As time goes on, injectable dermal fillers continue to be a popular option for people who are looking to reduce the signs of aging on their face but who aren’t interested in surgery or don’t have the time or money to spend on facial plastic surgery.
But as with all things, popularity can be both a blessing and a curse.
On one side, there are plenty of fillers available today. For each, ingredients overlap and vary.
On the other side, increased interest in non-surgical fillers also got the rumor mills turning.
While there is plenty of reliable information out there about what fillers can and can’t do, there’s also a lot of information that’s completely inaccurate. The following are just a few of the more common myths you might come across when investigating your filler options.
All Injectables Are Fillers
One thing that Botox, Dysport and Xeomin share in common with dermal fillers is that they are all administered by injection. But that’s where the similarities end. Botox and similar products aren’t fillers at all. The active ingredient in them is botulinum toxin. When injected into specific muscles on the face, the active ingredient keeps the nerves from signaling the muscles. As a result, the muscle relaxes, and any lines or crease that formed because of its movement relax.
Another big difference between Botox and its relatives and fillers is when it begins to work and when results appear after an injection. While most fillers provide immediate results, Botox needs a few days to do its thing. After the muscle is relaxed, the line created fades, usually within a week.
Fillers Last Forever
Some people are hesitant to give fillers a try because they are afraid that they won’t like the results and that they will be stuck with those results for all time. Luckily, that’s not true. Most fillers provide results that last a few months or a couple of years. Juvederm Voluma, used to add volume to the cheeks, can last for up to two years.
Since the results are temporary, many people decide to just live with them until they wear off. In some cases, though, if you are absolutely not happy with your filler, your surgeon can reverse it. The results from fillers made from hyaluronic acid, for example, can be undone with a treatment of hyaluronidase.
Fillers Mean Needles Which Mean Lots of Pain
It’s understandable that people would associate injections with a fair amount of pain. After all, most people remember vaccinations received as children not for their life-saving benefits, but for the sharp twinge they felt when receiving the vaccine.
For the most part, though, the only discomfort people feel when they have a filler injected is a slight pinch. Certain fillers, such as Juvederm, are also available in formulations that include lidocaine, a type of numbing agent. The lidocaine further reduces any discomfort during and after the injection. In general, people often rate the discomfort they feel during an injection as around a 2.5 out of 10, with 10 being the most painful.
The Results Are Always Obvious
Obviously, people want there to be some apparent change after receiving a filler injection. But, few, if anyone, wants to leave the surgeon’s office looking as though they’ve just received a course of fillers.
Luckily, for many people, the results from an injection aren’t blindingly obvious, but instead look natural. People might notice that you look more refreshed, but they shouldn’t be able to say that you’ve received a treatment with Juvederm or another filler. The results from some fillers, such as Sculptra, actually appear gradually, which can help make them seem even more natural.
There are a few ways you can make sure your results are in line with your expectations. One way is to only work with a person who knows what he or she is doing, such as a board certified facial plastic surgeon. The person administering the filler should have ample training and experience. Knowing where to place the injection and how much filler to use is critical when it comes to creating a natural result.
Dr. Ross Clevens, an Ivy League trained facial plastic surgeon, is the surgeon to see if you are in central Florida. The only double board certified, practicing facial plastic surgeon in the area, Dr. Clevens combines medical know-how and artistic talent when providing injectable fillers. To learn more about the fillers he offers, schedule a consultation today by calling (321) 727-3223.