Hyaluronic Acid Fillers

Quick Summary
Hyaluronic Acid Fillers
Active Ingredient
Hyaluronic acid
Procedure Length
10-30 Minutes
Pain, infection, allergic reaction
Recovery Time
Back to work immediately
Side Effects
Possible discomfort, swelling, bruising
Final Appearance
2 weeks
Duration of Results
12-18 months (Depending on type of HA filler)
Average Cost
$500-$800 per syringe

What are hyaluronic acid fillers?

Hyaluronic acid fillers (HA) are a popular choice for reducing the facial lines and wrinkles that result from aging. Such fillers are made from hyaluronic acid, a molecule found naturally in the body’s connective tissues and skin. Once injected, they plump up facial skin that may have lost volume or elasticity as part of the aging process, filling in wrinkles from the inside and making the skin appear younger and rejuvenated.

Types and cost of HA fillers

On average, the cost of HA fillers is between $500 to $800 per syringe. The exact cost depends on the brand name used, the volume of filler, the geographic location and experience of the healthcare provider performing the injection. Here is the average cost for some of the most popular HA fillers.

While cosmetic injections are not usually covered by health insurance, many doctors offer flexible financing and payment plans to help their patients afford these treatments.

Are you a candidate?

These injections are commonly used as a treatment for the facial folds and wrinkles that occur as a result of aging. Popular treatment areas include:

  • Forehead lines
  • ‘Worry lines’ between the eyebrows
  • Smile lines, or the ‘nasolabial fold,’ running from the corners of the mouth to the nose.
  • ‘Crow’s feet’ around the eyes
  • Plumping up the lips or cheeks
  • Marionette lines (running vertically down the chin from the edges of the mouth)

Most patients are 30 to 65 years old and are looking to reverse the signs of aging, although people both older and younger may receive hyaluronic acid injections.

Hyaluronic acid filler treatment areas

Treatment details

Injections of HA-based fillers are performed while patients sit in a chair in the doctor’s office. The treatment takes an hour or less; many people call the use of injectable fillers a ‘lunchtime facelift’ because of the short time needed for treatment.

Some formulations contain lidocaine, a local anesthetic. In other cases, the doctor will administer a topical or local anesthetic in order to make treatment as comfortable as possible.

During the procedure, the chosen filler is injected through a thin needle into the targeted area of skin. The exact volume of HA filler injected depends on the depth of the wrinkle, amount of change desired, skin type, and other factors.

After injection, the skin may be massaged in order to smooth the injected material and ensure the most aesthetically pleasing and natural-looking results.

Following treatment, patients are free to leave the doctor’s office immediately.

The best types of doctors to administer this treatment are board-certified dermatologists, plastic surgeons, or facial plastic surgeons.

Safety information

Patients may experience minor bruising, swelling, redness, or tenderness at the point of injection. Because hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the body there is less risk of an allergic reaction, unlike with some other cosmetic fillers.

Recovery time

Most patients experience little to no downtime. This is one reason why many patients opt for hyaluronic acid fillers over surgery. There are no incisions, no bandages, and no restrictions on your activities after the procedure is complete.

When to expect results

Once injected, the hyaluronic acid improves the structure of the skin while attracting water molecules, which aids in hydration and increasing skin volume. Some of the results will be visible immediately, while others may take a week or two to become apparent.

How long will your results last?

Depending on the HA filler solution used, the results may last up to 12 months or longer.

To learn more about hyaluronic acid fillers, visit the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery website.

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