It happens to everyone eventually. You look in the mirror, and the person looking back is someone you don’t recognize. Crow’s feet, forehead creases, and nasolabial folds make your face seem more like a topographical map than something that would launch 1,000 ships. Good thing science has developed a miraculous way to beat back the hands of time – dermal fillers.
More than 3 million people experience the life-changing benefits of dermal fillers every year, a filler is one of the most common cosmetic procedures on the market today. If you’re thinking of erasing years off your face for a fresh, rested look that still looks like YOU, give our office a call today and schedule your free consultation.
The Benefits of HA Fillers
1. HA naturally occurs in the skin
Hyaluronic acid fillers reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles. HA naturally occurs in the skin and helps the skin retain water, creating a plump, hydrated complexion. HA fillers can be used to restore moisture to the skin, giving it volume from the inside out.
2. HA fillers attract water, plumping lines from the inside out
When HA fillers are injected into the skin, the hyaluronic acid in the filler attracts water – up to 1,000 times its weight! As water is attracted to the HA particles in the dermal filler, the skin is gently rehydrated from the inside out, wrinkles are filled in, and the skin appears smooth and youthful.
3. HA fillers are customized for each area of the face.
Though all HA fillers contain hyaluronic acid, they are each specialized for certain parts of the face. For example, fillers that contain larger particles are used for areas such as the checks, where you’ll need more filler to achieve a lifted look. Other HA fillers contain smaller particles, making them a better fit for tiny areas such as filling in fine lines.
At Ageless Remedies, we use the Juvederm family of hyaluronic acid fillers, such as:
Voluma uses a blend of different molecular weights of hyaluronic acid to lift and contour the cheek area for up to two years.
Vollure XC uses the Vycross technology to deliver a combination of hyaluronic acids to smooth moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds for up to 18 months.
Volbella adds subtle volume to the lips and softens the appearance of fine vertical lip lines around the mouth for up to one year.
Juvederm Ultra XC corrects moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. It is also excellent for adding a desired range of fullness to plump the lips.
Juvederm Ultra Plus XC fills moderate to severe facial folds and wrinkles. It can produce immediate results that last over one year.
4. HA fillers aren’t permanent
Unlike cosmetic surgery, fillers aren’t permanent. That means your provider can adjust your filler treatment as your needs change.
For example, if you were to receive lip implants at 40, chances are, the look you love wouldn’t last until age 60 because your face keeps aging, but your implant stays the same. Fillers, however, need to be refreshed every few years, so your filler treatment can be adjusted both in volume and placement as your face changes naturally. With fillers, your look stays up to date.
5. Fillers are fast
It’s so easy to get fillers, you can get them done on your lunch break. All it takes is a few minutes to inject the dermal filler into your wrinkles, fine lines, lips, cheeks, or tear troughs, and then you can get on with your day.
6. No recovery time
Unlike surgery or other invasive cosmetic procedures, there is so recovery time after getting fillers. You may experience slight redness or swelling at the injection site, but that will fade in a few hours. You can go right back to your daily activities as soon as you leave your filler appointment.
7. Fillers make you look like YOU!
We’ve all seen cases of “bad plastic surgery.” It can be difficult for even the best cosmetic surgeons to foresee exactly how a cheek implant, lip implant, or facelift will look on your face after surgery.
But with fillers, we’re working with tiny amounts of filler – enough to plump up lines and wrinkles or add a small bit of volume to the face. Small changes = Natural results. We can even add to your fillers incrementally so you’re able to fine-tune your results. Fillers are the delicate touch of help you desire when you want to look like YOU, not someone who’s had “work done.”
That being said, you’ve almost certainly seen people with overdone fillers. What looks “overdone” to you looks perfect to them. It’s what they request from their provider. It’s not a mistake on the provider’s part.
Side effects of fillers in the face
Fillers are considered very safe, which is why millions of people get them every year. Side effects from fillers are generally very mild and temporary, such as slight swelling, burning, or itching at the injection site. These typically go away within a couple of hours after the dermal injection.
More serious side effects of fillers are very rare. As long as you get your fillers done at a reputable dermatologist or medical spa-like Ageless Remedies, you’re not likely to experience any of the rare side effects of fillers, such as lumps and bumps, infections, or discoloration.
Botox vs Fillers
Botox and fillers are like the two best friends you love hanging out with, with the same goals (making you look rested, youthful, and gorgeous) but who accomplish that goal in different ways.
Botox is a neuromodulator that temporarily dulls the muscle activity wherever it is injected, usually between the eyebrows, in the forehead, or the crows’ feet area. By temporarily disabling the muscles under the skin, wrinkles smooth out on their own without fillers, because it’s the movement of the muscle that causes those wrinkles. Results from Botox typically last between 3-6 months.
Fillers are often used in conjunction with Botox, but dermal fillers work differently. Fillers add volume into the creases of wrinkles, smoothing them out. For wrinkle reduction, dermal fillers are often used to soften wrinkles around the mouth, as well as fill in spots that naturally lose volume as we age, such as the cheeks, tear troughs, temples, and lips.
Do fillers ruin the face?
Fillers do not ruin the face when used appropriately to achieve a natural look. Replacing face volume lost by aging only plumps the area back to a previous level. As long as you’re not going overboard with fillers and stretching your skin past its point of resiliency, fillers do no long-term harm to the face.