Fillers are commonly known to address anti-aging concerns such as wrinkles and deep folds, in turn restoring a youthful appearance. In the latest of our “The Complete Guide” series, in which we answer all your burning questions about common aesthetic treatments, we dive deep into what fillers are, how they work, and it can help to turn back time.
What are fillers?
Fillers are a type of injectable with the purpose of plumping that area and reducing the appearance of any wrinkles, folds, or lack of facial volume.
Fillers can be made of various ingredients, such as:
- Poly-L-lactic acid: a biocompatible and biodegradable substance that is commonly found in surgery stitches and can be naturally absorbed by the body
- Calcium hydroxylapatite: a compound that is found naturally in human bones
- Hyaluronic acid: a naturally-occurring substance in your body that is commonly known for its anti-aging and hydrating properties.
What can fillers do for me?
Fillers can be used to fix many aging concerns, including:
- Smoothing out laugh lines or nasolabial folds (the deep creases that run from your nose to your mouth)
- Plumping up sunken tear troughs under the eye area
- Smoothing out indented scars (e.g. acne scars or chicken pox scars)
- Reducing the appearance of hollow or sunken cheeks
Fillers can also be done to achieve your desired face shape,such as:
- Sharpening of your face with chin fillers
- Augmenting your cheeks to restore youthful fullness
- Plumping up thin lips
What areas can be treated by fillers?
Fillers can be safely injected into many different parts of the body, such as:
- Under eyes
When do I see results? How long do results last?
Results are immediate – you will see increased volume in your treatment area after 1 treatment. How long results last depends on the type of fillers used.
Fillers that are generally made of hyaluronic acid can last up to 1 year.
Fillers that contain other ingredients such as poly-L-lactic acid or calcium hydroxylapatite can last up to 2 years.
What is the science behind fillers?
Fillers work to increase the volume of tissue layers that they are injected into. Depending on where and how the filler is administered, this can result in the reduction of wrinkles and folds, or the augmentation of your facial features such as a sharper chin or fuller lips.
Are fillers safe? Are there any side effects or downtime?
When handled by an experienced doctor, fillers are very safe and have minimal side effects. Common side effects include redness and minor swelling at the treatment area, but this should subside within a few hours after the treatment. Rarer side effects include bruising, but this should subside within 3 days.
To reduce the occurrence of side effects, it is recommended that you avoid taking substances that can hinder blood clotting prior to your filler injection, such as alcohol, omega-3 fish oil, ginseng, or Vitamin E.
What can I expect during the procedure?
Prior to your injection, either a topical anaesthetic or a regional nerve block injection will be applied to your treatment area, to make your treatment as comfortable as possible.
Once the area has been adequately anaesthesised, the filler will be safely administered into your skin. The effect is immediate with little to no downtime.
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