Soft facial implants are non-allergenic synthetic material that is injected through a specific device and typically used in deeper lines.
The fillers are typically injected through a fine needle with minimal discomfort. Local or topical anesthesia can be utilized to minimize the discomfort or to minimize the pain. These injections have to be repeated periodically depending on the filler utilized. Among all these fillers the fat injection appears to be the most permanent and most natural at this point. Restylane® is a very popular filler that has gained popularity in the past year or two. It is a hyaluronic acid clear gel that is injected through a fine micro-needle. Typically it is applied after regional or topical anesthesia. Some swelling is experienced for a day or two and normal daily activities are resumed almost immediately after the procedure which takes only a few minutes. This has proven to be very effective especially in lip enhancement lasting almost twice as long as standard collagen implants. This material is not extracted from animals so there is no risk of allergic reaction and no allergy test is required. Hyaluronic acid is a material that is present in the skin and is natural to it and injecting it is natural. This product has been used in Europe and Canada for many years and proved its safety before it was approved by the FDA in the United States. Maintenance therapy typically is required after 6 to 12 months.