Facial fillers and cosmetic injections are the biggest trends in dermatology
What are dermal fillers?
Hyaluronic Acid fillers are soft tissue filler augmentation agents which have become popular over the past few years. They have helped revolutionize the filler market industry with a number of new products available for use.
HA fillers are typically soft and gel-like. The results are temporary and last 6 to 12 months or longer before the body gradually and naturally absorbs the particles. Most HA fillers are infused with lidocaine to help minimize discomfort during and after treatment. Some people naturally have voluminous cheeks, smooth skin, plump lips, while others get a little help with dermal fillers. A procedure has been done well if you can’t quite tell which category a celebrity or someone you know fits into. The latest injectable treatments are easy to get (if inexpensive), long lasting, and designed for subtlety. They’re also safe provided you go to a reputable doctor. If you’re curious about fillers, these are some points worthy of knowing before procedure.
Fillers made from hyaluronic acid, naturally found in the skin, are derm. favorites
Dermal fillers aren’t the same as neurotoxins such as Botox. Materials such as Botox ‘freezes’ muscles to reduce wrinkles while fillers smooth out the skin by filling wrinkles. Collagen used to be a common filler, but most fillers use hyaluronic acid nowadays. Thanks to its ability to store moisture, hyaluronic acid is responsible for giving skin a plump and hydrated look. It’s used topically to moisturize but a cream or serum can’t restore lost volume; that’s only done by injectable hyaluronic acid. Once injected, it can add to the natural plumping effect or replenish the body’s natural production of hyaluronic acid. These fillers have crosslinks with the hyaluronic acid.
One injection can make skin look plumper and smoother for several months and maybe even longer
One of the reasons injectable hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers are increasingly popular is their ability to add volume and decrease wrinkles with a single visit to the dermatologist’s office. Results typically last for three to six months depending on the injection site. Research suggests that HA injections may stimulate collagen production leading to fresher-looking skin in the long run.
How can dermal fillers enhance your appearance?
While dermal fillers are casually known as ‘wrinkle fillers’, they can do much more than just smooth out wrinkles. Here are a few common issues dermal fillers can help address:
- Smooth out lines around the nose and mouth (marionette lines, smile line, and parentheses)
- Enhance & restore volume to sunken cheeks or temples
- Diminish vertical lip lines
- Plump & enhance the lips
- Smooth out a chin crease
- Improve symmetry of facial features
How long do the results last?
Dermal fillers will last depending on the product, the area of treatment, and the patient. Generally speaking, the denser the product and the deeper it’s injection, the longer it will last. Keep in mind that this is not a hard and set rule. To maintain results, a cosmetic surgeon will simply repeat the treatment with adjusting amounts and techniques needed to ensure optimal results. Hyaluronic acid fillers tend to be the most temporary option and therefore are often recommended for first-time filler patients. These will typically last from 6 to 18 months. Injections to the lips will wear out a little faster than those to the nasolabial folds. Certain HA fillers, such as VOLUMA, are formulated to last longer but are usually limited to certain areas such as the cheeks.
What to expect during treatment
Dermal filler injections are non-surgical and typically completed during an office visit. Your initial treatment will begin with a consultation in which you will meet with your doctor to discuss your goals and concerns.
During your consultation, your dermatologist will evaluate your areas of concern and review your medical history. Associated risk with dermal fillers are minimal, yet, you need to fully disclose your medical history prior to treatment. This is because certain allergies, skin and neurological conditions, or medications can jeopardize one’s safety or results. You need to tell your doctor if you have been taking NSAIDs (e.g., aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen) or blood thinners, as these increase the likelihood of bruising.
Good fillers are invisible
Trout pout and duck lips are a sure sign of fillers. Fillers should look natural when expertly applied. Our team makes subtle and discreet changes . Instead of just fillers, we display an invisible makeover.
Your dermatologist matters
The fear with injectables is having a bad look afterwards. Filler injections can be seen as an art, which makes it vital that you to find an artist whose work you like. Every specialist has different philosophies, techniques, and levels of experience. Be sure to ask your chosen dermatologist of previous patients’ before and after pictures. Discuss about realistic results and expectations as it’s your face after all.
Don’t be afraid to ask about training and certification. Even though dermal fillers are available at Med Spas, you should only approach licensed and trained physicians and dermatologists for any injectable treatments. Just like any medical procedure, there are risks of infection, discoloration, and lumps if injections are done incorrectly.
Fillers can be used for prevention as well as treatment of fine lines
There is no need to use fillers before the appearance of one’s first wrinkles, yet, individuals are starting treatments earlier than ever before. According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, in 2015, the majority of facial plastic surgeon members saw an increase in cosmetic surgery and injectable treatments in patients under the age of 30. Many dermatologists say that starting young may have benefits, although it mainly depends on the individual. It’s much better to play the game of prevention than the game of correction. Keep in mind that there are alternative and less expensive ways for the prevention of aging such as the usage of sunscreen.
Different fillers do different things
While most fillers are made with hyaluronic acid, different particle sizes will deliver different results. Fillers have large particle sizes such as the bricks of a foundation. Those large particles have the texture to ‘rebuild’ thinned cheekbones, while the smaller particle size fillers work better for fine lines and the plumping of lips. A good dermatologist will explain the ideal treatment plan for you. Keep in mind that the most natural-looking results may require more than one filler dosage.
Bad fillers may occur, but it doesn’t have to stay that way:
Don’t panic if you’re unhappy with the way your fillers look. You can get it adjusted in most cases. A dermatologist may inject additional fillers for symmetry or may dissolve it altogether. The wonderful thing about hyaluronic acid fillers is that it cann be completely dissolved by innjecting an enzyme into the needed area.
There are times in which you shouldn’t get fillers
Though fillers are considered safe, there are a few reasons to postpone its injection. Avoid fillers if you are:
- Have a sinus infection
- Have any infections in the facial area which could spread to the injection site
And here’s another thing to consider :
- Don’t get fillers right before a dental cleaning or other dental treatments. These procedures require pressure and stretching of the facial muscles, which could potentially misplace fillers. It’s best to wait at least a few days or preferably a week before treatment.
Post-Treatment Instructions for Filler Injections
The most common reported side effects are temporary redness and swelling at the injection site immediately after treatment. Such side effects typically subside within two or three days.
- Cold compresses may be used immediately after treatment to reduce swelling. Please contact your physician if inconveniences last for more than two or three days or if other reactions occur.
- Avoid touching the area within six hours following treatment. The area can be gently washed with soap and water any time after.
- Until the initial redness and swelling have subsided, avoid intense heat exposure of the treated area (sun lamp or sun bathing , swimming , dry and steam sauna).
- If you have previously suffered from facial cold sores, the risk of reoccurance could be possible as a result of needle punctures. Speak to your physician about medications that could minimize a reoccurance.
- Avoid taking aspirin, non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory medications and high doses of vitamin E supplements for one week after treatment. These agents may increase bruising or bleeding of the injection site.
- Avoid exercise and alcohol 6 hours post-treatment.
- Evidence shows that having a follow-up treatment before the product has fully dissipated will enhance its lasting effects. Please be sure to consult your physician about recommendations for touch-ups or follow-up treatments.
If you love your look with fillers, you’ll have to return for more
Hyaluronic acid fillers are naturally broken down by the body after about six months. This means that you have to receive touch-ups once or twice a year to maintain your original look. This is good news for those who just want to try fillers as the results naturally fade away without long-term risks. It’s important to note that fillers don’t stop skin from its aging process, which means that you might require additionnal fillers to receive the same result over a period of time.