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5 Popular Plastic Surgery Procedures

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Filler Injection
Filler injections can address deeper lines that Botox may not be able to smooth.
Filler injections can address deeper lines that Botox may not be able to smooth.
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Receiving injections every several months may not seem non-invasive, but other techniques definitely go a step further. One such option is injection of fillers. These fillers range from gels that are available off the shelf (such as hyaluronic acid) to your own fat, which can be harvested and injected to fill wrinkles in the face. Fillers such as hyaluronic acid are temporary and can fill deeper wrinkles that Botox may not work well on. However, these fillers are foreign materials and can sometimes lead to adverse reactions. They can be injected in the physician's office with minimal or no anesthesia.

Fat injection is slightly different. On the one hand, fat is the ideal filler (because it is from your own body and may be a permanent filler), but it also has a significant drawback. To obtain the fat to inject, your plastic surgeon will have to give you sedation or anesthesia and harvest the fat from another part of your body. The stomach and thighs are frequent donor sites. Regardless of the material, fillers can soften the effects of wrinkles but cannot correct looseness of the cheeks, eyelids or neck.