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Soft Tissue Fillers

Soft Tissue Fillers

Soft tissue fillers are one of the fastest growing cosmetic procedures in Canada, and in the US are the second most commonly performed non-surgical cosmetic procedure, with about 2 million being done each year currently.

Before Soft Tissue Fillers

Before Soft Tissue FillersThere are several types of soft tissue fillers, including fat and permanent fillers, but the most common and predictable ones are composed of a substance called hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the body in areas such as cartilage, joints, around the eye and of course in the skin. It may sound familiar to you, as it is a substance that is sometimes injected into the joints of arthritis patients to reduce pain and provide cushioning. In the facial region, when placed under the skin, it acts like a cushion, restoring a more youthful and less tired appearance!

These non-surgical injectable fillers allow enhancement of your facial features, reduction of wrinkles and creases, and can restore some of the lost volume and elasticity of your skin and underlying tissues that occurs with ageing. They have sometimes been termed “liquid facelifts”, and can avoid the need for invasive surgical procedures in many cases. Fillers can be particularly helpful used in conjunction with Botox ®.

After Soft Tissue Fillers

Before Soft Tissue FillersFillers can be used to fill in lines and wrinkles, plump cheeks, enhance the lips, and even reduce unsightly scars! They are easily injected at our office, and as oral and facial experts, Citadel Surgery has the expertise to provide local anaesthesia (“freezing”) for any potentially uncomfortable injections, depending on your personal tolerance. Hyaluronic acid fillers are temporary and generally the effects last anywhere from 6 to 12 months, depending on the amount used and the location you had them placed.

Fillers are not right for everyone or for every situation. Please discuss whether you are a good candidate with your Citadel Oral and Facial surgeon or qualified nurse injector. To help minimize the risks associated with cosmetic soft tissue fillers, avoid or postpone treatment if you have any of the following:

  • a history of severe allergies marked by anaphylactic shock
  • an allergy to collagen, eggs, or lidocaine (dental “freezing”)
  • inflamed or infected skin
  • a bleeding disorder
  • tendency to excessive scarring, such as keloids

Overall, fillers are extremely safe and provide impressive, yet frequently subtle, results. We at Citadel Oral and Facial Surgery generally believe the best elective cosmetic results are those that produce a noticeable improvement in appearance, but other people unaware of what was done cannot put their finger on exactly why!

For more information, please fill in the appointment request form and come visit us for a discussion. We sincerely look forward to meeting you!

Please review our section on post-operative instructions.