What is a cosmetic filler?

Cosmetic fillers are usually naturally derived products utilized to alter facial volume and improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles.  As we understand more about the elements in facial aging, we are finding broader indications for fillers.  As an example, fillers can be used to reshape the nose, hide the dark circles under the eyes, perform small brow lifts, face lifts, and even be used to fill in deep scars.  Fillers can also be used on the hands to give them a more youthful appearance.  Click here to see before and after photos of our filler patients.

What types of fillers are offered in by Dr. Graham?

Dr. Graham and his staff offer Juvederm, Radiesse, Restylane,  and even your own fat.  Dr. Graham is most excited about fat injection as this can be a permanent filler.

Why should I choose Dr. Graham to perform my filler injection?

Experience –  Dr. Graham is an experienced plastic surgeon, Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS).  He has had specific training in botulinum toxin and other injectables as required by his licensing board (ABPS).  Regularly performing injections and surgery on the face, he has an intimate understanding of the anatomy involved with filler injection and the specific indications for its use.

Safety – Fillers are surgical implants, and their safe usage is best trusted
to a Plastic Surgeon.  In addition to yielding poorrestylane logo appearance, improper usage of fillers can result in infection, facial tissue death, and even blindness. Dr. Graham’s knowledge of anatomy and proper technique significantly lessen the chance of such complications.  It is important that you see someone who performs surgery on the face when you get injectables.  Knowing the nerves, blood vessels, and muscles of the face is important to avoid complications and get the best results.  Many nonsurgical practitioners learn anatomy from a book, but this is unsafe as it is 2D knowledge of a 3D structure (ie. like knowing how to climb a mountain because you saw it on a map).  Also, by seeing a plastic surgeon for your injections, should complications occur you will already be in the hands of the specialist who can fix them for free.  Otherwise, you may ultimately need to see a plastic surgeon, which will be an additional expense.

Less pain – Due to Dr. Graham’s surgical training he is also well versed in the sensory anatomy of the face. He is able to perform several pain blocking anesthesia blocks of which the  non surgeon is either unfamiliar, or unable to perform.

How long does it take fillers to work? How long do these fillers last?

Fillers begin to work immediately.  Depending on the filler and where it is injected they can last 4 months to 2 years.Juvederm Logo

What are the risks of filler injection?

Fillers are surgical implants, and their safe usage is best trusted to a Plastic Surgeon.  In addition to yielding poor appearance, improper usage of fillers can result in infection, tissue death, and even blindness.  Please refer to the following publication issued by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) for further details


How much do fillers cost?

Filler prices vary according to the type and amount used.  A list of Dr. Graham’s filler prices can be found here.

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