What Are Facial or Dermal Fillers?
Not to be confused with Botox, face fillers (or dermal fillers) are a minimally-invasive procedure that uses injections to add fullness to the face in specific areas such as the lips and cheeks. Face fillers are typically used on older clients who are looking to add more liveliness to their faces, along with anyone looking to treat issues ranging from wrinkles to thin lips.
Why Would You Want a Facial Filler?
There are many reasons why clients may want to receive face fillers. For older clients, the most popular reasons to receive face fillers include filling in wrinkles and adding volume to the face. For other patients, the main reasons are to add fullness to thin lips, enhance areas around the eyes, and to reduce the appearance of scars. However, there are many other reasons why clients choose to receive face fillers, and those looking to receive this treatment should consult with a professional to understand if dermal face fillers are right for them.
What Types of Face Fillers Are There?
Depending on where clients wish to get dermal filler injections, there are different types of fillers that are used to achieve optimal results. Once clients talk about their wants with a professional, the doctor will select the best facial filler for the client’s needs.
A Juvederm facial filler is a type of hyaluronic acid injection that is used for clients seeking improvements for skin conditions including acne scarring, smoker’s wrinkles around the mouth, lines on the forehead, and frown lines that form between the eyebrows. Hyaluronic acid can be found in the body, naturally, and is a great option for those looking to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and scarring.
Along with Juvederm facial fillers, Restylane is another type of hyaluronic acid injection that will also reduce wrinkles and scarring and work to boost the skin’s appearance.
Radiesse is a type of calcium hydroxylapatite injection used to reduce the appearance of more severe wrinkles that form around the client’s mouths, along with adding fullness to any areas of the face that are more concave. This type of injection contains no animal byproducts, making it a great option for those who value cruelty-free cosmetic procedures.
Sculptra is a polylactic acid facial filler whose main purpose is to boost any lines that appear on the lower half of the face. Some reasons to use Sculptra injections include laugh lines around the mouth and plumping thin lips. Unlike other types of facial fillers, Sculptra works with the body to produce collagen so the results won’t be immediately noticeable.
Do Facial Fillers Work & How Long Do Fillers Last?
A common question asked by facial filler clients is, “How long do fillers last?” Depending on the type of facial filler clients receive the length of which they last will vary. However, one thing is for sure: facial fillers do really work and provide clients with a youthful and voluminous-looking appearance. Juvaderm fillers can last anywhere from 1-2 years, Restylane and Radiesse facial fillers will last for approximately 1 year, and Sculptra facial fillers last the longest with their lifespan starting a minimum of 2 years.
Increasing Longevity of Your Facial Fillers
Like other cosmetic treatments, longevity depends on many factors including lifestyle and overall health. However, there are 3 key ways to increase the longevity of your facial fillers:
1. Hands-Off: After receiving your facial fillers, stay away from touching the areas that the fillers were injected. In addition, right after receiving the injections refrain from putting pressure on the areas—think laying on your back to sleep versus on your face.
2. More is More: Regular upkeep of injections is essential in increasing their longevity. Depending on the type of facial fillers received, some recommend more upkeep and more frequent injections than others.
3. Health is Wealth: Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is another great way to increase the longevity of your facial fillers. Think drinking water, using SPF when in the sun, and keeping your skin moisturized.
Which Facial Fillers Last the Longest?
Of the different types of facial fillers that clients can receive, Juvaderm and Sculptra face fillers last the longest.
Potential Side Effects of Facial Fillers
Even though facial fillers are a minimally-invasive procedure, clients should be aware that there are a few potential side effects of facial fillers. Some side effects include redness, swelling, bruising, and other pain. Getting facial fillers injections from a professional, certified surgeon is imperative in ensuring that clients don’t experience any pain or discomfort. In addition, following the doctor’s post-operation instructions will also help patients to feel their best after a facial filler.
Are you interested in learning more about facial fillers? Schedule a consultation with Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Mazaheri today!
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