Injectables and Restorative Treatments
Injectables are gel-like substances that are injected beneath the skin to restore lost volume, soften creases, smoothen lines, and enhance facial contours.
This is but one of the various effective treatments advised to remove wrinkles and improve the appearance of scars. KnoxGlow Aesthetics in Knoxville, Tennessee, carries a variety of fillers that can be prescribed to address your aesthetic concerns.
Dermal Fillers are anti-ageing injections which contain a gel-like substance, most often hyaluronic acid, which can give the skin a rejuvenated look. When injected into the skin, dermal fillers quite literally ‘fill out’ lines and wrinkles, volumize hollow, sunken areas of the face and define and reshape facial features.
Dermal fillers are used to treat static lines (which remain on the face even when it’s relaxed) and for facial contouring. Treatment areas include:
Tear troughs (eye bags)
Nose (liquid rhinoplasty)
Marionette lines (which extend from the corners of the mouth down to the chin)
Nasolabial folds (lines either side of the nose)
Chin and jawline
The backs of the hands
Dynamic lines (which disappear when the face is expressionless), however, are best treated with Botox.
When filler is injected into the skin, it smooths out fine lines and wrinkles and plumps out areas which have lost volume. Essentially, dermal fillers work in place of diminished fat, collagen, and elastin.
Hyaluronic acid (the most common filler substance) makes a great injectable, as it attracts and holds onto lots of water – this water then helps create the plumping effect underneath the skin.
One of the biggest benefits of fillers is skin rejuvenation – lines and wrinkles can be filled out, and the face can be sculpted with a little help from dermal fillers. There’s even a treatment called the liquid facelift, which uses fillers to give the face a firmer, youthful look as an alternative to a surgical facelift.
Dermal filler injections can also be used to alter and define facial features like the chin and jawline, as well as for treating acne scars.
The most common types of dermal fillers are made from hyaluronic acid, including the popular brands Juvéderm and Restylane. Hyaluronic acid is often favored over other filler substances because it can be dissolved (with an enzyme called hyaluronidase.)
Another plus of hyaluronic acid is that it's a naturally-occurring molecule found in the skin, which means it’s a safe material that’s well-received by the body.
The treatment time will depend on the area being injected and how much filler is needed. Generally, dermal filler treatments are quick, taking less than 45 minutes. For more intensive filler treatments – like the liquid facelift – the procedure can take around an hour.
If a numbing cream is used, you’ll have to wait roughly 20 minutes for it to kick in before the treatment begins.
The dermal filler side effects are pretty minimal and usually disappear soon after the treatment – they typically last a few days. They include things like swelling, redness and minor bleeding near the injection points. You might also experience some bruising, but applying an arnica cream to the area can help with these symptoms.
There’s no downtime following a filler treatment, so you’ll be able to resume your plans as usual. And any side effects you encounter should clear up within a few days of your treatment.
However, you might want to book your appointment being aware of important events until any signs of redness, swelling and bruising have disappeared.
There are lots of important arteries in areas of the face which are often treated with fillers, the treatment is medium-risk. The risks of dermal fillers are significantly lowered when you choose a medically qualified practitioner for the procedure who has the right training, lots of experience and the appropriate qualifications. KnoxGlow Aesthetics treatments are performed by a Board Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist who is highly trained in anatomy and utilizes ultrasound for the absolute safest injections.
It’s also really important that you talk with your practitioner about your medical history, conditions you might have or any medications you’re taking beforehand to ensure nothing will impact the safety of the treatment.
A week prior to your treatment, avoid taking aspirin, ibuprofen, vitamin E and fish oil supplements as these may increase bleeding and bruising. However, if you are taking any prescribed medicines, including aspirin, do not stop taking them.
Avoiding alcohol for at least one day before your treatment is also recommended.
Try not to touch the treated areas immediately after your anti-ageing treatment as this can lead to infection or interfere with the placement of filler. Exercise, alcohol and heat should be avoided for the first couple of days after the treatment and you should wait 1-2 weeks before having any other aesthetic treatments.
You shouldn’t have a filler treatment if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, if you’re allergic to any of the ingredients in the filler, or if your skin is irritated or infected.
When hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers are used, results typically last for 6-18 months. But, their exact longevity will vary from person to person as it depends on how quickly each individual metabolizes the filler.
For non-hyaluronic acid fillers,such as Radiesse and Sculptra results can last for years.