Collagen Fillers

Conveniently located to serve St. Louis, Missouri

collagen fillersThe advancement of (collagen) Fillers has reduced the need for more aggressive procedures such as facelifts. Since the aging process involves loss of volume in the face and subsequent deflation of the forehead, glabella, cheeks, jowls and chin, Fillers may be used to replace the deficit and produce a more youthful appearance.

In the past, Fillers were used predominantly to fill the lips and in the nasolabial folds (parenthesis lines). They may still be used in these areas; however, current techniques have changed to reverse the actual causes of aging and not just the effects it causes. As the cheek ages and deflates, it droops over the nasolabial fold and jowls appear over the jaw line. Dr. Cabbabe now prefers to reverse this process by filling the cheeks with Fillers. This restores volume to the cheekbones, raises the cheek to improve the nasolabial fold and jowls. Additional Filler can be used in the nasolabial fold if needed.

Fillers can also be used to rejuvenate the forehead, global (between the eyebrows), the temples, around the eyes and mouth and the chin. The cumulative effect can be significant and stunning.

Dr. Cabbabe incorporates his experience with reconstructive and cosmetic surgery of the face to give patients the best results possible to meet their desires. He is also an expert in minimally invasive cosmetic surgery of the face and has published on these topics. His patients have a natural, refreshed look after surgery. During your consultation, Dr. Cabbabe will carefully examine your entire face including the brow, upper and lower eyelids, face and neck. He will make recommendations in order to help you achieve your desired result while maintaining facial harmony.

Preparing for the Procedure

Dr. Cabbabe will ask that you refrain from taking any aspirin, plavix, Coumadin, ibuprofen or any other type of blood thinner. Dr. Cabbabe will precisely mark the planned injection sites.

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The Procedure

Dr. Cabbabe will precisely mark the planned injection sites then clean them with alcohol or other product. The procedure length is 15-60 minutes on average. Topical or local anesthesia may be used. Many Fillers contain local anesthesia. Dr. Cabbabe always prefers to do nerve blocks before injecting the lips to prevent discomfort. Fillers are then injected in the desired site until the result has been achieved. Massaging is then done to smooth out the Filler in each area. No sutures are generally needed.

Your Collagen Fillers will be performed in a hospital or surgery center in St. Louis, MO.


Ice will be provided to reduce brushing and discomfort. Pain medication is generally not needed. Bruising and swelling may be present after the injection, depending on the site. Dr. Cabbabe may ask you to keep your head elevated to decrease swelling. Patients are able to shower the same day.


Possible complications include asymmetry, under for over correction, irregular contours, vascular ischemic events or embolism. These could potentially require additional surgery.

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