Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in the body that is abundant in the skin. It is the molecule primarily known for attracting water, which is what keeps skin appearing plump and hydrated. As the skin ages, it produces less collagen and contains less hyaluronic acid which results in volume loss and facial wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid fillers, such as Juvederm and Restylane products, are gel-like substances that are injected under the skin which immediately results in a restoration of volume to correct or augment depending on the patient’s goals. Common areas injected with fillers include the lips, the nasolabial folds, and the tear throughs. Fillers are also used for cheekbone, chin and jawline augmentation.
Just before the actual treatment, the area will be cleaned, and you may be given a topical anesthetic to numb the area prior to injection. Many filler products also contain lidocaine, a mild anesthetic, which is intended to help minimize discomfort during and after your treatment. Your provider will then inject a precise amount of filler strategically beneath the skin.
Depending on the product and the areas treated, you should be able to notice results immediately after receiving filler injections. Some patients experience mild bruising and swelling, but these are temporary and should subside over the days following treatment. You will be able to go back to your normal activities right after treatment, but your provider may ask you to take the day off from exercise or other strenuous activity.