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Spa, MD: The Results-oriented Revolution

By: Jeffery S. Dover, MD, and Amy Kamin
Posted: May 29, 2008, from the June 2008 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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Serial puncture. Multiple punctures are made along the length of the defect, and small amounts of the filler are injected in each site.

Regardless of the technique used, it is best to gently massage the material to ensure even placement of the filler.

Indications, benefits and risks

The general indications for the use of injectables are the patient’s desire to enhance their appearance, whether by eliminating the visible signs of aging or improving the appearance of a tired, aged face. These manifest through fine lines and wrinkles, smile and frown lines, crow’s-feet, nasolabial folds, forehead wrinkles and visible lip aging.

As for benefits, injectables are readily available in physicians’ offices, easy to administer, and results can be quick and effective.

As with anything in the medical field, there can be side effects—most are quite minimal, though in rare cases can be more severe. These can include headache, allergic reactions, swelling, redness, tenderness, bruising, lumpiness, and an incomplete or asymmetrical result.

Combination therapies