Mid/Full-Face Filler

In our youth, our facial structure has the appearance of an inverted triangle. Our temples and cheeks are full, and our overall face appears lifted. As we age, that triangle begins to flip upside down; our temples start to hollow, cheeks begin to deflate and droop, and the mid and lower face begins to sag. These changes can cause our faces to look gaunt, nasolabial folds and marionette lines to become more pronounced, and jowling to occur. Dermal fillers can help restore lost volume back to the temples, mid-face, and lower face. At Infinite Youth, our PAs will create an individualized mid/full-face filler plan to create natural volume restoration and a more youthful appearance to the face.

What should I expect before my mid/full-face filler appointment?

  • Avoid any blood thinning products for one week before your appointment, such as fish oil/omega 3, vitamin E, and NSAIDs (Ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil, Aspirin). Alcohol and smoking can also increase your chance of bruising.
  • Arnica Montana (Arnicare) is an herbal product that helps minimize swelling and bruising. It comes in both topical and oral tablet versions. Take the oral tablets at least two days before filler to help minimize bruising.
  • Don't schedule your filler within two weeks of a special event. We want to ensure enough time for healing before these events.
  • You may come in with makeup on, but it will be taken off in areas that are injected
  • Avoid vaccines or dental appointments two weeks before your filler procedure.

What should I expect during my mid/full-face filler appointment?

  • Your provider will review the procedure again at your visit and ask if you have any questions before beginning.
  • The procedure can take anywhere from 30-90 minutes, depending on the extent of treatment and the number of areas being treated.
  • We will use ice to ease any discomfort associated with the injection process during your appointment. All the fillers we use have numbing agents within the product, making the injection process very comfortable. Most patients say the pain is 1/10 on a pain scale.
  • The areas we address in the mid-face and full-face filler appointments include temples, cheeks, nasolabial folds, chin, and marionette lines.

What should I expect after my mid/full-face filler appointment?

  • You will have swelling, bruising, and tenderness in the injected areas, which may take up to 2 weeks to resolve. Most of the healing happens within the first week.
  • Try to lightly ice the injected areas for five minutes 2-4 times daily for 2-3 days after the filler is placed. Do not push hard with the ice.
  • Try to sleep on your back (not on your face or injected areas) the night of injections. The filler could move or flatten.
  • Try to sleep elevated with another pillow under your head for the first few nights to reduce swelling.
  • Apply or take arnica until bruising and swelling are gone.
  • You may shower and wash your face as usual. Makeup and moisturizers may be worn after injections as well.
  • You will feel the filler for the first week or so; it may even feel hard or lumpy. The filler will soften up, smooth out, and feel like your own tissue again within two weeks.
  • Avoid exercising for 24 hours and air travel for 72 hours.
  • Avoid dentist appointments and vaccines for two weeks after your filler appointment.
  • Drinking plenty of water and avoiding a high-salt diet will help minimize swelling.
  • Use Tylenol (acetaminophen) for any discomfort.

How long does mid/full-face filler last?

Mid/full-face filler will last 1-2 years, depending on the type of filler your provider chooses. We typically see our mid/full-face filler patients annually for maintenance.

Is mid/full-face filler reversible?

  • We use hyaluronic acid (HA) filler in the under eye, which slowly breaks down over time, so it is not considered a permanent filler.
  • The hyaluronidase enzyme can dissolve/break down HA fillers quickly. We can inject this into treated areas with immediate results. So yes, HA fillers are "reversible."
  • We always carry hyaluronidase in the clinic, which can dissolve HA fillers if needed.