Cosmetic fillers: what do I need to know?

In the world of cosmetics, getting “fillers” refers to a procedure whereby a material is injected into certain parts of your face to create a fullness and/or lift of skin and underlying soft tissue. The goal is to create a more youthful, yet natural appearance. When it comes to getting cosmetic fillers, here are some important considerations that may run through your mind.

Are cosmetic fillers the right treatment for me?

An amazing result starts with a careful discussion between you and your doctor. An expert injector will listen carefully and educate you on an individualized plan of injection that specifically suits the shape and contour of your facial structures. Understanding your objectives and guiding you to realistic expectations and contraindications/side effects are a vital part of every successful cosmetic consultation.

Is this procedure safe?

Every procedure has its risk, however low that possibility may be. Trust your face to an expert. Anyone can direct a needle to your face, but a true expert will be aware of potential risks of the procedure, how to reduce them and how to deal with potential complications. A big part of injection safety stems comes from your injector’s understating of facial anatomy; including the location of muscles, fat pad, nerves, and blood vessels. An in-depth knowledge facial anatomy ensures that your injector will know where to inject to get a great result, and also where NOT to inject so as to avoid a poor outcome. An expert’s actual injection technique will improve your chances of a beautiful result while minimizing your risk of a complication.

What type of filler should I get?

There are many cosmetic injectable products on the market today and every physician will have their personal preferences. An expert injector, however, will be knowledgeable about the material they are injecting into your face and the best choice for your personal treatment plan. For example; some fillers are more permanent, some are reversible, certain products are best suited to specific parts of the face and will produce a more desirable overall result etc. Stick to an expert who is knowledgeable about what is best suited for your specific cosmetic needs. Proper product selection for a given area is a crucial prerequisite for a fantastic result.

Where should I get my cosmetic filler injection done?

A truly skilled injector can study your individual facial contours and with their knowledge of anatomy, understanding of the filler material and skilled eye for aesthetic artistry, create a beautiful, naturally pleasing result. One reason why dermatologists and plastic surgeons are recognized as experts in performing this procedure is that their basic training includes understanding facial anatomy and mastering principles for reconstructing facial structures, giving them an “eye” for how to best rejuvenate the face. Cosmetic fillers are one of the most popular cosmetic treatments but remember, do your research, ask questions and don’t just consider the price, but rather the expertise, patient care and reputation of your injector.

Seek the expertise of a knowledgeable physician who can educate you as the right treatment option for you. Your provider will then apply their artistry to give you a safe and successful cosmetic filler treatment!

Our best anti-aging skin secret is always; hydrate, nourish yourself and consistently wear a minimum 30 SPF to protect yourself from sun damage.

What are the costs?

The procedure starts at $600+ per Syringe (prices vary based on area treated and amount of syringes needed to achieve your desired treatment result.) Exact prices will be quoted at your consultation with our Medical Advisor, Dermatologist, Dr. Muba Taher.

What about patient comfort?

Our Patient comfort and safety is always our primary concern. In some cases, Dr. Muba Taher will ask your nurse to use a local to anesthetize the treatment area thus improving your comfort.

How much time does it take?

Cosmetic fillers can take between 15-30 minutes for the actual injections, depending on how many areas are treated and desired outcome. (Additional time may be required, depending on the amount and areas treated)

What is the expected outcome?

Dr. Taher will inject a fine needle into the skin and disperse the filler in small amounts which will plump up the skin resulting in a decreased appearance of wrinkles, improved facial volume and contouring. *results vary by person.

Treatment considerations

  1. Individuals with severe allergies with a history of anaphylaxis, multiple severe allergies, allergies to hyaluronic acid or other filler products, or allergies to lidocaine or other anesthetics.
  2. A history of autoimmune disease, recurrent sore throats, rheumatic fever, epilepsy, or porphyria.
  3. If you are currently taking medications to prolong bleeding, such as aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or anti-coagulants as with any injection, these factors may prolong bleeding. Please inform Dermatologist, Dr. Muba Taher of any medications you are taking with the intake form provided by the clinic.
  4. Recent skin surface treatments such as laser treatment, skin peels, or dermabrasion or have used fillers previously.
  5. If you have skin infections or inflammation such as acne or cold sores.
  6. If you are prone to scaring.
  7. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or are under the age of 18 years (under the age of 21 if treating lips).

These reactions may occur immediately post treatment or may be delayed. If reactions persist for more than a week, please call our offices to schedule a consultation to discuss your concerns.

Possible Side Effects

  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Tenderness
  • Itching sensation in the treatment area
  • Bruising in some cases

Typically, any of these symptoms will only last a week. Do not expose the area to extreme heat or cold for up to 48 hours post treatment.

Safety precautions

  1. Do not use if known allergy or hypersensitivity to hyaluronic acid fillers, lidocaine or amide local anaesthetics.
  2. Do not use if you have porphyria, bleeding disorder and/or active skin disease such as inflammation, infection or tumors, in or near the intended injection site or if you are taking thrombolytics or anticoagulants.
  3. There are several precautions that are important to discuss with your healthcare practitioner prior to treatment. Inform your healthcare practitioner if you have any of the following:
    1. If you have pre-existing pigmented dark lower eyelid circles, thin skin and pre-existing tendency toward edema formation as you treatment as treatment of the lower periorbital region may not be suitable.
    2. If you are taking immunosuppressants as treatment may not be suitable.
    3. If you have a tendency to form hypertrophic scars or any other healing disorder.
    4. If you have herpes viral infection as injection procedures can lead to reactivation of latent or subclinical herpes viral infections.
    5. If you are using substances that affect platelet function, such as aspirin and nonsteroidal and anti-inflammatory drugs. As with any injection procedure, using these medications may increase your risk of bruising or bleeding at the injection site.
    6. If a laser treatment, chemical peel or any other procedure based on active dermal response is performed before or after the treatment. There is a possible risk of eliciting an inflammatory reaction at the implant site.
  4. Rare but serious adverse events associated with the intravascular injection of soft tissue fillers in the face have been reported and include temporary or permanent vision impairment, blindness, cerebral ischemia or cerebral hemorrhage, leading to stroke, skin necrosis, and damage to underlying facial structures.
  5. Injection related adverse events such as bruising, erythema, itching, swelling, pain and tenderness may occur. These side effects generally resolve spontaneously within one week after injection. Other potential side effects can occur with dermal filler injections. You should discuss the potential treatment risks with your healthcare professional.
  6. After the treatment, exposure of the treated area to heat (sunbathing, sauna, steam baths, etc.) or extreme cold should be avoided until any signs of local inflammation have disappeared.
  7. This product has not been tested in pregnant or breastfeeding women.
  8. Not for use in children.

Dr. Muba Taher
Edmonton Dermatology & Skin Surgery Centre

207, 5540 Windermere Blvd. NW
Edmonton, Alberta
T6W 2Z8
[icon name=”location-arrow” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Find us on Google Maps

P. 780.439.7546
F. 780.988.6647

Telephone Hours

Monday to Thursday: 8:30am – 3:30pm
Friday: 8:30am – 12pm
Weekends and STAT Holidays: Closed