As we age our bodies naturally stop producing collagen and elastin and we lose volume in areas of our face and lips. Dermal fillers are some of the the most popular and widely available aesthetic treatments for restoring volume and smoothing lines caused by aging, but do you know what makes them so effective? If you’re curious about fillers or are considering the treatment for yourself check out Dr. Menezes’ list of filler fast facts and contact the clinic with your questions or to schedule an appointment.
1. Fillers are made out of hyaluronic acid.
One of the most common questions and concerns we hear from patients considering dermal fillers is what are they made of? Today most fillers including the Restylane and Juvederm products we offer are made from hyaluronic acid which is found naturally in the skin. It’s also a common ingredient found in topical moisturizing creams that you may already use. Applied topically hyaluronic acid is a great moisturizer but it won’t plump skin, smooth lines or replenish your natural hyaluronic acid like an injectable treatment can.
2. Are Botox and fillers the same thing?
No. Botox and Dysport are neurotoxins and work differently than dermal fillers. Neurotoxins work to freeze muscles that cause wrinkles while fillers are injected to plump and smooth the skin.
3. Lasting not permanent results.
Patients who choose hyaluronic acid-based fillers see smooth and plump results in as little as one treatment and results can last up to 6 months. Results are not permanent as you will continue to lose volume with age so if you like the way your skin looks and feels with filler you will need to have it retouched at regular intervals.
4. Experience and technique is important.
Seeing a medical professional for all of your injections is extremely important. Doctors are medically trained to understand the structure of the muscles and function of your body so they know the best way to inject safely and comfortably to get the results you want.
5. Does it hurt?
Everyone has a different level of pain tolerance, but most patients find filler treatment to be quick with very minimal discomfort. At Melinda Menezes, MD we do everything we can to make sure you are as comfortable as possible. Your skin will be numbed with a topical anesthetic and many filler products contain anesthetic ingredients like lidocaine as well. The best way to minimize pain is to tell your doctor your concerns and have a conversation about your pain tolerance before the procedure. We want your experience to be positive and comfortable.
6. What happens if I don’t like the filler after it has been injected?
This is a common concern for patients considering filler for the first time. It is important to know that filler treatments today are designed to be subtle and very natural looking. However, if you do end up with results you don’t like your provider can make adjustments or even dissolve the treatment with an injectable enzyme.
7. Beware of bargains
The phrase “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is” certainly applies to filler. Diluted and counterfeit fillers do exist which is another reason to never, ever seek treatment anywhere other than a medical clinic. Genuine products are not cheap but you can join rewards programs like Brilliant Distinctions and Galderma Rewards to earn discounts and deals. Melinda Menezes, MD patients also earn rewards that can be applied to treatments and products.
8. There are so many options, which filler is right for me?
There are lots of dermal fillers available today and the best way to determine the right product for you is to schedule a consultation with your provider and ask questions. Tell your doctor the areas you are interested in treating and your desired results and they will be able to recommend the right product for you. Some fillers work best in lips while others are designed to plump cheeks and other areas of the face.
9. Are there any side effects I should know about?
Dermal fillers are very safe when performed by a medical professional but they are a medical procedure and side effects can occur. Some patients may experience redness, bruising, pain, itching or swelling at the injection site but these should be mild and temporary. If you do experience these symptoms for more than a few days or pain and swelling increase see your doctor as soon as possible.
10. Timing is everything.
Dermal fillers aren’t just a great way to plump and smooth skin that is already showing signs of aging, but can also be used as a preventative treatment and great addition to a healthy Skin Fitness routine. However, please don’t seek treatment if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or fighting off any skin or sinus infections.
Still curious or ready to try dermal fillers yourself? Check out our results gallery and call Melinda Menezes, MD to schedule an appointment or consultation and get all of your questions answered.