Facial Fillers

Facial fillers, the good, the bad, and the ugly..

Facial fillers are used to rejuvenate the face where facial fat and volume have decreased with the aging process. They can also be used to rejuvenate skin and correct facial defects that have occurred due to surgery, trauma, or congenital developments. The best use of a facial filler is to subtly rejuvenate the face without looking unnatural. The pictures below, (Courtesy of Clarity Medical Aesthetics) show what we want our results to look like and what we don’t want. I have seen many pictures, even some doctors who have “training”, and many patients, with the “pillow face deformity” shown in picture 3. In this situation, too much volume creates a mid face that is too wide and the lower lid begins encroaching on the eye creating an unnatural look. Many injectors who are undertrained and have little experience are under the impression that this is the look to go for. Those of us with experience and training, know the purpose of filler is to replace volume where volume has been lost, correct asymmetries, or fill in defects. Experience and training DOES matter. Come see us at Swetnam Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Swetnam is Board-Certified in Facial and Body Cosmetic Surgery and the only board Certified Cosmetic Surgeon in Northwest Arkansas.

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