Fillers play an important role in anti-aging aesthetic medicine. There have been more than 28 million treatments using Restylane performed since it was approved by the FDA in 1989. Nowadays, there are many filler brands such as Juvederm, Belotero, or Teosyal. However, there are also a lot of myths and misconceptions regarding the use of dermal fillers for cosmetic purposes. Let Thea guide you through the 7 most important things about fillers before receiving this procedure.
1. Dermal fillers help with skin lifting and restoration
Fillers are considered a skin plumping agent. They are usually in the gel form with the main ingredient being chemically modified hyaluronic acid molecules with certain levels of hardness, cohesivity, and elasticity. After being injected into the skin, fillers will restore aging or sagging skin. This will result in a skin lifting effect, making your skin look more youthful and firm. This cosmetic result can be acquired after only one procedure if performed properly.
2. Dermal fillers change the skin texture
The main ingredient in fillers - hyaluronic acid can absorb tons of water and, thus, can increase the size of the epidermis by 200 times. As a result, when fillers are injected into the dermis, they restore and deeply moisturize the skin. They also work on adjusting the skin structure to reduce the appearance of pores and lighten skin. Wrinkles are also improved.
3. The drawbacks of dermal fillers
Fillers are a safe cosmetic choice and an alternative to facial surgical treatment. The cosmetic physicians at Thea will typically recommend that you get fillers for areas like the nose, chin, cheeks, and forehead using stiffer fillers such as Restylane SubQ or Belotero Intense as they will give you an appearance that’s more toned yet still natural.
Nevertheless, fillers are not the right option for many other cases. For example, fillers won’t work for you if you want to reduce your large nose. You need to receive rhinoplasty and nose reduction instead for the best results. It is important for you to share your expectations with Thea’s doctors or cosmetic specialists to see whether a filler treatment can help make these come true.
4. You don’t have to get fillers for the rest of your life
A quite common misconception nowadays is that once you have started receiving fillers, you cannot stop or else your skin will get even saggier. The truth is, after being injected into your skin, fillers help stimulate collagen production. This is why your skin will be more toned after only one session. There will be no significant changes to your skin even when your fillers have lost their effects.
5. More isn’t always better
At Thea, our doctors believe that the biggest problem about today’s filler treatment is may people tend to use too much filler in each session.
Excess fillers may cause swelling. There are 2 major causes of filler overuse: Either the patients themselves asking for extra amounts of fillers or the beauty center trying to sell customers as much as possible to increase their profits.
Keep in mind that fillers will only give you a nicer look at the right doses. Using more fillers doesn’t guarantee a more attractive appearance and the important thing here is to achieve the most natural look. So, don’t hesitate to discuss with your doctor about the right filler doses before going through with this procedure.
6. Your doctor can advise using a different filler from what you want
Think of each filler injection to your face as an artistic stroke on a painting. Each type of filler represents a color and you won’t have a good painting with only one color. Similarly, you won’t be able to get optimal aesthetic results with only one filler. As the skin on each body’s area holds different features, different types of fillers will bear different physical characteristics including softness, lifting properties, and adhesiveness.
Usually, our cosmetic physicians at Thea will provide you with information about the most reputable filler brands on the market, such as Restylane, Juvederm, Teosyal, or Belotero. After that, they will figure out the right treatment plan for you as well as the right filler doses based on your skin condition and expectations.
This explains why your doctor might suggest you receive one (or a few) types of fillers that is different from your initial choice. Don’t hesitate to ask your doctor to explain their recommendations. Specialists at Thea will give you the most satisfying answer by providing you with adequate information.
7. Fillers can produce long-term effects
After being injected into the body, the hyaluronic acid in fillers will reduce in amounts over time. As this process occurs, the fillers lose their hardness, elasticity, and longevity. This means these indexes vary, depending on your physical condition and many other factors such as lifestyle, diet, exercise, face size, and the techniques used.
The results will last longer with frequent filler injections. Thea’s physicians reveal that for many patients, the effects remain even after a few years.
Thea’s cosmetic specialists believe that filler injections are a rather safe non-surgical beauty procedure. Nevertheless, make sure to choose reputable clinics regarding both expertise and ethics for the best results. This is because you can only find fillers from certified sources and highly experienced physicians at these places to get the best outcomes.