With so many different types of fillers available today, finding the right one to address your specific aging concerns can be a challenge. While all injectables and fillers work toward the same overall goal of smoothing out lines and wrinkles and adding back lost volume, some offer immediate results that last only a few months while others garner delayed yet long-term results.

Factors that will determine the right filler for you:
Careful discussion with your doctor about the area being treated, how much correction you need, thickness of the skin, budget, tolerance for risk, and how long you want the results to last can best help to customize a treatment for you.

Injectables are generally broken down into fillers, which includes collagen and hyaluronic acid, and denervating agents, like Botox. Learn more

Injections are performed in the in-office exam room of your dermatologist, plastic surgeon or facial plastic surgeon. Learn more

You can forgo the pharmaceutical filler route and use your own body fat as an injectable filler. Learn more

You should never be injected with a filler or denervating agent like Botox without consulting with a doctor first. Learn more

Average Cost: $500-$2,000, depending on area treated

Length of Procedure: 15 minutes to an hour

Recovery Time: Zero to 10 days, depending on filler used and area treated

Treatment Frequency: May require only one treatment; semipermanent or permanent fillers may require more than one treatment to achieve desired results. Results will diminish if treatment is not repeated once the filler begins to reabsorb.

Risks: Temporary bruising, swelling, possible infection. Semipermanent and permanent fillers may migrate or cause lumpiness and granulomas.

Duration of Results: Temporary fillers last from three to six months or more; semipermanent fillers last two years or more. Permanent fillers are permanent and can only be corrected through surgical removal.

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