Injectable fillers can improve your appearance and give a more youthful look without undergoing major surgery. These fillers can replace deep volume loss and maintain your facial structure. They can also be used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. A consultation will determine your unique treatment plan that will leave you looking natural and refreshed.

Hyaluronic acid fillers (HA):
• HA is naturally occurring in our skin, cartilage and joints.
• Most commonly used filler to replace volume in the nasolabial folds, marionette lines, small chin lines, perioral rhytides (‘smoking’ or ‘kissing’ lines), undereyes, cheeks, chin, jawline, hands etc.
• Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra Plus, Juvederm Voluma
• Restylane, Restylane Contour, Restylane Lyft, Restylane Kysse

Filler Pre-Procedure Instructions:
• If possible, please avoid taking blood thinners one week prior to your appointment; these can cause increased bleeding or bruising (Aspirin, Motrin, Advil, Aleve, Ibuprofen, Gingko biloba, vitamin E, fish oil). Tylenol is OK.
• DO NOT stop medications that are medically necessary or prescribed by a physician without that physician’s approval.
• Eat 1 cup of fresh pineapple or pineapple juice per day for 3 days prior to appointment. (the enzyme it contains may help prevent bruising and swelling). Eating leafy greens can also reduce the risk of bruising and swelling.
• Arnica Montana (found at any health food store and most pharmacies) when taken as directed may also help prevent bruising and swelling and is highly recommended. The oral supplements can be started the day prior to the procedure and continued until the bruising is resolved.

What to expect at your filler appointment:
• Your pre-treatment photographs will be taken.
• A topical numbing cream may be applied to the area upon arrival if you arrive 20-30 minutes before your appt time.
• The treatment area will be thoroughly cleansed and the provider will discuss the treatment plan.
• You can ice the area before and after the treatment to reduce bruising and swelling.
• You may see immediate improvement in the treated area, but the effect will ‘settle’ over the following 3-7 days.

Filler Post-Procedure Instructions:
• Apply cool packs to the area to reduce bruising and swelling a few times in the 24 hours after the procedure.
• Apply topical arnica gel/cream to any bruises until the bruising resolves.
• If moderate bruising occurs, call the office within 2-3 days to schedule a laser treatment of the bruises; this helps reduce the bruise duration.
• Avoid excessive heat such as saunas, hot showers, the hot sun or cooking over a hot stove for 24-48 hours after the procedure. This may cause more bleeding and bruising.
• Avoid strenuous exercise for 24 hours after the procedure. This may raise cause more bruising and swelling.
• Avoid drinking alcohol for 24 hours after treatment. Alcohol may cause more bruising.
• If lips are treated avoid straw drinking immediately after your treatment.
• No massages of the area treated and no placing of the face in a massage cradle for 1 week after treatment.
• Gentle cleansing and light moisturizing is recommended. You may apply make-up after the procedure.
• No flying on an airplane for 1 week after treatment

Possible complications of fillers:
• Bruising (can last up to 1-2 weeks), swelling (for 2-3 days), tenderness, skin infection, cold sore outbreak.
• Allergic reaction to the product (very rare).
• Inflamed lumps under the skin (very rare)
• Bluish appearance under the skin; it can last for a few months, or the material can be extracted
• Very rarely, filler material can be injected within a blood vessel causing blockage of the vessel
• If you experience any side effects that you are concerned about, please call SLCNJ at 201-500-7525.

To schedule your filler appointment, call the Skin & Laser Center of NJ today at 201-500-7525

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