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Injectable Fillers FAQ

With all of the products and all of their uses, injectable fillers have become very versatile and popular treatments. Using options such as Restylane®, RADIESSE®, and JUVÉDERM® and VOLUMA® XC, Seattle facial plastic surgeon Dr. Stella can rejuvenate and enhance the face in minutes. Because there are so many options, people considering fillers naturally have questions. On this page, Dr. Stella has provided answers to some of the most common questions she is asked.

To learn more about injectable fillers or other treatments offered at the Stella Center for Facial Plastic Surgery, request a consultation or call our office at (206) 682-3223. We look forward to helping you with any questions or concerns you may have and getting you on your way to looking and feeling your best!

How do I know which filler is right for me?

With so many injectable fillers available, it can be confusing to know which one is right for you. Through years of experience using fillers for facial rejuvenation and sculpting, Dr. Stella is an accomplished specialist. During your consultation, she will ask you to show her the areas you'd like to improve and describe what you'd like to change. Today, fillers can be used for everything from wrinkles to rhinoplasty. The right filler for you will depend on the improvements you want to gain. Dr. Stella uses her expertise to guide you in your choice.

What's the difference between BOTOX® Cosmetic and fillers?

While both BOTOX Cosmetic and fillers are injectable treatments that can be used to smooth away wrinkles, they each treat a different type of wrinkles in a different way. As the name implies, fillers soften wrinkles by filling them. These treatments are used around the mouth and nose, and they provide immediate results. BOTOX is used for "dynamic wrinkles," such as horizontal forehead lines and crow's feet around the eyes, which are caused by the contractions of facial muscles. BOTOX treatments actually relax the muscles that cause the wrinkles, and they take a few days to show results. Dr. Stella often uses both types of treatments together for an even more refreshed look.

Are injectable fillers safe?

Yes. All of the fillers we offer have been approved by the FDA and used by dermatologists and plastic surgeons worldwide for years. Because there is minimal risk of allergic reaction, allergy testing is not required for these fillers.

Do the injections hurt?

Most patients find our filler injections very tolerable. To minimize discomfort during the procedure, Dr. Stella numbs the area with topical and local anesthetic before performing the treatment. Some fillers contain lidocaine for increased comfort. Patients may experience slight redness or puffiness at the site of the injection for the first day or 2.

How much do fillers cost?

Injectable fillers are usually priced by the syringe, and the cost varies by product. The number of syringes needed depends on the desired improvement. No one wants to overpay, but it's important to consider the qualifications and experience of your injector over getting a good price.

Can fillers be used in place of facial plastic surgery procedures?

Dr. Stella uses fillers to provide many types of improvements that are similar to facial plastic surgery results; for example, she offers nonsurgical rhinoplasty, as well as an alternative to lower eyelid surgery. The advantages of fillers over surgery include:

  • Significantly less expensive
  • Immediate results
  • Little to no downtime
  • No anesthesia
  • Very short treatment time

The main disadvantage of fillers is that the improvements do not last nearly as long as those from plastic surgery.

I'd like my thin lips to be fuller. Can you use fillers?

Yes. While the improvements are temporary, an injectable filler such as JUVÉDERM® can be used to sculpt and plump up the lips. Dr. Stella's skill and experienced eye enable her to make the lips look naturally fuller, not overdone.

Which treatment is best for upper lip lines?

Choosing a treatment to get rid of lines around the upper lip depends on the depth of the lip lines. Deeper lines may be best filled in with an injectable filler; fine lip lines can be smoothed away with a surface treatment such as ActiveFX™ laser resurfacing.

I've heard that fillers can be used to improve the look of my nose. Is that true?

Yes! Dr. Stella uses injectable fillers to achieve a "nonsurgical nose job." This approach is useful for people who are bothered by issues such as a low or wide nasal bridge in Asian patients, nasal hump, a wide or low nasal tip, and a narrow or crooked bridge. Because the results of a nonsurgical nose job are temporary, some people choose this option to "test drive" the more permanent results of a surgical rhinoplasty. You can learn more about nonsurgical rhinoplasty here.

How often should I have injectable filler treatments?

Treatments are typically scheduled twice a year but vary by filler. Most patients visit Dr. Stella for a touch-up treatment before the product has fully dissipated to maintain their improvements.

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