FALLS CHURCH, VIRGINIA OFFICE

313 Park Avenue, Suite 100A
Falls Church, VA 22046

703-516-7600

WOODBRIDGE, VIRGINIA OFFICE

14908 Jefferson Davis Highway
Woodbridge, VA 22191

703-560-9583

SAEED MAREFAT, MD, FACS

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Cosmetic Injectables

Cosmetic Injectables In Virginia

Cosmetic injectables are substances that restore volume and shape to the skin and certain parts of the face. A number of different products have been developed as cosmetic injectables. These substances can help replenish volume to areas that are in need, such as acne pock marks or minor skin irregularities. They can be used to provide bulk and shape to the lips, cheeks, or brow. They have also been used to fill the deep lines that are produced as a result of aging. One of the more popular cosmetic injectables in Virginia has been collagen (Zyderm® and Zyplast®). This substance is made from animal tissue and gets absorbed by the body in about 3 months. Restylane® is a newer product and has the advantage of lasting up to 6 months.

The purpose of injecting Virginia cosmetic injectables is to reduce or eliminate the deep, persistent lines of the face, to contour and shape parts of the face, and to fill in small irregularities in the skin. Common locations for injection of cosmetic injectables have been frown lines and nasolabial folds. Cosmetic injectables in Virginia have also been used to fill deep scars and depressions produced by acne or other conditions that affect the surface of the skin. The choice of filling agent depends on what you want to achieve. There are many choices for cosmetic injectables in Virginia. Some fillers are made from your own body's tissue, such as fat or dermal grafts. The advantage of using your own body's tissue is that it is rarely rejected. In addition, some of these grafts are longer-lasting. The disadvantage of using fat or dermis is that it entails harvesting the graft from some part of your body. The recovery time may be more significant than it would be with a substance such as collagen or Restylane®.

The advantage of using cosmetic injectables that do not belong to your own body is that you do not have to harvest them. They are made by animal or non-animal chemical substances and are ready for injection. However, some people are allergic to these substances, and their body may react in an adverse way. Furthermore, most of these products are not long-lasting. Restylane®, which has been approved for use in the United States, is one of the longer-lasting cosmetic injectables in Virginia. It may last up to 6 months after injection. You should choose the cosmetic injectable that can best address your problem with the minimum of adverse side effects. In order to make this decision, it is best that you discuss this with your plastic surgeon.

The procedure is done by injection of the cosmetic injectable (collagen, Restylane®, Alloderm, etc.) directly into the deep layer of the skin to be treated. The area to be injected can be anesthetized so that you do not feel the sting of the injection. Usually 1-2 cc is enough to produce the desired effect.

After the injection, the area may remain numb as a result of the local anesthetic for 1-2 hours. Occasionally, there may be a small amount of bruising in the injection site. This may be due to a small blood vessel being injured during the injection. The swelling from the injection will be completely gone in 1-2 days. Within 2-3 days, you will start to see the beneficial effects of this medicine. The facial lines will become softer and less conspicuous. Cosmetic injectables such as Restylane® may undergo periodic swelling and subsiding for several weeks. This is due to the natural absorbent quality of Restylane®. Water may accumulate inside the filler, depending on your hydration state.

What are cosmetic injectables?

Cosmetic injectables are substances that restore volume and shape to the skin. A number of different products have been developed as cosmetic injectables. These substances can help replenish volume to areas that are in need, such as acne pock marks or minor skin irregularities. They can be used to provide bulk and shape to the lips or the brow. They have also been used to fill the deep lines that are produced as a result of aging. One of the more popular cosmetic injectables in Virginia has been collagen. This substance is made from animal tissue and gets absorbed in about 3 months. Restylane® is a newer product that has the advantage of lasting more than 6 months.

What do cosmetic injectables accomplish?

The purpose of injecting cosmetic injectables is to reduce or eliminate deep, persistent facial lines, to contour or shape parts of the face, and to fill in small irregularities in the face. Common locations for injection of cosmetic injectables have been frown lines and nasolabial folds. Virginia cosmetic injectables have also been used to fill deep scars and depressions produced by acne or other conditions that affect the surface of the skin.

What happens during the first cosmetic injectable consultation in Virginia?

In the first consultation, you will have a chance to discuss your concerns with our patient care coordinators and Dr. Marefat. We will explain what you need to know about your cosmetic injectables in Virginia and help to determine what is best for you. You will receive information booklets, review before and after photographs, and receive pricing on the procedure.

How are cosmetic injectable treatments performed in Virginia?

