Fillers: All You Need To Know

January 24, 2023

The entire “filler” issue can be a little perplexing if you are not completely engaged in the beauty industry and are thus required to study dermatology as part of your job (hey, it is me). My friends frequently believe that fillers in Montclair, NJ are solely for the lips or that Botox and fillers are somewhat interchangeable. No, although close, as both involve the use of needles, and filler is really used almost everywhere. It is complicated partly because there are many different types and styles of filler, which is a category similar to eyeliner. Additionally, the filler is hidden behind the skin, and it is difficult to picture something you cannot actually see.

Why use a filler?

To appear younger! The term “filler” refers to ingredients that are injected under the skin to swell up areas that are beginning to droop. Additionally, they restore volume to places like the apples of the cheeks and temples, which have a tendency to lose volume with age. (To notice the differences in those places, look at images of young and old persons.)

What material is it composed of?

There are several sorts or “styles” of filler, including hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxylapatite, and your own fat, similar to the eyeliner illustration above. Hyaluronic acid is used for fillers in the great majority of cases nowadays since it is extremely safe, feels more like actual skin, and is transitory. Although the word “temporary” may sound bad—filler is expensive!—people really prefer this feature since it makes it less frightening in case you change your mind. Your body already contains HA, which is a very safe moisturizing ingredient that you’ve undoubtedly already seen in moisturizers.

Allergan and Galderma are two firms that produce injectable HA, and they produce it in a variety of densities and consistencies so that you may utilize a softer style, for instance, in your lips than in your cheeks. You will find that each section of your face has a little different density if you feel about it.

Is it painful?

Yes, it does. But it is highly subjective, just like any terrible experience. Users using fillers in our offices evaluate the discomfort on a scale of 0 to 7, with lips being the most painful area. The use of topical numbing cream or icing your face before the injection will also have a significant impact on this. Aching is reduced after the injected chemical is in your face thanks to lidocaine, another numbing ingredient. It might hurt if you are “over-filled,”, especially in the lips.

Can you inject it anywhere?

Dr. Engelman answers, “Almost anyplace. And it is virtually accurate. Currently, the FDA has approved fillers for the hands, cheeks, lips, and hands-on the U.S. market. However, physicians are permitted to use these fillers off-label (i.e., try other stuff at their own informed discretion). Doctors from all around the world exchange thoughts and experiences. The temples, nose, hairline (for a brow lift), earlobes, beneath the eyes, along the jawline, in the chin, and across the chest are the most popular places to utilize filler off-label. Given that HA is a natural hydrator your body also makes, clinicians occasionally inject a tiny quantity of HA filler all over a patient’s face, almost like a super-deep moisturizer.

What dangers exist?

According to Dr. Engelman, the majority of hazards are temporary and include typical needle side effects including bruising, swelling, and soreness. If you press too firmly on the filler before it fuses with the tissue, it may potentially be pushed about beneath the skin. Do not have a facial or a massage with your face in a cradle for the first two weeks, she advises. The terrifying risk, which is exceedingly rare, is that an injection might result in blindness if it hits an artery leading to the eye. There have reportedly been 98 instances of this recorded globally.

 How can I locate a dependable supplier?

Those of us at Coveteur who have filler usually see physicians and cosmetic surgeons who have credentials, such as board certification from the American Academy of Dermatology, and we Google the hell out of them prior to our visit. The practice of cosmetic injectables is, however, carried out by some excellent nurses, and it is quite lawful for them to do so. You might want to invest a little more money on your initial visit to a seasoned physician so you can be confident in the outcome. (You get what we mean? With a wink. If you’re thinking about hiring a service, read all the reviews and seek high-quality before-and-after pictures on their website.

Can it be undone?

If it is HA, only. Hyaluronidase, a counter-injection, can dissolve HA fillers. Although, it might take up to two days to dissolve completely, it can be used straight away.

What is the price?

The price mostly varies by location. The cost of a filler syringe in New York with a well-known, well-respected, and skilled dermatologist like Dr. Engelman ranges from $900 to $1,400—and you could need more than one syringe. The cost may be closer to $450 to $750 per syringe in the Midwest. To be able to say no if the price is too much for you or if you change your mind, a consultation is crucial, as is seeing a dermatologist who makes you feel at ease. Consider this: A truly excellent dermatologist will not be clamoring for your patronage; instead, they will merely want to make you feel at ease and joyful while they are taking care of you.

What is the duration of it?

Dr. Engelman states that “most of them now endure for at least a year, but some last up to 18 months.” The time it takes for different fillers to be absorbed and processed by your body varies. Additionally, each individual “metabolizes” the drugs in somewhat different ways. Some filler materials include permanent components that are sort of perpetually present in your body.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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