When it comes to injectables, it’s absolutely imperative to do your research. This article aims to help improve your understanding on dermal fillers. But at the end of it all, we still urge you to seek professional advice from (our) doctors before proceeding to get any injection done on your face.
#1 The Different Kinds Available
There are natural and synthetic fillers. Hyaluronic acid fillers are considered natural fillers and can last six to 12 months in the skin, while poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) and calcium hydroxyapatite are synthetic fillers that can last one to two years. The results for hyaluronic acid fillers are instant.
Hyaluronic acid acts as a water reservoir in the skin, drawing moisture to dehydrated areas. Leaveing your skin smoother and more supple, while it plumps up fine lines.
Poly-L-lactic acid is meant to stimulate collagen production, and requires three to five rounds over six months or more to see the full results.
Calcium hydroxylapatite is the heaviest of all dermal fillers and is used to fill moderate to severe creases and deep wrinkles, such as nasolabial folds and marionette lines.
Nasolabial folds, commonly known as “smile lines”, run from each side of the nose to the corners of the mouth. Marionette lines are the creases that run from the sides of your mouth to your chin.
Be a prudent patient and always ask your physician what sort of filler he or she is intending to use on your face – you’re better off playing it safe with non-permanent and reversible hyaluronic acid or collagen fillers, as these contain a failsafe option in the form of enzyme injections to dissolve any defective lumps and bumps. Permanent fillers, on the other hand, are a dicey dare best not taken, as you don’t have the luxury of a “backspace key” if anything goes awry.
#2 Getting Fillers Done
Your doctor first does a consultation and an analysis of your facial contours. He or she also explains the procedure, including any potential risks. Once all your concerns and questions are answered, you are ready to proceed with the procedure, which begins with cleansing your face before a topical numbing cream is applied and left on for 15 to 30 minutes.
Dermal fillers can be injected into different areas of the face in one sitting to help improve your overall face shape.
Most clinics will also arrange for their patients to return for a review in the weeks to follow after their fillers are done.
#3 What You May Have To Pay
The cost of these injectables varies from one clinic to another, and depends on the filler material used. Prices can range from $600 to $1,000.
#4 Yes, It Could Hurt
A filler injection feels like a regular injection. But in addition to the prick, you’ll also feel something pushing against your skin.
So how much pain is there?
The skin is usually more sensitive in areas where nerves and vessels are closer to the surface. These include the marionette lines, the skin around the lips, the under-eye area, tip of the nose, and the apples of the cheeks. Hence, the need for numbing cream.
#5 Suitable For All Skin Types
Dermal fillers are appropriate for all skin types. If patients are concerned about allergic reactions, a patch test can be conducted to ensure that the procedure is safe for you. Fillers can even be done if you suffer from eczema or rosacea. However, if you are pregnant, you should avoid any aesthetic procedures until after delivery.
#6 Best Time To Do Them
To look your best for an upcoming important event, get your fillers done at least two weeks to a month in advance. This allows temporary side effects like bruising, swelling and lumpiness to subside.
#7 Prolonging The Results
You can touch the injected area gently after the procedure but, for at least two weeks, avoid facials as the pressure from massaging will cause the filler to metabolise and dissipate quickly. Fillers last longer in areas with less muscle activity, such as the chin and cheeks.
If you’ve had fillers done, you should keep your heart rate low for at least two weeks after the procedure. Heavy aerobic activity, which increases the heart rate, can speed up the metabolism of the filler material.
Intense heat from spending time in a sauna or under the sun should also be avoided as heat generated by the body also contributes to the metabolism of fillers.
What can go wrong, and how can I protect myself from these risks?
The “beauty” of this minimally invasive treatment, so to speak, is the near absence of downtime: You can conceivably sneak out during your lunch break and be back in an hour with your colleagues being none the wiser for it.
Of course, some swelling and bruising is par for the course, especially if you’re getting work done around sensitive spots like your peepers and puckers, but it’s nothing a judicious dab of concealer won’t solve. That said, it’s incredibly important that you do your research and select a qualified doctor who can handle any complications which may arise. If you notice any lingering lumpiness, persistent pain or changes in vision – touch wood! – seek medical attention immediately.
What are some of the latest filler techniques and applications?
As versatile a treatment as any, opt to have your full face fixed, or spot-correct regions requiring a little smoothing and softening: The haggard hollows encircling your eyes; dimpling around the décolletage; or the back of your hands.
What if I’m only looking for a subtle boost in skin texture?
Another cutting-edge facial filler technique makes use of tiny doses of hyaluronic acid to simulate the dewy K-Beauty effect that’s bang on-trend right now. Said to steep your skin with a thirst-quenching torrent of moisture, this so-called “skin-boosting” method involves multiple micro-injections of non-permanent filler all over the face.
This novel form of filler placement promises a beguiling boost in plumpness that’s incredibly subtle and well-nigh undetectable – your skin, only better, with the sort of lit-from-within dewiness that’s the very definition of Mul-guang, or watery glow. In other words, you can expect firmer skin that’s glistening and glowy 24/7, with none of that telltale tautness that’s a mark of “over-filling.”
Here at Dr HAACH, we offer this service as the Skin Booster. You may contact our outlets at Raffles City: 62542524 and Novena Specialist Centre: 63347884 to inquire more about the abovementioned treatments from our doctors and consultants.