WHAT IS IT?
There is only so much a great skincare routine can do. You can use the best products on the market, and still feel dissatisfied with their effect on your appearance. The loss of collagen and volume, repetitive facial movements, gravity and sun exposure work against your face’s natural shape and youthful look.
That’s where dermal fillers come in. Dermal fillers are different from Botox/Dysport injections. Both help improve the appearance of wrinkles and give your face a more youthful, relaxed look, but fillers are designed to plump and smooth — not prevent the muscles from contracting.
- Nasolabial folds
- Marionette lines
- Under the eyes
- Shallow contours of the face
- Facial creases and deep lines
- Recessed scars (from acne or chickenpox)
HOW IT WORKS
Fillers replenish the collagen layer of the skin. Injections are placed at the subdermal-dermal levels of the skin’s surface and have an immediate effect on its volume.
Here is where the art of injection is important: it matters where fillers are placed to achieve a natural look. Each filler has its own personality, meaning your injector should choose a certain filler based on how your skin and face are aging. You may see folds around your mouth, but this could be a symptom of missing volume in the cheek area.
PREPARATION, RESULTS & RECOVERY
Good preparation is key for dermal filler injections. Before a procedure, we recommend to avoid taking multivitamins and any other medications that fall into the category of blood thinners for 7-10 days prior to appointment. Other tricks that may help with possible bruising and downtime are avoiding alcohol for 48 hours prior to procedure, adding pineapple to diet and/or taking Arnica tablets 5-7 days before treatment.
Results are immediate and can last anywhere between 6-12 months.
Depending on the number of areas being treated, dermal fillers take between 10-20 minutes to administer.
Down time of filler injections consist of swelling, possible bruising, and minor discomfort. Down time can last up to 2 weeks, but normally resolves within a few days. Ice and antihistamines can help speed up the process.
Avoid strenuous activity for 24 hours after your injections as well as makeup to the treated area.
Things to know
- Fillers can be used as part of a complete facial rejuvenation approach with other anti-aging treatments, like Botox, laser treatments, Latisse and quality skincare products.
- There have been cases where fillers have been inadvertently placed in a blood vessel, which can cause major problems like skin death or even blindness. This is why it is vital to know who is injecting your dermal filler. It is important to go to someone who is injecting filler on a daily basis and has proper, in depth training in the administration and complications of dermal filler. Our Nurse Practitioner injectors solely do injections on a day-to-day basis.
- Knowing how to treat a complication is absolutely, without question, the most important aspect of injecting. Not only do the providers at The Look know how to avoid complications, they guide other providers on how to properly treat complications when they occur. Combined, they have trained over 4,000 injector providers in the U.S.
FACTS ABOUT FILLERS
- All dermal fillers that are hyaluronic acid can be reversed.
- Like with Botox, the needles are tiny, and injections come with minimal discomfort.
- People who have a history of severe allergic reactions to lidocaine or hyaluronic acid (HA) cannot use this product.