Last Year over 2 million injections of facial fillers were performed, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgery. As we age, our faces naturally lose subcutaneous fat. The facial muscles are then working closer to the skin surface, so wrinkles become more apparent. Dermal fillers can be very helpful in those with early signs of aging, or as a value-added part of facial rejuvenation surgery.
Dermal fillers, such as Juvederm, Restylane and Radiesse, can be used to:
- Plump thin lips
- Enhance shallow contours
- Soften facial creases and wrinkles
- Improve the appearance of recessed scars
The popularity of dermal fillers has grown significantly over recent years as these treatments are relatively painless, provide quick results, and require little to no recovery time.
Juvederm and Restylane are composed of Hyaluronic Acid, a naturally occurring sugar found in the body. Hyaluronic Acid holds water at the injection site and acts as a cushioning agent.
Radiesse is a cosmetic filler that has small microspheres (particles) comprised of calcium hydroxylapatite suspended in a gel-like solution.
Tips For Facial Fillers
DO YOUR RESEARCH
In today’s market there are many different types of dermal fillers each of which address different concerns. Hyaluronic acid based fillers like Juvederm and Restylane, for example, are effective in restoring moisture and plumpness into the skin by attracting water to the treated area, while Radiesse is better for deeper lines and for restoring volume.
It is important to understand what injectables are capable of treating and to know what realistic results will be. An experienced injector should be able to guide you to the best course of treatment to achieve your desired results.
PICK THE RIGHT PROVIDER
Just like any other medical procedure selecting the right provider is important. When deciding who to trust for your procedure, make sure the injector has ample experience in using a variety of fillers and is properly (and currently) licensed. It’s always a good idea to review testimonials from previous patients or seek recommendations from friends or family.
Be sure to follow all instructions both before and after your treatment. Failing to follow simple instructions like not taking an aspirin before the procedure or working out after the procedure can make all the difference between a great and not-so-great treatment.
CONSIDER RECOVERY TIME
While injectables require little to no downtime, some individuals will experience minor swelling or bruising immediately following the procedure, both of which subside on their own.
While they are long-lasting, the effects of injectables will eventually wear off. Typically results can last anywhere from four months to six months depending on the specific filler used. Keep in mind that in order to maintain your desired results periodic maintenance treatments will be necessary.