What does it try to accomplish?
The correction of small defects in the skin. It is used to treat fine and deep creases and wrinkles and small depressed scars.
How is it done?
A special solution of hyaluronic acid (which is a structural component of the skin) is injected in gel form with a very fine needle exactly at the site of the defect, thus filling it out and reducing the depth of the crease or scar.
How long does the procedure take?
A few minutes
How long is the stay in the Clinic?
Type of stitches or dressing
Unlikely, but it can occur if small blood vessel is injured by the needle. If this happens the bruising will last for a few days.
There will sometimes be slight swelling limited to the site of the injections. This generally settles within 24 hours. There can also occasionally be some itching and redness that lasts a bit longer.
Pain at time of injection only
How long does it take to recover?
Within a few minutes
When is the final result seen?
In a few days, when any bruising or swelling will have settled
How long does it last?
Two thirds of the injection is likely to be still present at one year after the procedure. Top-up injections can be done at any time.
Complications are not at all likely. If an area is over corrected there will be a small lump that will last for months. This can be a problem in the fine lines around the eyes so the surgeon will be cautious in this area.
Your surgeon must be properly qualified to do the operation and he will advise you what can and what cannot be achieved in your case. Do take that advice.
Dr. Mirza Shehab Afzal Beg is a British trained plastic surgeon possessing the highest qualification of Plastic surgery in UK i.e. FRCS (Plast) which no other surgeon currently practicing in Pakistan has. He has also worked as a Consultant in Plastic Surgery in UK. On his return from UK he is based at Liaquat National Hospital and is also a honorary consultant at Aga Khan Hospital. He has his cosmetic surgery and hair transplant set up at Clifton, Karachi.