While injectable fillers can be administered on the same day of the consultation, it is advisable to do it on a specified date at least 10 days after the first consultation. This is due to several factors that can directly affect the overall success of the procedure, such as the availability of the chosen filler material or the medications the patient may have taken (some medications can increase the risk of bruising) within the last few days prior to their consultation.
Before proceeding with the treatment, Dr. Sedgh may use ice packs and a topical anesthetic to numb the area and prepare it for injection. In some cases, local anesthesia may be administered beforehand to minimize the pain and discomfort for particularly sensitive areas, such as the lips. Some fillers, such as Juvederm, contain a mild anesthetic called lidocaine, which should instantly numb the area once injected.
Once the injection sites have been sufficiently numbed, Dr. Sedgh will begin by injecting a controlled amount of filler to the target area. Depending on the size of the area to be treated, this usually involves multiple injections to create natural, well-distributed results. The entire process consists of injecting the filler, massaging the area, and assessing the end result to determine if additional filler is needed.
Filler procedures may take anywhere between 15 minutes to an hour.