Injectable facial fillers reduce facial wrinkles and increase tissue volume. They provide a more youthful appearance, giving skin more fullness. You will notice fewer wrinkles and creases where the filler has been injected. Facial fillers can also improve the appearance of scars, making them much less noticeable.
The cosmetic surgeons at Johns Hopkins use a number of widely known FDA-approved injectable dermal fillers* as well as fat grafts from your own body. They are injected into facial tissue in order to smooth wrinkles or depressions. For example, many people use injectable dermal fillers in the lips to make them plumper and more voluminous or to fill in depressions around the cheeks and lips.
One of the most popular facial fillers is Botox®, which treats three main areas, forehead frown lines (also known as “number 11”), crow’s feet, and forehead wrinkles.
What to expect
The procedure only takes a few minutes. And you can choose from several locations: The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Green Spring Station and White Marsh. Get more information on each location.
Depending on what kind of filler you are having injected, there may be a few instructions you need to follow prior to the procedure. You may have to lie down for a few hours after the procedure and the doctor may give you some instructions for taking care after you go home. You won’t have any marks or scarring.
A Botox® injection requires no recovery time. You may see some minor bruising, which can easily be hidden with concealer. It will take two weeks to see the full effects of the treatment and the effect lasts three to six months. Over time, you may require fewer treatments because weaker muscles atrophy and require fewer injections.
*Available fillers include: Botox®, Juvederm® Ultra, Juvederm® Ultra Plus, Perlane®, Radiesse®, and Restylane®.