A few years ago the only way to reduce the signs of aging and obtain a more youthful appearance was to opt for a surgical facelift. These procedures had their benefits but many also had side effects that were inacceptable and many consumers would rather grow old gracefully than risk an undesirable outcome from surgery.
But all of that changed with the discovery of dermal fillers. They allow patients to take years off their appearance at a fraction of what a facelift would cost and without the risky side effects. Another benefit is that the procedure can be done in as little as 30 minutes and the effects can last as long as 12 months. Here is an overview of dermal fillers and what they can do for you.
The difference between dermal fillers and Botox is that they do not relax the muscles of the face the way Botox does. Instead, think of them like a sealant. When you apply a sealant it goes to the cracks in the surface and fills them in, completely removing the issue. This is what dermal fillers do. They “fill” the creases, fine lines, and tiny wrinkles in the skin giving it a smoother, younger look and feel.
Dermal fillers work on tiny wrinkles around the eyes, lips, cheeks, and temple areas. Everywhere you see wrinkles can be treated with injectable fillers. They plump up the skin making it firmer and younger-looking.
These treatments are not without their own risks, however, when used correctly and by trained medical professionals, the side effects are reduced and often temporary and resolve on their own quickly. Allergic reactions are a possibility but a doctor will know if your medical history indicates any reasons why you shouldn’t use a particular product and these types of problems can be avoided by being completely honest with your health care professional.
It takes careful planning and research from your doctor to discover which treatments are right for you. Not all fillers will work for everyone and they can only be used in certain areas so the doctor must know what products can be used where. It is a very careful science when it comes to this type of treatment
Some products are just better in general than others and work well for most patients. These are the names of dermal fillers made with hyaluronic acid, a substance that is naturally-occuring in the body.
Natural Hyaluronic Acid Products:
- Belotero Balance
These are very popular names for products that rarely have side effects and are generally well-tolerated. Side effects, if any, are usually mild and are only temporary. Patients may experience redness or swelling with some bruising at or near at the injection site.
The results can last from a few months to a year or longer. Research has shown that repeated injections of products containing hyaluronic acid can stimulate your body making it produce more of its own collagen improving results even more.
Dermal Fillers Made from Synthetics
Besides products containing hyaluronic acid, there are other dermal fillers that are created with synthetic materials. Some of these synthetic dermal fillers can leave small lumps or nodules under the skin after injection. They may go away and sometimes they have to be surgically removed.
Why would anyone use these if they had negative side effects? The benefits they offer are enticing and some feel it is worth the risk if successful. There have been many positive results reported with these products and that is why they are so popular and sought-after.
These synthetic fillers go by the names of:
How to Minimize the Risk of Side Effects
These products are generally considered to be safe, but taking a few extra steps will ensure the best possible outcomes.
- Do your research
- Talk to your doctor
- Make sure he or she is certified in dermal filler usage
- Avoid sun exposure as much as possible and use sunscreen at all times
Now you can make an informed decision about dermal fillers knowing the risks and the benefits they offer.