What to Know About Facial Fillers

If you’re active on social media, you’re probably always aware of what the latest cosmetic trends are. Most of the time, a lot of people aren’t willing to say that they’ve heavily edited their photos or had cosmetic procedures done. This can sometimes make it difficult to tell what features on a person are natural. For certain things, there’s only so much that makeup alone can do. Many trends today are actually caused by cosmetic procedures, which are often facial fillers.

Facial fillers tend to be treated pretty casually since they’re almost all temporary and are a quick procedure to have done. While these might be non-invasive and “lunch-time procedures,” they should still be taken seriously. Before you get facial fillers, here are a few things that you should know first.

What types of fillerqs are available?

When you’re getting dermal filler injected, there are a few different types that could be recommended. Most people prefer using facial fillers that have hyaluronic acid in them, like voluma. Hyaluronic acid is already in skin to help keep it moisturized, full, and smooth, but the amount decreases as we age. Since hyaluronic acid is found naturally in the body, there’s little risk for an allergic reaction. Other fillers may contain synthetic materials. Often, these fillers are intended to help the skin produce more collagen on its own to add fullness. Of these different types of fillers, the thickness of the formula may vary as well. This can affect how dramatic the results are and how long the results may last for.

What can a filler help with?

Facial fillers are most commonly associated with filling in wrinkles. The use of fillers can revive and plump up areas that have mild and moderate wrinkles. A common area for this is the wrinkles surrounding the mouth. While facial fillers are well known for fixing wrinkles, they’re able to do much more than that, even for people who have no signs of aging yet. If you aren’t happy with your natural bone structure, facial fillers might be exactly what you need. Fillers could add volume to the cheekbone area to make your cheekbones look fuller and higher. They could also give you some results that you would traditionally need surgery for. The use of fillers on the nose and jawline can reshape the natural appearance to make it look like a much more invasive procedure was done. Of course, some fillers can also be injected into the lips for fuller lips. The results of facial fillers are noticeable, but they should make it hard to tell that you’ve had any work done. Additionally, you might need a few injections to get the results you want, and they won’t always be immediately noticeable.

How are fillers different than botox?

If you aren’t familiar with all of the different types of injectables available, you might assume that facial filler and botox injections are the same thing. While they’re sometimes used interchangeably and can have similar results, they’re actually very different injections. Dermal fillers can add volume and fullness with injections that plump up the skin. This can be used for multiple concerns and most wrinkles. Botox works in a different way to relax muscles in the face to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. When the muscles are relaxed and not able to move as much the skin around it won’t get as wrinkles. Because of this, botox injections will only treat wrinkles caused by facial movements, like around the mouth or on the forehead.

How long do they last?

Most fillers are temporary and will be absorbed by the body. If you want to keep the same effects of your fillers, you’ll have to get them touched up. Depending on what fillers you have, this can be anywhere from six months to two years. There is an option for a permanent filler as well if you know that you’re committed to it. These fillers won’t be absorbed by the body, but aren’t typically recommended due to the long-term results. If you aren’t happy with the results of your procedure, many fillers can be reversed and dissolved with a separate set of injections.

What side effects can they have?

While facial fillers are generally safe to get, there are some risks that can come with it. Some of the common side effects of these procedures include:

  • Bruising
  • Infection
  • Itching
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Rashes

Rarely, a filler can be accidentally injected into a blood vessel, which can cause tissue damage and blindness.