Fillers & Fat Transfer
skin FILLERS & FAT TRANSFERS
Dr. Ward has years of training with facial fillers and is an expert in their use. Every droplet of filler, whether it is Juvederm, Restylane, Juvederm Ultra, Restylane Silk, Radiesse, or any number of other injectables, is a tool that Dr. Ward uses to produce natural, but real results.
The use of fillers is a common way to treat the volume loss and wrinkles that occur as we age. The most commonly used fillers are made of hyaluronic acid, but many other types of filler agents can be safely utilized.
What brands of filler do you use, and why?
I use only HA products for the most part. My favority is Restylane. It has been around the longest and has a high G’, which is a measure of how much structure it provides. I kind of think of it as “bang for your buck.” The higher the G’, the more “lift” you get per volume of filler injected. Another aspect that makes me love Restylane is that it is probably the easiest filler to dissolve. Of course, if we are putting filler into the body, we really want it to be able to give a good result and stay as long as possible. However, there are times when we may want to dissolve it. Restylane is probably the filler that is easiest to dissolve. All HA fillers, in theory, can be dissolved, but the way that they are structured makes some easier than others. The other members of the Restylane family, such as Restylane Lyft, Restylane Silk, Restylane Refyne, and Restylane Refyne are all great examples of products that can be used to best suit the filler to the patient.
What to expect
The Procedure & Recovery
Facial filler treatment can be performed in the office setting using topical or local anesthesia.
Using the body’s own fat is another way to improve facial volume loss and treat wrinkles. The advantage of fat transfer is that (1) it uses the body’s own natural tissue and (2) it has the potential to be permanent. The fat that lives after it is injected will stay in place forever. The fat is usually harvested from the abdomen or thighs and then injected to the area of concern on the face.
The procedure is usually performed under sedation and takes about 45 minutes to perform. The recovery is usually 5-7 days and there may be bruising and swelling.
How Soon After Surgery Can I Get Filler?
If you know you want filler, you can get filler at the same time as your surgery. However, if there is a chance you won’t get the filler, I recommend waiting until after the surgery.
What are the Risks of Facial Fillers?
Risks and complications of facial fillers include:
- Poor cosmetic result
- Infection with biofilms
- Vascular occlussion
- Necrosis and tissue death
- Poor cosmetic results, including overfilled lips, melolabial folds and cheeks, nodules, migration of filler, blue discoloration, swelling and more
The best way to avoid complications are to receive facial fillers from an experienced facial plastic surgeon like Dr. Ward who is familiar with the facial anatomy and who will take the time necessary to have a flawless end result.
Before and After