Dermal fillers are injected under the skin and are used to plump and contour areas that can lose volume with age. The cheeks, under-eye area, lips, temples, and jaw line are all common places for dermal fillers to be used. Dermal fillers are a non-invasive way to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, particularly around the eyes and the nasolabial fold, and they can also help clients improve the appearance of sunken scars.
Treatment & Results
After an initial consultation to discuss your goals and how dermal fillers can help you achieve your desired look, your provider will choose and prepare the injection sites. The filler material will then be injected under the skin using a very fine needle.
You will notice a difference in appearance immediately, but peak results take about a week to achieve. Results usually last between 6 and 18 months depending on the site and type of filler used.
After the filler treatment, it’s normal to experience some swelling, redness, bruising, or tenderness around the injection site. This is usually minor, should not impact your daily activities, and resolves itself after a week or two. Your provider may recommend using ice packs or over-the-counter pain medications to help increase comfort, but blood thinners should be avoided.
How long do fillers last?
Since everyone is different, fillers metabolize differently in every person. Different types of fillers and the areas in which they are used will also determine how long they last. Typical Hyaluronic Acid fillers, like Juvederm, Restylane, and Versa, typically last anywhere from 6 months-1 year. Other types of fillers, like Sculptra and Radiesse, are bio-stimulating fillers that spur the production of your own body’s collagen and, therefore, last longer, typically around 1-2 years. All fillers are considered temporary and will need maintenance appointments to keep desired results.
Does getting filler hurt?
It is realistic to expect some sensation when receiving fillers. Many cosmetic practitioners opt to use numbing agents, either topical or dental blocks, to help with patient comfort during the procedure. It is common to experience swelling, bruising and lumpy appearance while the filler is settling into the skin. It is recommended to ice the area to help reduce swelling and discomfort after the procedure. It is important to note that any extreme pain after the procedure should be reported to your practitioner immediately to avoid adverse effects.
How are fillers different from injectables?
Injectables aim to reduce muscle contraction to prevent wrinkles. Fillers, on the other hand, work to restore volume to areas where volume loss is common. Typically, people have filler injected into their cheeks, lips, nasolabial lines (smile lines), under eye area, and chin. However, filler can also be used in hand rejuvenation to restore youthful appearance of the hands and in rejuvenating the appearance of the neck and decolletage.
How do I know what filler is right for me?
Your cosmetic practitioner will conduct a thorough evaluation prior to receiving services and will be able to determine which dermal filler will be appropriate for your particular needs and desired results.
Can I receive dermal fillers while I’m pregnant and/or breastfeeding?
Unfortunately, we do not recommend pregnant and breastfeeding women receive dermal filler. It is always best to wait until you are no longer pregnant or breastfeeding before you receive any type of medical cosmetic treatments.
Are fillers safe? What are the side effects?
Dermal fillers that have been tested and regulated by the FDA are considered to be safe and effective, however, it is important to stress the importance of choosing a qualified cosmetic injector. Dermal fillers are considered to be safe, but do come with increased risks. Common side effects of dermal fillers range from mild, including bruising, redness, swelling, discomfort and itching, to severe, including a vascular occlusion, scarring, or allergic reaction. A highly trained injector will know the safest way to inject dermal fillers to minimize these risks.
How many syringes will I need to achieve my desired look?
Your cosmetic practitioner will conduct a thorough consultation prior to treatment to determine how many syringes of filler you will need to achieve a certain look. With some areas it’s best to work slowly by adding 1 syringe at a time to gradually build volume to the area and minimize risks and adverse effects. Your cosmetic practitioner should be able to guide you during this process to help you achieve your desired look.
How long until I see results?
Filler is an instant gratification procedure, however, it’s always recommended to wait 14 days before you see your optimal result as the filler needs time to settle into the skin.
Tips from the FDA regarding dermal fillers:
1. ALWAYS work with a licensed health care provider who uses properly labeled, sealed
vials for treatment. You also can ask to confirm that you are receiving an FDA-approved filler. And never get injectable fillers from unlicensed providers or in non-medical settings like hotels or private homes.
2. ALWAYS request and read the patient labeling information on FDA-approved injectable
wrinkle fillers from your licensed healthcare provider.
3. ALWAYS know the type of product to be injected and all of its possible side effects.
Know where each product used is to be injected. Talk to your licensed health care provider if you have any questions.
4. NEVER buy dermal fillers on the Internet. They may be fake, contaminated, and/or
5. NEVER get any type of filler or liquid silicone injected for body contouring. This means
you should never get breast filler, “butt” fillers, or fillers for spaces between your muscles. These products, which include certain types of injectable silicone, can be dangerous and can cause serious injury and even death.
If you’re looking for a customizable treatment that lets you add volume or contour specific features, dermal fillers can deliver long-lasting, natural-looking results. Contact Eye for Beauty Aesthetics to find out more and see if you’re a candidate for this treatment.