Health Watch - Facing the Mirror: Facial Fillers

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about ways to improve what you see in the mirror. Facial fillers offer a way to smooth out wrinkles and make you look younger, but even though they’re expensive, this is something that’s worth doing right.

You can buy just about anything on the Internet, including facial fillers for fixing frown lines and wrinkles. Dr. Jeffrey Kenkel, vice chairman of plastic surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says you should see a board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist instead of trying to do it yourself. It takes some expertise to know that the material being injected is authentic, and to ensure that the right amount is used and that it’s injected properly. If fillers are injected the wrong way, the result can be infection, droopy eyelids or the filler spreading to unwanted places. It’s a lot more expensive to correct problems from something going wrong than it is to consult the right professional in the first place.



June 2011

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