As we get older, the skin begins to show natural and inevitable signs of aging, such as wrinkles, sun damage, and laxity. Cumulative exposure to environmental pollutants and the sun’s UV rays causes our skin cells to slowly lose their ability to produce hyaluronic acid, giving way to dryness, loss of skin volume and a breakdown of the skin’s supportive collagen and elastin fibers, all of which are common characteristics of aging skin. Thanks to advances in medical aesthetics, patients can now bridge the gap between anti-aging skincare products and full-blown cosmetic surgery with a range of non-invasive cosmetic procedures. Injectable cosmetics and neurotoxins, such as Botox® and Dysport®, have changed the face of anti-aging, offering patients two options that work well in unison or as standalone treatments for smoothing out fine lines, wrinkles, and creases and adding volume to recessed areas of the face. Injectable fillers can not only improve tell-tale signs of aging, but they can also effectively alter the contours and structure of the lips and cheeks without more invasive surgical procedures. With five convenient locations serving Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra and St. Augustine, Garcia Facial Plastic Surgery, led by double board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Phillip Garcia, offers dermal fillers and injectables to men and women who live in North Florida.
What Are Injectable Fillers?
Injectable fillers, such as Juvederm®, Sculptra® and Radiesse®, are non-surgical rejuvenation treatments that were designed to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and add volume to shallow contours of the face. Everyone is bound to experience fine lines, wrinkles and loss of facial volume as they age, but dermal fillers can slow these tell-tale signs of aging and delay the need for more invasive cosmetic procedures.
How Do I Know If I’m A Good Candidate for an Injectable Filler Procedure?
Injectable fillers have been proven both safe and effective by the FDA and countless clinical studies, making the majority of people viable candidates for this procedure. However, the best candidates should be in relatively good health and have a realistic idea of what dermal fillers can and cannot do for their appearance.
When you schedule a one-to-one consultation with Dr. Garcia, he’ll thoroughly explain how injectable fillers work and help you determine if they can provide your desired goals.
Dermal Fillers and Injectables Offered
- Restylane® Silk
- Restylane® Lyft
- Fat Transfer & Injections
- Plasma Gel
What Will Happen During A Consultation For Injectable Fillers?
Prior to undergoing an injectable cosmetic treatment, prospective patients may undergo a pre-op consultation with Dr. Garcia or one of our experienced nurse injectors. During your consultation, we will go over your complete medical history and cosmetic goals, and provide information on the facility and each type of injectable cosmetic we offer, including the potential risks and associated costs of the procedure. We’ll then decide together which filler is most appropriate for your needs.
Will I Receive Anesthesia For My Injectable Filler Procedure?
At the start of the procedure, patients will receive a topical or local anesthetic or numbing gel to minimize discomfort during the injection phase of treatment.
How Are Injectable Fillers Performed?
The injection phase of the procedure is quick and relatively painless, often taking just a few minutes to complete. The nurse injector inserts a fine needle just below the skin’s surface and injects the filler into the problem area.
How Long Does The Procedure For An Injectable Filler Last?
Patients can expect to be in and out of the office in as little as 45 minutes. However, some injectables require multiple appointments to experience optimal results.
How Much Pain Can I Expect From The Injectable Filler Procedure?
The topical or local anesthetic administered at the start of the procedure ensures that patients experience little to no pain and discomfort.
What Should I Expect Of The Recovery After My Injectable Filler Procedure?
It’s normal for patients to experience mild redness and swelling at the injection site following the procedure. However, these side effects should clear up within two to three days, with most patients experiencing little to no downtime, unlike more invasive cosmetic procedures.
Should I Plan To Take Time Off From Work After My Injectable Filler Procedure?
Injectables are often referred to as “lunchtime procedures” because they require zero recovery time, and many patients resume their normal work or activity schedules immediately after treatment.
Will My Injectable Filler Procedure Be Covered By Insurance?
Injectable fillers are considered elective treatments by most health insurance providers, and they generally do not cover the cost of these procedures.
How Much Do Dermal Fillers And Injectables Cost In Jacksonville?
The cost of dermal fillers varies from patient to patient depending on the combination of fillers and number of treatment sessions a patient requires. Garcia Facial Plastic Surgery accepts personal checks, cash and credit cards, and we offer financing to make dermal fillers and injectable more affordable for all of our patients.
How Long Can I Expect The Results Of My Injectable Filler Procedure To Last?
Injectable cosmetics are considered temporary anti-aging solutions because the results are not permanent, and most patients require periodic maintenance treatments to prolong the results of their initial injectable procedure. The longevity of the results largely depends on individual patient anatomy and the type of filler being used. The effects of Juvederm® and fat injections can last up to six months, while the results of Restylane® and Restylane® Lyft can last up to a year. Radiesse® can last up to 18 months before touch-up treatments are necessary. Products such as Voluma™ and Sculptra® are considered semi-permanent injectable treatments because the results can last for up to two years or more.
Garcia Facial Plastic Surgery is the leading facial plastic surgery center on the First Coast. As a double board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, specializing solely in cosmetic facial procedures, Dr. Phillip Garcia provides his North Florida patients with exceptional skills and results that last. For more information on dermal fillers and injectables or to schedule a consultation at one of our five convenient locations in Jacksonville (Town Center), Avondale, Julington Creek, Fleming Island or Palm Coast, please contact us today.