Although many of us realize that aging is natural, that doesn’t mean we love seeing the signs of it on our face. The Skin Cancer Foundation estimates that more than 90% of visible changes attributed to skin aging are actually caused by the sun — so while you may love getting a tan, soaking up those rays may have taken a toll on your skin. Fortunately, there are ways to eliminate those skin problems without surgery, such as Botox and facial fillers. Today’s post will answer some questions about the latter.
What exactly are facial fillers?
They are naturally occurring gel-like materials that are meant to “fill” the skin in places that lack volume, have creases or lines, or need a more visible contour. They are injected into the skin to smooth and lift.
How can dermal fillers improve my appearance?
There are several ways dermatologists utilize these injectables. Most commonly, they are used to smooth out and fill in wrinkles, fine lines, and folds. Often, these wrinkles and lines may occur around the nose, mouth, lips, and other small areas. They can also be used to add volume to sunken temples and cheeks, plump the lips, smooth creases, increase facial contours, and provide better symmetry between facial features. That makes this option quite a versatile one.
What are the benefits over other procedures?
Skin experts will be quick to note that one of the main benefits of this treatment is the fact that it’s non-invasive. Because this procedure is quick and relatively painless, you can eliminate downtime without ever even considering surgery. In fact, the procedure can take as little as five to 10 minutes, depending on the circumstances. It’s also generally much more affordable than surgical options. And if facial surgery is still required, this treatment can actually be used as an accompaniment to improve smaller areas of wrinkles or lines that cannot be fixed via more invasive means.
How long do they last?
The effects last for varying periods, depending on the actual product used, the area being treated, and the technique that’s utilized. There are options that are considered to be temporary (which last anywhere from six months to a year and a half) to several years. There are even some fillers that are meant to last a lifetime. While deeper injections tend to last longer, results can differ from patient to patient.
Do they hurt and are they safe?
Most people who opt for this treatment find that it’s a relatively painless process. However, some find it to be slightly uncomfortable. As with any skin treatment, there is always the potential for side-effects; swelling, redness, tenderness, and itching are among these, but they usually resolve themselves within a few days. As long as this treatment is performed by a professionally trained and reputable dermatologist, it is considered to be safe. That said, it’s important to conduct thorough research and give this treatment careful consideration before deciding it’s right for you.
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