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Subcutaneous injection of filling material (eg, collagen); 5.1 to 10.0 cc

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Name of the Procedure:

Subcutaneous Injection of Filling Material (eg, Collagen); 5.1 to 10.0 cc

Summary

This procedure involves injecting a filler material, such as collagen, just below the surface of the skin. The purpose is to add volume and smooth out wrinkles or lines, enhancing the skin’s appearance.

Purpose

The procedure addresses cosmetic concerns such as wrinkles, fine lines, and loss of volume in the face. The expected outcome is a more youthful and plump appearance of the treated areas.

Indications

  • Appearance of wrinkles and fine lines
  • Loss of skin volume and elasticity
  • Patients seeking non-surgical cosmetic enhancement

Preparation

  • Avoid blood thinners or anti-inflammatory medications before the procedure, as they can increase bleeding and bruising.
  • Disclose any allergies, particularly to collagen or lidocaine, to your healthcare provider.
  • No specific fasting or physical preparation is usually required.

Procedure Description

  1. The area to be treated is cleaned and sterilized.
  2. A topical or local anesthetic may be applied to minimize discomfort.
  3. The filler material is injected using a fine needle or cannula into the subcutaneous layer of the skin.
  4. The practitioner may massage the area to ensure even distribution of the filler.
  5. Multiple injections may be needed to achieve the desired volume.

Duration

The procedure typically takes 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the treatment area.

Setting

It is usually performed in an outpatient clinic or a cosmetic surgery center.

Personnel

  • A licensed healthcare provider, such as a dermatologist or plastic surgeon
  • A nurse or medical assistant may assist

Risks and Complications

  • Common: Bruising, swelling, redness, and tenderness at the injection site
  • Rare: Infection, allergic reactions, asymmetry, or overfilling
  • Management: Most complications are temporary and can be managed with ice packs, medications, or corrective procedures if needed.

Benefits

  • Immediate improvement in the volume and smoothness of the skin
  • Minimally invasive with quick recovery time
  • Results last several months to over a year, depending on the material used

Recovery

  • Mild swelling and bruising might occur, lasting a few days.
  • Avoid strenuous activities and excessive sun exposure for at least 24 hours post-procedure.
  • Follow-up visits may be needed to assess results and decide on further treatments.

Alternatives

  • Other fillers like hyaluronic acid
  • Non-invasive options such as laser treatments or chemical peels
  • Surgical facelift procedures
  • Each alternative has different benefits, risks, and recovery times, which should be discussed with your healthcare provider.

Patient Experience

  • During: Minimal discomfort, likened to a pinch or slight sting from the injections.
  • After: Temporary redness, swelling, or bruising at the injection sites.
  • Pain management: Over-the-counter pain relievers and ice packs can help alleviate discomfort.

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