Procedure Fillers are used to fill up facial depressions such as the nasolabial folds or tear troughs or to enlarge lips or cheeks. I use biocompatible hyaluronic acid-based fillers (=Restylane®), which get naturally absorbed within 6-18 months. They can be dissolved early with an injection (=hyaluronidase) if needed.
Scars None
Operation time No surgery – Procedure time 30min
Anaesthesia None
Hospital Stay None
Benefits Cosmetic, Psychological
Risks Bleeding, Infection, Skin Necrosis, Pain, Discomfort, Skin discoloration, Nerve injury (Numbness, weakness, paralysis), Bruising, Swelling, Overcorrection, Undercorrection, Asymmetry, Cosmetic, Contour irregularities, Need for further treatments, Blindness, Allergic reaction
N.B. Most complications are unlikely and serious risks are rare
Risk factors Smoking, high blood pressure, bleeding tendency, diabetes, non-advised massage and manipulation
Optimising factors Diet rich in Vitamin C and protein, plenty of fluids, fresh air
Discomfort 1 day
Bruising Unusual, 1 week if present
Recovery 1 day
Acceptable appearance 3 days for most patients (This is subjective)
Final result 1 week for 6-18 months
Alternatives No injection, Make-up, fat transfer, facial implants

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