When considering treatment to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, it is essential to understand all of the risks and rewards associated with the chosen treatment. Dermal fillers are a choice that are growing in popularity. This treatment can help diminish wrinkles and facial lines, while restoring fullness to the face. This option is great for people who want to soften facial wrinkles, enhance thin lips, and improve the appearance of facial scarring. The treatment is typically chosen by patients who want something more than Botox injections, but do not necessarily need a facelift or other more drastic procedures.
There are a number of benefits associated with dermal fillers. The treatment has been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration as medical devices, sharing the same classification as breast implants. Although the substance used is permanent, the results last anywhere from six months to a year. This option does wonders for people who have damaged skin as a result of overexposure to the sun, lifestyle choices, or genetic factors. Most patients are very pleased with the results that this procedure provides them.
Like any other medical procedure, this treatment has its fair share of risks. When consulting with your doctor, he or she will likely advise you on all of the risks associated with dermal fillers. Some doctors may not be inclined to be as thorough about the procedure's risks as they should be, so be sure to ask your physician as many specific questions as you feel necessary.
The common side effects of the procedure include swelling, redness, bruising, itching, and pain that can last for days following the procedure. Some patients have experienced bumps, infections, and skin pigment discoloration, while others may have allergic reactions including hives, rashes, and pimples.
It is essential to speak with your physician about all of the side effects and risks to get a better understanding about whether or not dermal fillers are right for you.
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