Facial Fillers and Cosmetic Injections Are the Biggest Trends in Dermatology
What are the dermal fillers?
Hyaluronic Acid fi llers have become popular soft tissue filler augmentation agents over the past several years. They have helped revolutionize the filler market with a number of new products available for use for our patients.
HA fillers are typically soft and gel-like. The results are temporary, lasting 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.Full cheeks, smooth skin, plump lips: Some people have them naturally, while others get a little help from their dermatologists with dermal fillers. If you can’t quite tell which category a celebrity or someone you know fits into, well, that’s the point. The latest injectable treatments are easy to get (if not cheap), long lasting, and designed for subtlety. They’re also perfectly safe, provided you go to a reputable doctor. If you’re curious about fillers, these are the things to know before getting pumped up.
Fillers made from hyaluronic acid, which is naturally found in the skin, are derm favorites:
First things about fillers : Dermal fillers aren’t the same as neurotoxins like Botox. The kind of materials such as BOTOX “freezes” muscles to reduce wrinkles, while fillers smooth out skin by filling wrinkles. Collagen used to be a common filler, but these days most fillers, use hyaluronic acid. Thanks to its ability to store moisture, hyaluronic acid is responsible for giving skin a plump, hydrated look. It’s used topically to moisturize, but a cream or serum can’t restore lost volume only injectable hyaluronic acid can. Once injected it can add to the natural plumping action, or replenish your body’s natural production of hyaluronic acid, which diminishes as you age . These fillers have crosslink with the hyaluronic acid.
One injection can make skin look plumper and smoother for several months, and maybe 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. Results typically last for three to six months, depending on the location of the injection. 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, although they are excellent at this too! Here are a few of the common issues dermal fillers can help address:
- Smooth out lines around nose and mouth (a.k.a. marionette lines, smile lines, 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 among facial features
How Long Do the Results Last?
How long the effects of dermal fillers will last depends on the product, the area of treatment, and the patient. Generally speaking, the denser the product is and the more deeply it is injected, the longer it will last, although this is not a hard and fast rule. To maintain your results, your cosmetic surgeon will simply repeat treatment, adjusting the amount and techniques as necessary 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, during which you will meet with your doctors to discuss your concerns and goals.
Pre – treatment consultation:
During your consultation, your dermatologist will evaluate your area of concern and review your medical history. While the risks associated with dermal fillers are minimal, you need to fully disclose your medical history prior to treatment, as certain allergies, skin and neurological conditions, or medications can jeopardize your safety or results. For instance, 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 filler is invisible:
Trout pout and duck lips are a sure-fire sign of filler. But when expertly injected, filler should look natural. The changes we can make are so subtle that nobody would notice. Instead of seeing filler, you should see the good changes.
It matters who does your filler:
The fear with injectables is that someone is going to look like the bad form. Injection is an art, so you want to find an artist whose work you like. Every specialist has different philosophies, techniques, and levels of experience. when you choose your dermatologist, you can ask them that show you the before and after pictures of patients who done it previously. Be sure you and your physician communicate about realistic results and your expectations, it’s your face, after all.
Don’t be afraid to ask about training and certification, too. Even though dermal fillers are available at Med Spas, you should see only licensed and trained physicians and dermatologists for any injectable treatment. Just like any medical procedure, there are risks for infection, discoloration, and lumps if injections are done incorrectly.
Fillers can be used for prevention as well as to treat lines you already have:
Though there is absolutely no need to go running out for fillers before you even see your first wrinkle, people are starting treatments younger than ever before. According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, in 2015, the majority of member facial plastic surgeons saw an increase in cosmetic surgery or injectable treatments in patients under age 30. Many dermatologists say that starting relatively young may have benefits. It depends on the person. It’s much better to play the game of prevention than the game of correction.” But keep in mind, there are other cheaper ways to prevent aging, including wearing sunscreen.
Different fillers do different things:
While the bulk of filler is made with hyaluronic acid, different particle sizes will deliver different results. the filler has larger particle sizes think of them like the bricks of a foundation. Those larger particles have the heft to “rebuild” thinned cheekbones, while a smaller particle size, works better for addressing fine lines and plumping lips. A good dermatologist will explain the ideal treatment plan for you, but know that the most natural-looking results may require more than one weight of filler.
Bad filler can happen, but it doesn’t have to stay that way:
If you’re unhappy with the way filler looks, don’t panic in most cases, you can have it adjusted. A dermatologist might inject additional filler for balance, or she can dissolve it altogether. The wonderful thing about hyaluronic acid fillers is that there’s an enzyme that can be injected into the area to dissolve the product. It just goes away.
There are some times you shouldn’t get fillers injected:
Though fillers are considered safe, there are a few reasons to postpone an injection. If you’re:
- You’re battling a sinus infection
- It’s best to hold off, as any infection in the facial area could spread to the injection site.
And here’s one more you might not think about:
- Don’t get filler right before a teeth cleaning or other dental treatment. These procedures require pressure and stretching of the face that could potentially misplace fillers. Waiting at least a few days, or preferably a week, is ideal.
Post-Treatment Instructions for Filler Injections:
Immediately after the treatment, the most common reported side effects are temporary redness and swelling at the injection site. These effects typically resolve within two or three days.
- Cold compresses may be used immediately after treatment to reduce swelling. If the inconvenience continues beyond two or three days or if other reactions occur, please contact your physician.
- Avoid touching the area within six hours following treatment. After that, the area can be gently washed with soap and water
- Until the initial redness and swelling have resolved, avoid exposure of the treated area to intense heat (sun lamp or sun bathing ,Swimming , Dry & Steam Sauna)
- If you have previously suffered from facial cold sores, there is a risk that the needle punctures could contribute to another recurrence. Speak to your physician about medications that may minimize a recurrence.
- 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 at the injection site.
- Avoid exercise and alcohol for 6 hours post-treatment
- Evidence shows that having a follow-up treatment before the product has fully dissipated will enhance the lasting effect. Please be sure to consult your physician about recommendations for touch-up or follow-up treatments.
If you love the look of your fillers, you’ll have to keep going back for more:
After about six months, the hyaluronic acid fillers are naturally broken down by the body. So, you have to get touch-ups once or twice a year to maintain the look. However, this is good news if you’re just want to try fillers once or twice, since the effects will fade away without any long-term risks. It’s important to note that getting filler doesn’t stop your skin from aging completely, so you could need more filler to get the same results over time.