What are fillers?
If you’re considering facial fillers, you probably heard about Restylane and Juvederm. We talked to a top aesthetic medicine doctor to get some answers so you don’t have to!
Dr. Tahsini has been practicing aesthetics medicine for over 20 years and is a fellow in Anti-Aging Medicine from The American Academy of Anti Aging Medicine (A4M). He is also the board-certified medical director in one of Los Angeles’ most famous beauty clinics. Aesthetics medicine in LA has progressed a lot in recent decades, and the beloved doctor has been helping people of Los Angeles to achieve healthy lifestyles that include advanced skincare regimens and procedures, diet, supplements, exercise, and anti-aging treatments. Read on!
What are fillers used for?
Doctors use facial fillers to treat fine lines and wrinkles because fillers give them the ability to instantly knock a few years off a patient’s face. Facial fillers are also used to plump and define lips and fill hollow areas on the face, and body. In many cases, different fillers are used to enhance different areas of the body like hands, and buttocks.
Restylane and Juvéderm are among the most popular fillers because they contain non-animal stabilized hyaluronic acid. These products are FDA approved for use in the nasolabial fold.
Where can I put fillers in my face?
Here are some of the areas that fillers work best on:
1- lines from the nose to the mouth (nasolabial fold)
2- lines from the mouth to the chin (melomental fold)
3- lines above the upper lip
4- in the lips for volume
5- to restore volume to cheekbones or cheek
At what age should I consider fillers?
Most clients are 30 and above. However, we believe that if you’re as young as 25 and with fine lines even when your skin is relaxed, you are a candidate. The ideal candidate for this treatment has been exposed to sun damage, has dehydrated skin, or is experiencing the first signs of aging.
How long do fillers last?
Fillers such as Restylane stimulate your own hyaluronic acid production. Hyaluronic acid is a natural sugar found in the skin, so the more often you get fillers done, the less dosage you’ll need in your next treatment in the long run.
Depending on the area treated, your skin type and texture, and the injection technique, Restylane can last between six to nine months. In some cases, the duration of the effects can be a bit shorter or longer. For example, since Restylane Lyft is injected deep into the dermis for mid-face volume and gentle lifting of lower facial lines, results can last over 12 months.
Results from Juvéderm® may also last between six to twelve months. Made by Allergan, Juvéderm Voluma® XC which is proven to last for up to two years when injected in the cheek area. However, individual results may vary, depending on the patients’ lifestyle and metabolism rate.
How long does it take for fillers to work?
It’s immediate! But it can take a few days to settle into its final shape. If you want to see the full effect, you need to wait between 7 to 12 days.
Do fillers have side effects?
Fillers have quite minimal side effects including redness, swelling, and bruising that in most cases subsides after three to four days. The great thing is that there is no downtime. Patients can return to their everyday activities right after their appointment.
What happens once the effects of my filler wear off?
Once the filler wears off, your skin will go back to its original state. However, once patients see the effects that fillers create to help with their appearances, they feel more confident and continue the treatment. This may be one of the reasons why they keep coming back for more!
What is the average cost of fillers?
Compared to the visible and quick effects that fillers create, they are priced reasonably. Restylane and Juvederm are usually priced by the syringe. For example, filling out the nasolabial folds, which are the lines from the nose to the mouth, can take one or two syringes usually. The price range is not that different from one clinic to another, but what’s important is that your injector is licensed and skilled. We do recommend that you always receive your fillers in a medical clinic under the supervision of a physician or aesthetics doctor. If you want to know more about different types of fillers, we created an infographic to help everyone understand the difference between fillers on one single page!
Which filler is the right one for me?
You must consult with your dermatologist, or your aesthetics doctor before choosing your filler. An experienced doctor can immediately find out what fillers work best for your skin, considering the results you desire to achieve. If you never received filers before, start your filler journey with a consultation with your trusted provider. If you want to get fillers on your lips, read our complete guide on lip fillers.
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