Dr. Craig Oser Plastic Surgery

Plastic Surgeon Pittsburgh

Procedures

Injectables

Over time, the signs of the aging process are displayed prominently on our faces with the development of wrinkles, drooping and the loss of elasticity. Skin cells replace themselves more slowly, and the thick underlayer of the skin, the dermis, begins to thin. The network of elastin and collagen fibers that allows our skin to stretch and retract begins to unravel, and the fat layer under the dermis sags (elastin and collagen are proteins found in the body's connective tissue.) Sweat and oil glands slow production, and the skin can no longer retain moisture.

The thinner and less elastic skin tends to sag and fold. Permanent crease lines and crow's feet form on the brow and around the eyes. The eyebrows drop, and loose skin folds around the upper and lower eyelids. Tiny wrinkles form around the lips. The tissues of the jaw and neck droop into jowls and double chins. The skin of the neck droops into folds and wattles. Of course, exposure to sun, alcohol consumption and your heredity are all contributing factors in the aging process.

Dr. Craig Oser can minimize these aging effects and help you look more youthful and radiant, by restoring facial contours and reducing the appearance of lines and creases. He uses the very latest latest procedures on the market today. Called injectible fillers, these minimally invasive treatments offered by Dr. Oser can plump thin lips, enhance shallow contours, soften facial creases and wrinkles, and improve the appearance of recessed scars. He offers the latest and most advanced procedures which treat the effects of the aging process on your skin. During a consultation Dr. Oser will discuss which of the following treatment options are right for you, including the procedure, the recovery process and associated costs.

Procedures for Injectable Fillers* 

Step 1. Your surgeon will carefully evaluate your facial appearance and skin tone, and examine the areas of your face to be augmented with injectable fillers. 
Step 2. Strategic points on your face may be marked as guides to the appropriate injection sites for the filler. 
Step 3. The injection sites will be cleansed with an antibacterial agent and icing or a topical numbing agent may be offered to make more sensitive patients comfortable. In some cases, the filler itself will contain an anesthetic agent. In other cases local anesthetic may be administered to the treatment site. 
Step 4. Injection takes only a few moments per site and a few minutes for a course of treatment. 
Step 5. Following injection, any markings will be cleansed and icing may be offered to alleviate any temporary, minor discomfort. Makeup may be carefully re-applied so long as care is taken not to apply pressure to the treatment area.

Filling wrinkles or recessed scars involves multiple injections. In some cases where deeper injection of fillers is required, a local anesthetic may be used prior to treatment.

Common sites for deeper tissue fillers are the nasolabial folds and marionette lines, or to enhance fullness in the cheeks.

Soft tissue augmentation of the lips requires multiple injections to distribute the filler for enhanced lip fullness and to raise or define a cupid's bow or vermillion border.

An improved appearance is visible almost immediately, although minor swelling or bruising may appear at the injection sites.

*Information courtesy of American Society of Plastic Surgeons