If you are the kind of person who is very interested in maintaining an optimal personal appearance, there are a couple of things that you probably like to do. First of all, while you might like to indulge every once in a while, you usually keep to a very healthy diet. You also like to exercise whenever possible. So, being as diligent as you are, when you first noticed that you were developing fine lines and wrinkles, you wanted to do something about it.
There are various dermal filling procedures that are available, and one of those is called Perlane. In order to have a better understanding as to how Perlane works, it is necessary to know more about how fine lines and wrinkles are caused. When a person is born, he or she has a lot of a natural substance known as Hyaluronic acid in their skin.
Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance that cushions the skin. As a person gets older, the amount of Hyaluronic acid that they have in their skin becomes lessened, and this becomes visibly noticeable through the fine lines and wrinkles that appear. Certain habits, such as smoking or frequent unprotected skin exposure, can result in fine lines and wrinkles appearing in younger people.
Perlane is a procedure that involves injecting the problematic wrinkles and fine lines with a biocompatible (meaning that it works well with the body) form of Hyaluronic acid. This substance then fills out the fine lines and wrinkles, thus giving the patient more youthful looking skin. This treatment is also sometimes used to treat scars, as well as various facial depressions.
People who are interested in possibly getting Perlane are, of course, interested in finding out how long the injected substance itself lasts. After having the procedure done, the improvement is usually immediately visible, and those results should last anywhere from six to eight months.
Another thing that prospective patients are usually curious to know about is in regard to what the process (including the time before the procedure itself) consists of. Before the patient can actually have the procedure done, it is very important that he or she schedule a consultation with the doctor who will be administering the injections.
The consultation is a time when the doctor will examine the fine lines and wrinkles on the patient and determine which would benefit the most (usually the deeper ones) from the injections. This will also be a time for the doctor to ask the patient questions about their previous medical history, as well as what their goals are for how they will look after the procedure.
The procedure itself is an outpatient one, which means that there is no hospital stay that is needed. The patient should arrive at the facility with a clean face (specifically this in regard to the necessity of women not arriving with makeup on their face). The face will then be sanitized with an antiseptic, and a topical anesthetic cream might be applied. Once that has been done, the injections will be given, and although there will be some slight swelling after the procedure, most patients are able to return to their usual activities.