Health Watch - Looking Good: Filler Techniques

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This week on Health Watch, we’ve been talking about looking good for holiday parties and gatherings. Injectable fillers can help smooth lines and wrinkles, leading to a younger appearance. A new technique pioneered at UT Southwestern Medical Center makes the procedure quicker and less painful.

The procedure combines the anesthetic lidocaine with the fillers. That instantly reduces the pain and means that doctors don’t have to wait for local anesthetic to take effect before beginning the procedure. Dr. Rod Rohrich, UT Southwestern’s chairman of plastic surgery, says this means patients have less discomfort and don’t have to spend as much time in the doctor’s office. It also allows a shorter recovery time from the procedure. Doctors at UT Southwestern have been using this technique for more than two years, and it’s now becoming standard.

Visit www.utsouthwestern.org/plasticsurgery to learn more about UT Southwestern’s clinical services in plastic surgery.


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December 2009

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