A Guide to Facial Fillers
Some compare cosmetic injections to haircuts or other temporary changes and apply the “it’ll just go back” attitude but it is much more serious than that. With the rise of fillers and other procedures that are similar, there is never a better time to educate yourself on the subject matter to ensure a thought-out decision is made and it is done safely.
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reports that over two million received botulinum toxin or filler injections in 2017. The popularity of temporary HA fillers has increased 85 percent since 2012. With this rapid soar of popularity, practitioners are taking advantage of the public’s demand.
Here is the information that plastic surgeons and board-certified dermatologists want you to know about what the syringe can hold.
There are different types of fillers.
Most fillers are made up of hyaluronic acid (HA) which is a safe sugar found naturally in the human body. Other fillers like Radiesse is made up of mineral calcium hydroxyapatite which what is found in teeth and bones. Sculptra uses poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), the same component that is used in absorbable stitches and it is a man-made polymer. Bellafill mixes cow-derived collagen and polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) to create something more permanent. These are all biostimulatory fillers give an immediate, short term plumping.
There needs to be a consultation with your doctor to see what filler is best for you.
Just because a friend got a specific filler doesn’t mean that filler is right for you. Dermatologists and plastic surgeons want to have to a discussion to discuss what exactly are the patient’s goals, anatomy, and needs and then go from there. The experts are trained to know what they are doing and how to handle a variety of different scenarios and concerns. When choosing a doctor, make sure you do your research to know their education and expertise and aesthetic to avoid any mishaps with a botched job.
Fillers can help more than just lips
Fillers can be used to elevate scars, rejuvenate hands, brighten sunken under-eyes, and sharpen jawlines. For the hands and jawline, doctors use structural fillers like Juvederm Ultra and Restylane Lyft. With the delicate under-eye area, they usually inject a fine layer of a more fluid HA to lift the skin up and avoid swelling or a bluish glow. For acne scars, they decide to use reversible HAs to smooth them out instead of Bellafill,the only FDA approved technique for acne scars. Bellafill is a heavier injection and lasts longer so doctors try to avoid it.
Fillers don’t fix everything
They don’t fix significant sagging or deeply etched lines. To address those issues, you will need much more like botox, peels, microneedling, or laser resurfacing. This is where Liza Glickman Medical Aesthetics Clinic can come in and help with those deeply set wrinkles with our eMatrix treatment or the various chemical peels that we offer.
They are not for everyone
Pregnant women, breastfeeding moms, people fighting active infections, and people allergic tp the filler components are all off limits for fillers. People who have a history of an autoimmune disease need to avoid them as well.
Fillers are a territory of the aesthetics beauty world that are to be taken seriously and researched. Botched jobs can cause infection, hit a blood vessel, cause tissue death and much more. But there are other non-invasive alternatives that we offer to address the wrinkles that you want to fix. eMatrix is a procedure that can be done to address wrinkles and the sunken under-eyes and there are no needles, no downtime, and no risk for infection. We also offer dermaplaning and peels to address acne scars.
Whether you want fillers or any treatment we offer to address those insecurities we are here to help you be the best you! Call us at 407-881-3603 to set up a consultation to figure out where we can help!