Age-related changes in our bodies include developing new wrinkles on our cheeks or having lower cheekbones than before. These changes take place when we lose some of the fat tissue that supports our skin and are quite natural. Our cheeks begin to droop a little due to the skin on the center of our faces shifting downward over time.
If you’re unhappy with these aging issues, dermal fillers are here. Dermal fillers are treatments that temporarily smooth out small wrinkles on your face or hands, provide the appearance of thicker skin, and minimize other aging symptoms. A medical expert will inject these soft, gel-like substances beneath your skin.
Dermal fillers have received much attention recently, and you may have decided to try them. But there are a few things you should know before you rush out and have fillers to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, contour your nose, plump up your lips or cheeks, or give definition to your jawline.
What are dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers inject soft tissues into the skin at various depths to moisturize, fill out, and smooth it. These face injections address several typical aging symptoms. They may be applied to treat drooping skin, fill in lines, static wrinkles and folds, plump up the under-eye region and get rid of circles and hollows, fill up thinning lips, decrease the appearance of pitted acne scars, and even conduct non-surgical nose jobs. Smoother, plumper and younger-looking skin is the final result of dermal injections.
Are there different types of dermal fillers?
The FDA permits these fillers for use in the hands, lips, and face:
- Hyaluronic acid (Juvederm, Restylane, etc.)
- Calcium hydroxylapatite (Radiesse)
- Poly-L-lactic acid (Sculptra)
- Polymethylmethacrylate (Bellafill)
Your body fat can be used as a face filler by doctors. They process a small quantity of fat from another area of your body (often through liposuction) so that it may be injected into your hands or face.
Dermal filler injections from a board-certified dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon are generally safe, and they may assist you in selecting the best one and managing any adverse effects you may have.
How will you know which dermal filler is best suited for you?
It mainly relies on the region you wish to focus on. The marionette, nasolabial, laugh, and tear trough lines, as well as the cheekbones, neck, and jowl area, are just a few of the annoying static lines that dermal fillers are excellent on.
The best course of treatment for you will be explained by a qualified specialist, but keep in mind that many filler types can be necessary for the results to seem as natural as possible. Within each category, several filler brands exist, and the products’ concentration of the active ingredient and suggested uses (such as plumping the cheeks) vary.
Dermal fillers under the RESTYLANE® brand are available at 360 SkinLab to make the skin look younger and restore volume. Hyaluronic acid is a component of these popular dermal fillers. The skin naturally breaks down this acid over time. Depending on several factors, fillers usually last between six months and two years.
Make sure that your dermal filler practitioner is medically qualified.
Many claim to be able to provide dermal filler treatments, but in reality, doing so safely and efficiently requires competence and medical education.
Before making a direct appointment with a practitioner, look into their credentials. Avoid them if they are practitioners without medical training who have taken a weekend or online course. It should be enough to raise red flags if someone is charging much less filler treatment than competitors.
What to expect during your dermal filler treatment?
To acquire dermal fillers, you must schedule an appointment with us at 360 SkinLab. In this initial session, we will discuss what you like and don’t like about your skin, your objectives, and reasonable expectations. You can schedule your treatment once we have had a comprehensive discussion and decided if a dermal filler is suitable.
Dermal filler injections are non-surgical, minimally invasive treatments that may be carried out under general anesthesia. During treatment, we will inject the dermal filler into the targeted region once the anesthesia has been given. Then we will massage the area to achieve even distribution. Treatments with dermal fillers typically last 15 to 20 minutes.
What is the recovery look like?
The downtime following a filler treatment is minimal because it is a non-invasive procedure. The minor swelling and bruising at the injection site should go away within a week and can typically be concealed by makeup.
Most people resume their regular activities the next day. For at least 24 hours after treatment, you should avoid the sun, exercise, and alcohol. We will guide you on this and other actions necessary for a quick and painless recovery.
When will you see the results?
The product used determines how quickly and long-lasting the outcomes take place. Your benefits could be noticeable immediately, but they often take a few weeks to become completely apparent. They might persist for a year or more.
Are there any risks and side effects of using dermal fillers?
The most frequent injectable adverse effects are redness, bruising, and swelling at the injection site. These side effects will fade over the next several days and should be gone within a week. Risks and side effects are low as long as dermal fillers are administered appropriately by a trained professional. Infections, abnormalities, bumps, and hard lumps known as granulomas may develop if they are not delivered properly, although these are uncommon. You must always visit a practitioner with the proper knowledge and expertise, like 360 SkinLab.
It will help if you inform your provider of any known allergies you have, especially to collagen, as allergic reactions might occur. As for HA fillers, these are naturally occurring chemicals already in the body, so they shouldn’t create an allergic reaction.
Are dermal fillers permanent?
You may always get the filler altered if you’re unsatisfied with how it appears. Depending on the kind, your provider may inject more filler for balance or dissolve it entirely. Hyaluronic acid fillers have the excellent property of dissolving when an enzyme is injected into the region. Thus the substance disappears.
However, when properly injected, filler ought to appear natural. Because of how undetectable the alterations are, nobody would notice.
The Bottom Line
All of this indicates that you should research and bring questions before scheduling a consultation for a cosmetic procedure with a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon.