Myth 1: It Won't Look Natural
Fillers are products used to replace the volume we lose in our faces as we age. If done correctly and with a good aesthetic sense, you will look rejuvenated and natural. It is true - if too much filler is used or is placed in the wrong location, it can look unnatural. For the best results seek out a specialist who has expertise in using fillers in the face.
Myth 2: It Doesn't Work; I Can't Tell the Difference
While the results can be subtle, the results are real. If you are on a tight budget, I would recommend focusing on one particular area, rather than putting small amounts of filler in several areas.
Myth 3: If I Don't Like It, I'll be Stuck with It
Most filler products today are hyaluronic acid products (Juvederm, Voluma, Restylane). These products can be reversed, usually within several days, by injecting a product called hyaluronidase into the filled areas.
Myth 4: There Will be a lot of Bruising or Down Time
Most bruising and swelling can be reduced by preparing for your injections - no aspirin or ibuprofen 24-48 hours before your appointment. Also the use of a cold compress during and after your injections. However, the level of expertise and skill of your injector also makes a difference. For instance, I use an Accuvien Finder which allows me to circumvent areas that quickly bruise.
Additionally, I give each patient a patch to wear for a few hours after the injections which releases a solution that helps reduce bruising and swelling. Sometimes bruising and swelling cannot be avoided. That's why we give each patient a packet of Arnica gel and capsules to use the first few days after treatment.
Myth 5: It Will be Painful
Most dermal filler products today are packaged with numbing solution mixed into them. We also use topical numbing ointment prior to your injections. Additionally, I use micro-cannulas vs. a needle (cannulas are blunt-tipped - not sharp like needles) which reduce bruising, swelling and have minimal discomfort.
Myth 6: I Have to Get it Done too Frequently/Too Much Maintenance.
It depends on the filler, where it is placed and the activity level of the person receiving the filler. Consequently, fillers need to be repeated every 3-4 months. However, some fillers such as Voluma lasts up to two years.
Myth 7: Fillers Can Replace a Surgical Facelift/The Results Will be the Same
While fillers can add volume and give the appearance of "looking lifted", they cannot ever replace the result of surgery which lifts and tightens the deeper tissues while removing excess and sagging skin. Often, a combination of surgery plus volume replacement with filler will provide optimal rejuvention results.
Myth 8: I Should Shop Around for the Cheapest Price
What is most important regarding fillers (or Botox for that matter) is not the type of filler being used. It is WHO is doing the work. It is the skill, talent, aesthetic sense, and expertise of the practitioner administering the filler that will make the difference. This process is similar to commissioning a beautiful piece of artwork. The type of paint or clay being used is secondary. What is paramount is the skill and vision of the artist.
Myth 9: My Dentist/PCP/OBGYN Does Fillers - I Will Just Get Them to Do it
Many doctors and dentists offer fillers to their patients as an extra source of income. Often, they have little training, sometimes just having taken a weekend course. It is best to seek a specialist who has the expertise in facial aesthetics and years of training when it comes to performing these procedures. For instance, I have been injecting Botox and dermal fillers for over a decade.
Myth 10: Fillers Can be Placed Anywhere - They Are All the Same
Not all fillers are the same not can they be placed in any location. Certain fillers should be avoided around the eyes and lips. For instance, Juevderm attracts water, and therefore not ideal to use close to the eyes where the skin is thin.
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If you would like to schedule a consultation to discuss dermal fillers, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at 713-877-8630.