The fight against aging can sometimes feel like an uphill battle especially because growing older is inevitable. While laser treatments can work on resurfacing the skin’s top layer, supercharged serums are known to work on hyperpigmentation and oxygen facials can boost hydration. However, we have to admit that it is a daunting task trying to find the right facial treatment that targets skin elasticity, hydration and loss of volume at the same time. Dermal fillers are a great choice as they do all the above.
Dermal fillers are injectable gels which replicate naturally occurring sugar molecules in the body. They increase hydration and volume when injected into the treatment areas of the face. Dermal fillers are a great option for individuals who are looking to correct lines, wrinkles and drooping on their faces.
It is good to explore your options before choosing which product to use by consulting with an experienced doctor. Some of the top dermal fillers or injectables used today are Botox, Dysport, Juvederm, Restylene and Sculptra. At Al Shunnar Plastic Surgery we will help you in understanding the similarities and differences between these options.
However, here are 6 things you should know before getting injectables:
#1 Consult A Professional
Your face is the focal point of your body and it should be treated with the utter most care. When you have health issues, you seek the services of a specialist doctor because you value your body. Therefore, it is equally important to seek the services of a doctor that specialises in injectables for the best results. Going to see a doctor who is trained in injectables and adopts a total face approach is critical to give you the natural results that you are after and also make you to look refreshed.
#2 The Facial Areas That Can Be Treated With Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers are injected into various facial areas so as to smooth out fine lines, improve the shape of your pout and to reshape and increase volume such as:
- The cheeks, so as to reduce the nasolabial folds and lift the area
- The lips, to add volume and plump them up
- Around the eye area, so as to minimize lines and tear troughs as well as crow’s feet
- The chin and jawline, so as to provide more definition
Sometimes the doctor can use dermal fillers in conjunction with anti-wrinkle injections in order to balance out the facial features and get more natural looking results.
#3 Timing Your Treatments
Different dermal fillers take different times for the results to be visible. Some dermal fillers show their results immediately after the treatment depending on the area of the face being injected and the swelling. Other dermal fillers take a little bit longer to show the results. They normally last between 6 months to 2 years depending on the type of dermal filler used and the quantity used.
#4 What Quantity To Use For A Natural Look
One of key difference between doctors is knowing how much to use and where exactly to inject. The secret for a natural look is to use just the right amount to get a good result without overdoing it. It is often better and safer to inject small amounts (which is also cheaper) and inject a little more during a follow-on consultation to give the filler or injectable time to be absorbed well without causing the “frozen” or “artificial” look or skin irritation. The second key difference is to know exactly where to inject. A tiny move to the left or right can result in issues such as imbalanced eye brows, which can give the patient an angry, asymmetrical look or sometimes even obstruct the vision. A well placed injection will result is smoother, softer look and can change the way the face looks, e.g. more relaxed, happier, younger. If a natural look is what you are after, be sure to look for a highly experienced plastic surgeon who has a track record of creating a natural look.
#5 The Cost, Pain And Risks
The cost of the treatment usually depends on the doctor, the quantity of injectable used and the brand of the injectable. Doctors who master injectables well often have higher price points, especially those who master the natural look, i.e. who can make your face look younger and fresher without anyone noticing that you have had Botox or fillers. On the other hand, the same highly experienced doctors often use small quantities, which lowers the cost of the treatment. The exact cost can therefore vary significantly based on the patient’s needs and preferences.
In order to minimise discomfort during the injection, a numbing cream is typically applied a few minutes prior to the injection, especially for patients that how a lower pain tolerance.
Risks typically fall into 2 categories. Firstly, the risk of injecting either the wrong injectable, the wrong amount or the wrong quantity. All of these can lead to an undesirable facial expression that may take some months to return to normal. In general, because the body is constantly changing, permanent fillers should be avoided and only temporary ones used. This risk is significantly reduced by using an experienced, Board qualified Plastic Surgeon in a licenced medical facility. Secondly there can be adverse side effects and reactions to the injectable used. This may sometimes lead to rashes or swelling that typically subsides in a few days. Please be sure to ask about the side effects and the risks and to mention any allergies, so as to know what to expect.
#6 Questions That You Need To Ask On Your Consultation
Always be prepared to ask multiple questions on your consultation for your satisfaction and peace of mind. Although dermal fillers are an effective treatment option for combating aging, they are also prescription only products and they should not be taken lightly. Some of the questions that you may want to ask:
- Which type of fillers will be used and why?
- Is this type of brand safe?
- Which of my facial areas will be treated?
- How long will the dermal fillers last for?
- What will happen if I do not like the final result?
- How much experience in dermal fillers do you have and where were you trained?
- Can I see photos of your previous work?
- What kind of after-care will you provide me?
- Will I need follow up appointments?
- How much will it all cost?
# 7 What Filler To Use For What?
Fillers and anti-wrinkle injection treatments achieve different results. Anti-wrinkle injections relax your facial muscles and smooth out wrinkles and fine lines. On the other hand, dermal fillers add shape and volume to certain areas of the face. Anti-wrinkle injections are used mostly from the eye area upwards while dermal fillers are used from the eye area and below.
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