Las Vegas – At the fall Cosmetic Bootcamp (CBC), Shelia Anderson, RN, MSN, CANS, told attendees that fillers such as hyaluronic acid (HA) may last longer than people think. She is a Seattle-based aesthetic nurse.
Regarding patients who have had previous filler injections from other physicians, she said, “I can’t stress this enough.” Sometimes, when she asks a patient if she’s ever had filler injections under the eyes before, the patient swears that she has not. According to HA product labels, “Fillers do not last for a year under the eyes. They can last 2 or 3 years or more. But I’ve taken filler out of tear troughs that had been there 10 years. I know you think that doesn’t happen, but it does.”
She has even treated patients who underwent ArteFill (polymethylmethacrylate) injections over a decade ago. “I’ve got some clients who were in the original FDA trials. And 10 years later, I’m seeing some of the results,” in the form of permanent lumps and bumps.
Before undertaking any injectable rejuvenation treatments, “You need to understand what’s been in their face. They may not tell you, because they don’t remember, or don’t know what it was. But you have to figure that out.”
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