Fillers

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Fillers are FDA-approved products that are injected into skin creases and hollows to restore more youthful facial contours and soften wrinkles. Simply put, they help to “re-inflate” the skin’s youthful fullness that is lost with age. Also called dermal fillers, soft tissue fillers, or soft tissue augmentation, fillers are popular treatments at Cenla Dermatology for a multitude of cosmetic concerns. Injection of dermal fillers is performed by Dr. Kate Holcomb, Dr. Mara Haseltine, and Dr. Erik Soine, all board-certified dermatologists.

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Fillers

Fillers are FDA-approved products that are injected into skin creases and hollows to restore more youthful facial contours and soften wrinkles. Simply put, they help to “re-inflate” the skin’s youthful fullness that is lost with age. Also called dermal fillers, soft tissue fillers, or soft tissue augmentation, fillers are popular treatments at Cenla Dermatology for a multitude of cosmetic concerns. Injection of dermal fillers is performed by Dr. Kate Holcomb, Dr. Mara Haseltine, and Dr. Erik Soine, all board-certified dermatologists.

Dr. Holcomb trains and supervises physicians nationwide, while also working closely with Tulane University dermatology residents on the proper technique for injecting fillers. Dr. Haseltine is an Assistant Clinical Professor at both LSU School of Medicine and Tulane School of Medicine, and she oversees and teaches LSU dermatology residents in their monthly cosmetic clinic. Dr. Soine is an assistant professor in the department of dermatology at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center where he helps train 1st-year medical students, and he has years of experience in performing cosmetic injectables in private practice in Covington, Louisiana. Our well-trained physicians are happy to discuss how to best treat your cosmetic concerns during an individualized, one-on-one cosmetic consultation with you.

Uses for Injectable Fillers:

Fillers offered at Cenla Dermatology include Voluma, Vollure, Volbella, Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra Plus, and Restylane. These fillers are composed of hyaluronic acid, a substance that naturally occurs in the human body. It is found in high concentrations in our joints and connective tissues, acting as a network to carry nutrients to our skin cells. When injected, the gel adds volume to the tissues and facial structures and draws water to the skin’s surface, keeping it looking supple and fresh. These give an immediate result and can last from 6-18 months depending on the product used.

We also offer Sculptra, which is poly-L-lactic acid, a safe synthetic filler that establishes a framework to soften and lift the face, décolletage, and buttocks by stimulating the body to create new collagen. It takes time to see the results from Sculptra but these can last up to 2 years.

What should I expect after filler? Is there any down time?

Immediately after filler injections you may experience some temporary redness, mild soreness, or slight swelling at the injection sites for a few hours. Your physician will provide you with any needed post-care instructions following your injections, including applying ice packs after treatment. Usually, patients are able to resume normal activities immediately.

Do filler injections hurt?

The physicians at Cenla Dermatology use very small needles and cannulas for their filler injections. Depending on the filler location and patient pain tolerance, there may be slight pressure/ discomfort associated with these injections briefly during the treatment.  However, we take comfort seriously at Cenla Dermatology, and we utilize various comfort measures during and after filler injections to make this process as comfortable as possible. We offer topical numbing agents to treatment areas prior to injection, various distraction techniques during injection, and cold therapy immediately after injection.

When will I notice the results from filler injections and how long do results last?

Treatment results from filler injections depend on the product used for injection, the location of injection, and various patient factors. Usually, filler injections show immediate improvement in the treated skin. In addition, most fillers continue to demonstrate improvement in results over time as they stimulate your skin to make new collagen and/or bring water to the treatment area. Most injectable fillers last anywhere from 6-18 months, but some synthetic fillers may last up to 2 years.

What are the possible side effects of filler injections?

The most common side effects from filler injections are redness, bruising, swelling, and pain. These side effects are temporary and manageable with the help from our experienced providers. If any bruising occurs, the providers at Cenla Dermatology offer complimentary laser treatment of the bruise to reduce its appearance. Less common side effects may include “lumps and bumps” under the skin, skin infection, discoloration of the skin, or allergic reactions. Discuss any concerns you may have with our well-trained and experienced physician injectors at Cenla Dermatology during a private cosmetic consultation.