Soft-tissue fillers, such as collagen, restylane, cosmederm, etc. are facial rejuvenation treatments that can be used to lessen the effects of gravity, sun exposure and years of facial muscle movement, such as smiling, chewing or squinting. When the soft tissue filler is injected into the affected area, it aids in giving the patient a more youthful, smooth look by filling in lines and creases on the face. In addition to masking creases and adding fullness to the lips and cheeks, soft tissue filler can also be used to fill out deep facial wrinkles, skin depressions and some types of scars. Although soft tissue filler can aid in rejuvenating a patient's face, it is important to know that soft tissue filler is not permanent.
Collagen treatment is a relatively simple procedure; the soft tissue filler is injected using a fine needle inserted at several points along the wrinkle. You may feel some minor stinging or burning as the injections are administered. Dr. Ginsberg will discuss with you the relative advantages of all the new filling agents. He will help you to decide which is best for you. Many patients are well served with a combination of different filling agents.
Almost immediately you will notice a difference. But as stated before, the longevity of these injections depends upon how your body reacts to them and where the soft tissue filler was injected. Most patients repeat the procedure in 3 - 6 months.