The latest, most exciting cosmetic surgery advancement is the abundance and variety of injectable fillers. Injectable fillers can be used for many different cosmetic treatments, even a non-surgical face lift. Fillers can smooth wrinkles, plump out cheeks, erase pitted scars, fill out the lips and more. How well the filler solves your chosen problem depends on the expertise of your plastic surgeon. Dr. Naderi of the Naderi Cosmetic Surgery and Skin Care clinics in Herndon, Virginia and Chevy Chase, Maryland has expertise in the selection and injection of a wide variety of injectable fillers. Dr. Naderi has no rival in rejuvenating the faces of men and women in the Northern Virginia and greater Washington, D.C. area.
With age we become more sure of ourselves, better at our jobs, better able to communicate. We become better at a lot of things, but this comes with a price. The soft, supple skin that we had when we were in our twenties becomes wrinkled. Creases and folds appear on our cheeks and forehead, crow’s feet detract from beautiful eyes, and the face may become thinner as we lose the plumping fat underlying the skin. Aging approaches and then overtakes us. As William Butler Yeats wrote in his poem, The Second Coming, “Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold.”
With this simple and quick office procedure, injectable fillers can make you look as young as you feel. Once fillers are injected under the skin, they work by restoring volume and softness, easing the wrinkles and filling sunken areas and creases. Some injectables attract water to plump up the skin; other fillers stimulate the formation of the body’s collagen to keep the face younger looking longer. Each filler has unique properties and uses. Some have short term rejuvenating properties, lasting a few months, and others may provide benefits for years.
Botox®: While not a filler, this injectable blocks nerve impulses to weaken the muscles of the face and relax wrinkles. It is used for wrinkles on the forehead, around the eyes, mouth and neck
Hyaluronic Acid: There are a variety of fillers made from hyaluronic acid, a substance found naturally in the body.
Radiesse®: A synthetic filler made from the same material as our bones, this filler works most effectively on reducing wrinkles and scars by stimulating collagen formation. Results may last one to two years.
Collagen: There are various fillers made from collagen, a natural protein found in the skin.
Prior to injections, alcohol use should be halted as well as any blood thinning medication such as aspirin, vitamin E and NSAIDs. Dr. Naderi will discuss with you the anesthetic used with your filler of choice. Often it is just a topical painkiller applied to the skin and often no anesthetic is needed at all. Some fillers are mixed with lidocaine that will work as the anesthetic. Injections, given on an outpatient basis at both of Dr. Naderi’s offices in the Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. areas, may take from five to fifteen minutes. They can be done on your lunch hour; there is absolutely no down time. Some patients feel the sting of the injection, and it may depend on the type of filler that you and Dr. Naderi select. Ice may ease this discomfort. Some slight bruising may occur that can be covered easily with makeup. Possible complications include infection, bleeding or bruising, an allergic reaction or the formation of lumps under the skin. If you have any herpes simplex outbreaks, the injections may cause a flare up and you may need to take an antiviral medication.
Call for a consultation with Dr. Naderi at Naderi’s Cosmetic Surgery and Skin Care Offices in Chevy Chase, Maryland, 301-222-2020 or Herndon, Virginia, 703-481-0002.