Bhrany is a double board-certified in Facial Plastic Surgery and Otolaryngology (Ear Nose and Throat Surgery). After receiving his bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering and doctorate in medicine from Boston University, Dr. Bhrany was awarded fellowships in Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, and Facial Plastic Surgery at the University of Washington (UW). During those two years of additional sub-specialty training, Dr. Bhrany developed skills for cosmetic facial plastic surgery, reconstructing all aspects of the head and neck, as well as head and neck cancer surgery and microsurgical reconstruction.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you would like to give your face a little more volume and a more youthful appearance, Facial Fillers in Seattle could be a great treatment for you. Request your consultation at Seattle Face & Skin through our website and one of our team members will quickly get in touch with you. You can also reach us by calling (206) 599-3222 today!
Facial Fillers FAQs
Your procedure questions answered.
Most of our Seattle Facial Filler patients don’t find the treatment to be painful, but the procedure does require multiple injections with a tiny needle. While we do offer certain options to facilitate a more comfortable experience, some patients find the pinch of the needle insertion to be uncomfortable and can cause their eyes to tear up.
You should only require one appointment to enjoy the appearance that Facial Fillers. Please keep in mind that while Facial fillers can last a while, they are not permanent. Most patients can enjoy their appearance for six months to a year before they need more filler to maintain their look.
Results are immediate upon injection and usually last between 6 months to 2 years, depending on the type of filler placed and the location of injection. For more permanent results, fat can be used as a filler for facial volume replacement with more permanent results. Fat transfer procedures have more downtime and are performed in the operating room as opposed to facial fillers that are injected in the office with minimal downtime.
Our Seattle Facial Fillers patients will often combine their treatment with other skin rejuvenation treatments such as BOTOX for a more well-rounded appearance. If you are interested in a particular treatment or look, please discuss this with Dr. Bhrany during your consultation for some of his expert recommendations.
Facial fillers are very well tolerated and rarely are their significant complications. But as with any treatment, there are always risks such as bleeding, infection, adverse reaction to the filler, or a suboptimal outcome. These risks are rare but can occur:
- Acne-like skin eruptions
- Bleeding from the injection site
- Damage to the skin that results in a wound and possible scarring
- Infection at the injection site
- Palpability of the filler under the surface of the skin
- Skin necrosis (ulceration or loss of skin from disruption of blood flow)
- Skin rash with itching
- Skin redness
- Under- or over-correction of wrinkles