20 Things You Need to Know About Dermal Fillers
Who doesn’t want to be young forever? The facial glow, a face free of wrinkles, and hiding your age is just what everyone wants. Unfortunately, with the passing days, we all age. As we age, the collagen and hyaluronic acid (HA) present in the skin starts to diminish. This causes the face to wrinkle and sag. However, fortunately, to hide this and stimulate the growth of collagen, thank God, dermal fillers are available.
Approved by the Federation of Drug Administration (FDA), these fillers are safe and minimally invasive. Post-procedure bruising is a con to this method, but resolves easily and quickly. There might be some swelling, but that it’s not a point of worry – it’s just minimal.
Before diving into the details of fillers, it’s important to know that there is an initial cost for consultation with a qualified clinician for the treatment.
Let us quickly understand these fillers.
- They are injectable gelsused for smoothing facial appearance.
- They do not interfere with the facial expression of freedom.
- They help in diminishing facial lines.
- They are made up of naturally occurring HA, which stimulate collagen growth.
- They are an alternative to a surgical face lift.
- They are very good in plumping the face to provide smooth deep sets.
- Every filler is unique, and serves a dual function:
- It motivates in creating body’s own collagen while restoring a natural appearance.
- It helps in restoration of collagen lost due to natural process of ageing.
- They are used for different facial parts: cheeks, mouth, eyes, jawline, and lips.
- To restore the original beauty, it takes 15-25 minutes approx. for a filler to work. However, the amount of filler varies with the areas to be restored.
- They last for approx. 18 months from the time of injection, i.e. 6 months.
- There are no reactions to this treatment, but possible side effects include swelling, reddening, discomfort, and bruising – which are mild and disappear in a few minutes.
- There might be a little pain while treatment, but these fillers already contain a local anesthetic to alleviate the discomfort.
- There are other types of fillers apart from the naturally occurring HA filler: ellanse or poly-caprolactone fillers, autologous fat injections, poly-L-lactic acid, calcium hydroxylapatite, and polymethylacrylate.
- The cost of the filler varies depending on various factors: The requirement, type of filler(s) used, and the clinic you choose for administration.
- Always seek for a qualified, certified doctor to have fillers. In addition to this, select an FDA-approved and brand name filler.
- It’s also important to consult a doctor about any previous or current medical conditions before treatment because these treatments may be immunosuppressive and result in some serious skin diseases or skin damage. Therefore, discussing medical history pre-treatment with the doctor will be very helpful.
- If you’re confused about your doctor, then it’s better to not get treated with fillers rather than being treated by an unskilled doctor and face the risk of tissue damage, infection, or scarring.
- They are good for a temporary basis, but for long-term results, the treatment needs regular sittings.
- These are definitely not an option for those who need a lift – of the eye or brow or face. And for them, surgery is the best approach.
- Where can’t these fillers be used: Areas of skin where there is/has been some inflammation, skin-related problems, or diseases.
Overall, these injectable fillers are helpful in providing a plump look to the face plus volume restoration. When these treatments are ongoing, some precautions are a must for long-lasting results, such as lifestyle and exposure to sun. Therefore, treatments along with care at personal level will enhance the result.