The procedure is done by injection of the cosmetic injectable (collagen, Restylane®, Alloderm, etc.) directly into the deep layer of the skin to be treated. The area to be injected can be anesthetized so that you do not feel the sting of the injection. Usually, 1-2 cc is enough to produce the desired effect.

What can I expect after cosmetic injections?

After the injection, the area may remain numb as a result of the local anesthetic for 1-2 hours. Occasionally, there may be a small amount of bruising at the injection site. This may be due to a small blood vessel being injured during the injection. The swelling from the injection will be completely gone in 1-2 days. Within 2-3 days, you will start to see the beneficial effects of this medicine. The facial lines will become softer and less conspicuous. Fillers such as Restylane® may undergo periodic swelling and subsiding for several weeks. This is due to the natural absorbent quality of Restylane®. Water may accumulate inside the injectable, depending on your hydration state.

When are the cosmetic injectables sutures removed?

There are no sutures with cosmetic injectables.

How many visits do I have after cosmetic injections in Virginia?

We like to see our patients frequently after a procedure. You are seen by the doctor or nurse within 2 weeks of injections. Then, the normal routine is 3 months after injection. Of course, if there is a need, you are seen as many times as necessary. We encourage our patients to come for their follow-up cosmetic injections every 3-4 months.

When can I cover my cosmetic injectables bruises with makeup?

You should be able to put makeup on your bruises immediately. The bruising is less likely to occur if you refrain from taking medications containing aspirin 2 weeks before your injection.

Am I a good candidate for cosmetic injectables?

The ideal candidate for cosmetic injectables is a person who has significant frown lines or laugh lines when his or her face is not animated. You are also a candidate if you have thin lips or insufficient brow fullness. There is no definite age category when the injection should be done. Most patients who seek this procedure are over 30 years old. The ideal candidate for plastic surgery is a self-motivated patient who has realistic expectations about the results. Generally, the younger you are, the better a candidate you are for a procedure. A person’s physiological age is more important than his or her chronological age. That is to say, you may be 60 years old, but your skin and general health may be better than that of most 50 year olds.

Which cosmetic injectable should I use?

This depends on what you want to achieve. Today, we have many choices for cosmetic injectables in Virginia. Some cosmetic injectables are made from your own body's tissue, such as fat or dermal grafts. The advantage of using your own body's tissue is that it is rarely rejected. In addition, some of these grafts are longer-lasting. The disadvantage of using fat or dermis is that it entails harvesting the graft from some part of your body. The recovery time may also be longer when using a substance such as collagen or Restylane®. The advantage of using cosmetic injectables that do not belong to your own body is that you do not have to harvest them. They are made by animal or non-animal chemical substances and are ready for injection. However, some people are allergic to these substances, and their body may react to them in an adverse way. Furthermore, most of these products are not long-lasting. Restylane®, which has been approved for use in the United States, is one of the longer-lasting cosmetic injectables in Virginia. It may last up to 6 months after injection. You should choose the tissue filler that can best address your problem with minimal adverse side effects. In order to make this decision, it is best that you discuss this with Dr. Marefat.

How do I pay for cosmetic injectables in Virginia?

You can pay for your procedure by certified check, credit card, or cash. Payment for cosmetic surgery is expected prior to any procedure. If you are scheduled for a treatment several weeks in advance, you may pay by personal check.

Are there cosmetic injectables scars?

No.

Do cosmetic injectables hurt?

There is minimal temporary discomfort as the injection is being given. Dr. Marefat usually numbs the area to be injected with local anesthetic so that you do not have too much pain.

Will I be awake during my cosmetic injectable treatment?

Yes. You do not need any sedation for this procedure.

Where is the cosmetic injectable treatment performed in Virginia?

The procedure is performed in our Virginia offices.

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Are medical photographs taken of the cosmetic injectable procedure?

Yes. Photographs are mandatory for all cosmetic and reconstructive cases. Photographs are the only way for us to compare your before and after results. Photographs in plastic surgery serve the same role that x-rays do in orthopedic surgery.

How do I get started with cosmetic injectables in Virginia?

Dr. Marefat and the staff at Metropolitan Plastic Surgery would be happy to help you set up a private consultation to discuss cosmetic injectables in Virginia. Schedule an appointment online or call one of our locations at 703-516-7600 (Arlington area) or at 703-560-9583 (Woodbridge).

Are there financing options for cosmetic injectables in Virginia?

Dr. Marefat offers a number of financial assistance programs and payment programs to cover the cost of cosmetic injectables in Virginia. Please visit the patient financing section of our website for more details or ask the staff at Metropolitan Plastic Surgery about these options so that you can get started with cosmetic injectables in Virginia today.