Dr. Hutchinson may choose to apply a topical or injectable anesthetic to numb the treatment area and reduce any potential discomfort. The injections will then be administered under the skin into the targeted area to add volume or fill in wrinkles and folds. Most people find the injections relatively painless due to the numbing. After the injection, Dr. Hutchinson may gently massage the treated areas. The treatment usually takes about 30 minutes, depending on the type of correction you want.
Results are visible immediately and will continue to improve over the next few days as any swelling and bruising subside. Results are expected to last at least 6-9 months, but in many cases, may last up to a year or even longer. For the first 24 hours following treatment, you should avoid strenuous exercise, excessive sun or heat exposure, and consumption of alcoholic beverages to help minimize the risk of temporary redness, swelling, and/or itching at the treatment sites. You will also need to avoid rubbing or massaging the treated area for approximately 48 hours.