What to Know Before Getting Filler Injections
Getting facial filler injections has become one of the most popular beauty trends in recent years, thanks to celebrities and Instagram models around the world showing off the results of the procedure. Fillers can make people feel more confident about the way they look without using surgery, without the heavy price of surgery, and without the commitment of making a permanent change to your face.
In 2017 alone, there were 2.69 million soft tissue procedures, which is a 3 percent jump from 2016, and that percentage is only expected to climb. Despite how popular it is, it's still important to know what you're getting into when getting fillers. After all, it's a big decision, and if you don't do your research, you could end up making a decision you'll regret.
Here are some things you need to know before getting filler injections.
What Are Fillers?
Fillers are made of hyaluronic acid, a substance naturally found in the body. Fillers are injected into soft tissue to fill wrinkles, provide facial volume and augment facial features. Most fillers are temporary because they are eventually absorbed by the body.
The most popular and most widely used by professionals are Juvederm and Restylane. Juvederm Voluma is thicker and is ideal for the cheekbone area. Restylane is often used for enhancing the lips because it is thinner and looks more natural.
Other types of fillers include Radiesse, which is a mineral-like substance often found in human bones; it is often used for targeting immediate volume depletion. There is also Sculptra, which is made of poly-L-lactic acid, a synthetic, nontoxic, biodegradable substance. Sculptra differs from the other three in that it is considered a stimulant, and instead of producing immediate results, it stimulates your body's production of collagen, so results appear gradually over time. The results often look more natural and last longer.
Where Can Fillers Be Injected?
Fillers are meant to be injected into soft tissue, which can apply to almost any area of your face. But it may surprise you to learn all the places where fillers can be used to enhance your face. Fillers are most popularly used to smooth out wrinkles, enhance cheekbones, plump lips and to soften nasolabial folds. But many people are starting to opt for fillers in other areas as well to avoid surgery. Fillers can be used to rejuvenate hands and change the shape of your face, like with chin augmentations and filler nose jobs.
How Soon Do Fillers Work? How Long Do They Last?
Most fillers work instantly. The only filler that doesn't is Sculptra. The results can often be addicting, and many people can end up going overboard with their fillers. Fillers last about six months to two years, but this also depends on what kind of fillers you get and where you get them.
Because Radiesse stimulates collagen and provides instant results, the results can last for a long time, and when crossed with Juvederm Voluma the results can last up to two years. Juvederm Volbella and Restylane Silk last about six to nine months for fine lines. Results also depend on your metabolism and how frequently the injected area moves. Since your mouth moves a lot, fillers in that area often don't last as long.
Your metabolism can affect how long fillers last because your body may absorb the fillers faster or slower than someone else.
How Much Do Fillers Cost?
Filler prices range from $500 to $1,500 per syringe. Only one to three syringes are recommended for your first visit. Repeat filler injections usually cost slightly less. The type of filler you get will determine how long you should wait to get fillers again.
Do Fillers Always Look Fake?
Fillers don't have to make you look like you've had work done. If you are working with a professional, and you don't overdo it, fillers can actually look so natural that people may not even be able to tell.
Are There Side Effects?
Filler injections are a medical procedure and should be taken seriously. Side effects can include infection and vascular occlusion, which can lead to skin necrosis, stroke or permanent blindness. It is extremely important to be seen by a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon who is well trained and experienced with filler injections.
If you are seen by someone qualified, your side effects should be nonexistent, but there is risk involved with any medical procedure.
If you're considering facial filler injections, do your research. Do as much research as you can on the different types of fillers, and discuss them with your doctor to see which ones would be best for you. There is no rush, and great results are better than rushing into something you are unhappy with.
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