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As one grows older, the face begins to show signs of aging. Gravity, sun exposure, and years of smiling, chewing and squinting take their toll on appearance. No matter what you do to try to maintain your youth, some aging is inevitable.

When possible most people would opt to postpone the laugh lines, smile lines, crow’s feet, and other rites of passage. Soft-tissue fillers, like injectable collagen, fat or alloderm, can help soften those lines and creases, allowing us to look our best – and feel better about ourselves.

About The Procedure

Soft-tissue filler injections are in-office procedures. The three most commonly used materials are collagen, fat, and alloderm. Each substance has individual guidelines for use, but injections will need to be repeated to maintain the effects of treatment. Talk to your doctor about which filler would work best for you.

About Fat Injections

This procedure involves extracting fat from your own body. After the skin is anesthetized, fat is removed, using a tiny needle, from donor spots such as the hips, thighs, belly or buttocks. It is then injected into deep wrinkles and depressed areas. Since the fat is your own tissue, it will be accepted by your body and not be rejected as a foreign substance.

Recovery and Healing

Slight swelling and occasional bruising can be expected for 24 hours after the treatment. You may also experience minor stinging in the injected area. Within two days, the swelling is usually gone and you can cover any remaining redness with makeup.

Risks

The possibility of an allergic reaction is not a factor for fat because it’s harvested from a patient’s own body. However, there is still a slight risk of infection and other infrequent complications. Uneven correction is sometimes a problem with fat injections.